It has been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; however, a little known fact is that many common breakfast foods are not as healthy as they claim to be. In this article, we will examine the downfalls and benefits of several breakfast foods, and also provide you with some tips for a healthy breakfast.
Here are some common breakfast foods that aren’t as healthy as they claim to be, and why:
- Cereal: Many cereals are low in fiber and high in carbohydrates. Though these cereals do provide a short burst of energy, they are not good for overall health – after a bowl of these cereals, you may quickly crash.
- Doughnuts: High in sugar and carbs, and low on everything healthy and essential. Doughnuts are nearly the worst thing you can have for breakfast
- Muffins: Right up there with doughnuts. Not healthy. You’re eating cake for breakfast.
- Bagels: Continuing the trend of high-carb, low-nutrient foods, bagels can be deceivingly unhealthy.
- Coffee: A morning cup is OK with a healthy meal, but by itself, it provides no health benefits. It will give you a burst of energy, after which you will crash. Some studies also show correlation between caffeine and heart problems / high blood pressure.
- Bacon and Sausage: High in trans-fats and bad cholesterol, unless you’re frying them in peanut oil, these are not healthy at all – and even if you are, they are extremely high in sodium and low in nutrients you can’t get elsewhere. Not a healthy choice at all.
- Eggs, when fried in excessive oil: Though eggs contain nutrients and essential Omega-3 fatty acids, and can be healthy, if you fry them in a vat of oil you may end up with clogged blood vessels and an unhealthy heart.
As you can see, many of the breakfast meals you thought were acceptable and healthy are instead very unhealthy. In fact, there is an entire ideology which states that one should skip breakfast entirely, as this is purported to provide some health benefits. For many people, however, breakfast is an essential start for every day. Now, let’s look at some foods which are considered to be part of a healthy breakfast:
- Eggs: On both sides of the fence, we have eggs. The secret is in how they are prepared. Boiled eggs are healthier than fried eggs, and eggs fried in a little oil or in peanut oil are healthier than eggs fried in a pan halfway full of generic cooking oil. The healthiest part about eggs is that they contain Omega-3 fatty acids – essential for brain and heart health.
- Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is low in carbohydrates and high in protein. Consider peanut butter on your toast instead of butter or butter substitute. It is healthier in the long run.
- Fruits, fruit juice, and fruit smoothies: These are probably the healthiest breakfast choices of all. Fruits are high in nutrients, and the sugars and carbohydrates they contain are more easily processed and healthier than those in breads and cereals. It is recommended that you eat a variety of different fruits to take advantage of different vitamins and minerals contained within.
- Yogurt: Yogurt is a healthy, low fat dairy product. And it usually contains fruit to improve the taste. A healthy all around choice for breakfast.
Though there are many breakfast choices that are unhealthy, there are some that will provide you with the nutrients and long-lasting energy you need for the day. The information in this article will provide you with the knowledge you need for a truly healthy breakfast.