A new study would like you to believe that cereal is the best way to start your day. However, what they don’t tell you are the REAL cereal nutrition facts that make it anything but nutritious. Body Ecology founder, Donna Gates shares the truth about cereal and 6 of the best options for your weight optimizing, healthy breakfast.
A recent study, sponsored by General Mills, a leader in the US ready-made cereal industry, found that (surprise!) “Eating cereal at breakfast time can help people manage their weight and eat more healthily throughout the rest of the day.”
The study further suggested that eating cereal at breakfast increased the consumption of fiber and milk, while reducing the consumption of meat, eggs, bread and fatty foods.
What’s so interesting about this study is the company who sponsored it: General Mills.
Scientific studies have been scrutinized for many years for conflicts of interest from companies that sponsor the studies. In 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) scrutinized the field of biomedical research, finding “a statistically significant association between industry sponsorship and pro-industry conclusions.”
In a 2004 review The Canadian Medical association also found that industry-sponsored studies swayed study results.
And the debate continues today...
The thing is, that headlines often make people believe what the study is saying. In this particular case, I definitely don’t agree that refined, extruded cereal is the key to optimal weight and health. Here’s why...
Before deciding whether to eat breakfast cereal or not, it’s import to know some key cereal nutrition facts that most companies won’t tell you:
Sugar is acidic and robs your body of important minerals that you need to stay healthy and energized. To learn more, read: The 25 Key Reasons You Want to Dramatically Reduce or Avoid Sugar in Your Diet.
Walk through the breakfast cereal aisle and you will be hard-pressed to find any cereals that do not contain gluten.
More and more people are suffering from some kind of food allergy or “gluten intolerance” because their inner ecosystems are damaged and they are missing “grain-loving good bacteria” that help us digest gluten. These folks may crave gluten-containing foods and not even realize that gluten is the culprit for a wide variety of health issues.
At Body Ecology, we teach that gluten insensitivity and in many cases misdiagnosed cases of Celiac Disease can be corrected by inoculating your inner ecosystem with grain-loving, gluten grown microflora like the ones you will find in our Whole Grains Biotic.
To learn more about cereal nutrition facts, read:
There are so many excellent choices for healthy breakfast meals that are more nutritious, just as convenient and contribute to ideal weight and well-being.
Here are my top suggestions for what to eat instead of breakfast cereals:
If you really wanted to boost the nutritional value of your meal, you’d add sea vegetables and fermented foods and drinks to your healthy breakfast meal (see fermented foods and drinks, below).
Eating soup for breakfast allows your body to re-hydrate, which is critical first thing in the morning. To learn more, read: Why Soup Is More than Just a Great Meal for the Winter Season .
Fermented foods and drinks are also your most potent tool for boosting your energy and balancing the good bacteria and yeast you need to keep pathogens at bay. When you have more energy, you are more apt to exercise, another undisputed technique for weight loss.
Choosing the right ingredients is key. For recipes, read:
Enjoy your sweets the healthy way with all-natural Lakanto! Let’s face it, we all have a sweet tooth and it’s natural, but you don’t have to damage your health with sugar. Instead, use Lakanto, the only all-natural, no-calorie sugar substitute recommended by the Japanese Ministry of Health for weight loss, obesity and blood sugar problems like diabetes. When it comes to breakfast, eliminate sugar and sweeten your favorite drinks and meals with Lakanto!
Body Ecology grain-like seeds. At Body Ecology, We recommend four gluten-free seeds that have grain-like properties. They are amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa and millet. These grain-like seeds are the true weight optimizing “grains” because they help “feed” your good bacteria and yeast and they provide important B vitamins to boost your mood.
Here’s a delicious (and fast-cooking) replacement for typical breakfast cereals:
(Makes 2 large bowls or 4 smaller servings)
To learn more, read: Are You at Peak "Vitality?" Answer These Three Key Questions
Starting your day with any of these delicious healthy breakfast options can provide all the fiber and nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and energized. Eating breakfast the Body Ecology way helps to balance your inner ecosystem to boost your mood and immunity and keep you naturally slim.
I totally understand that morning is probably your busiest time of the day. Multi-tasking, like driving and eating, can create stress, which shuts down your ability to digest. This could result in gas, bloating and fatigue...not a great way to start your day. So PLEASE make yourself SIT DOWN for breakfast and take the time to not only enjoy your Body Ecology breakfast but also remember that important sense of gratitude.
Sitting calmly and eating slowly while chewing thoroughly will also be helping you improve your digestion. As I often find myself saying...”it’s not justwhat we eat...it’s what we digest that really matters”. Healthy digestion is where abundant good health and longevity really begin.
Give yourself the gift of time in the morning to enjoy your meal and nourish yourself with real food and your body will thank you with energy throughout the day!
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