A healthy day starts off with a healthy breakfast. However, there are many misconceptions about what is the healthiest breakfast to start your day. The right breakfast will leave you with lasting energy to fuel your day and will also help you curb your cravings and avoid midday slumps. Here are the top four worst breakfasts that you should stay away from:
No Breakfast at All
The worst thing you can eat is nothing at all. While most people would agree that breakfast is an essential part of your morning, there are still a quarter of American adults that skip the meal every day or several days a week. One Harvard study reported that men who skipped breakfast were 27 percent more likely to develop heart disease, while females who skipped breakfast were 28 percent more likely to developing Type 2 diabetes. Still not convinced that you should make breakfast a priority? Another study found that those who ate breakfast burned 400 more calories throughout their day. Not too shabby!
Juices and Juicing
A new health wave hit a few years ago that drove millions to starting the day off with fresh juice. While fresh juice is full of vitamins and antioxidants, they are also packed full of sugar. This is because you are consuming a large amount of fruit in one glass. While the sugar from fruits and some vegetables is natural, it can still cause a rapid rise in your blood sugar and insulin levels. It can be as dangerous for your blood sugar levels as drinking a soda first thing in the morning. It is much better to eat whole fruits or smoothies instead of just the juice.
Eggs are a great breakfast choice. However, when you sandwich a healthy egg in between a toasted bagel or English muffin, you are combining a good protein with a low quality carbohydrate. Not only that, but the high amount of carbs in your egg sandwich can also cause your blood sugar to rise and drop quickly, leaving you feeling tired mid-morning. Instead, ditch the bread and pair your eggs with some healthy vegetables and a side of berries.
Whole Grain or High Fiber Cereal
Many cereal boxes advertise themselves as being healthy, when the truth is that they are just high in carbs, sodium, and sugar. If you are going to stick with cold cereal for breakfast, be sure to read the label.
Staying away from these four breakfast no-nos can help you start your day off healthier. Aim to start your day off with healthier protein and slow-burning carbohydrates, like oatmeal.
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