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8 Common Breakfast Foods You're Better Off Without

by Daniela McVicker

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When you want to set yourself up for the day you get told over and over again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 

But with so many of us glued to our work email and in a rush to get out the door the moment our alarm clocks go off, is it any wonder that breakfast is feeling the squeeze?

Many companies are bringing out faster ways to fuel yourself first thing in the morning and the market has become a big business.

But just how healthy are these so-called “healthy choices”? The truth is, there are many foods available that are claimed to be healthy but are actually not.

Here’s a list of 8 foods that you really need to steer clear of if you want to have a truly healthy start to your day:


Cereal Bars

cereal bars for breakfast

No article about healthy breakfast choices would be doing its duty if it failed to point out that cereal bars are loaded with sugar. You may have grown up on healthy cereals (more on that shortly) and see bars as a super quick way to fuel your body, but they’re just bursting with sugar.

Have you ever noticed that they’re always sweet and tasty much like a candy bar? Well, that’s because they often contain about as much sugar.

Your body is programmed to make you feel like you want more of it, and no one’s disputing how tasty they are. But that doesn’t mean it’s a healthy way to start the day.

And if you’ve eaten too much of them and can’t stop having them for breakfast, maybe a sugar detox retreat can help you get rid of that bad habit.


Cereal Drinks

Ask any nutritionist and they’ll tell you that you want plenty of lean protein for breakfast, not a sugary drink masquerading as instant carbs. Here are 3 key reasons why you should avoid cereal breakfast drinks right now!

  • They’re bursting full of sugar
  • They’ll cause your energy levels to dip within 1-2 hours after consuming them
  • They don’t help you kick start your digestive system the right way and can cause you to feel bloated and uncomfortable

They may sound like the ultimate way to ensure you never miss a meal, but that’s not the case since they’re too high in sugar to make them taste good.


Sweet Spreads

spreads for breakfast

Things like jam or Nutella on toast have been a staple food in homes around the world for decades, but that doesn’t mean they’re the right foods for your body. In fact, just two helpings of Nutella can give you an entire day’s worth of sugar in one hit. This will cause 3 things to happen:

  • Overload you first thing in the morning
  • Cause you to have a drastic energy dip around noon
  • Give your body more sugar than it’s designed to handle


High-Sugar Content Breakfast Cereals

fruit loops for breakfast

Not all cereals are bad for you. Natural unsweetened porridge or muesli are the epitomai of healthy choices. Things like Lucky Charms or Frosties are the very definition of unhealthy sugary breakfast cereals. They may taste great and come in eye-catching packaging that jumps out at us from the supermarket shelves, but this doesn’t mean they’re what your body needs.

As with the earlier entries on this list, they’re just going to result in a sudden dip in energy a few hours later. By that time, you’ll need another instant energy booster to keep up with your work... You can see how the cycle goes round and round.


Orange Juice

Now, this may be a little bit controversial, but hear me out, the problem with the fruit juices that are commonly found in grocery stores is that they actually upset the natural balance of your digestive system.

Yes, they may be rich in vitamins and minerals and no one is disputing that. But the high levels of sugar and their inherent acidity suppresses the natural behavior of your healthy gut bacteria.

Without those little guys working at full capacity, you won’t be able to break down foods and extract the nutrients that keep you going all day.

Now, if you really want to drink juice for breakfast, there are some good options that don’t have lots of sugar. To learn more about it, join a juice detox retreat and understand the function of each ingredient in your juice.


Gluten-Rich Bread and Pastries

bread for breakfast

We’ve bashed high-sugar products enough by now, so, let’s take a look at the other things you need to avoid for the sake of your long-term health.

Gluten has been a hot topic lately and it’s debatable if it’s a healthy option or not. There are claims affirming that we humans haven’t really evolved to digest grains very well. In fact, we only recently (in geological terms) turned to them as food through the advent of agriculture. We’re far more adept at digesting meat, eggs, and vegetables.

The result of this asymmetry is that gluten-rich bread slows you down in the morning when you actually want the opposite to happen. Want to know if you should be consuming gluten? Here are 3 ways to identify gluten intolerance:

  • You feel bloated or sluggish after eating bread in the morning (or at any other time of the day)
  • You feel hot or start to sweat if you eat a large amount of bread
  • An hour or so after eating it, you feel drowsy and in need of a nap

Clearly, none of these outcomes are conducive to getting your day off to a flying start. For this reason, it’s well worth moving away from gluten-rich products first thing in the morning.


Waffles and Pancakes

This is a classic that so many of us know and love, but it’s just not what your body needs first thing in the morning. A big pile of pancakes drizzled in syrup and topped off with some crispy bacon may taste great, but it’s overloaded with sugar.

You’ll feel a lot better if you take that crispy bacon with some gluten-free bread and an ample helping of almond butter. Give it a try and see what you think.



bananas for breakfast

I’ve saved possibly the most controversial food until last. Whilst bananas are a natural source of magnesium, they are full of sugar, too. This means that as the magnesium is absorbed by your body to improve your energy levels, you’re guaranteeing a dip in your energy in a couple of hours due to all that sugar.

Nobody’s saying for a minute that fruits like the banana are unhealthy. Just that you may not want to start your day with them when there are so many other great options out there. Opt to enjoy them for a midday or an evening snack instead. 

Disclaimer: The information in this article is of the author’s research. Please consult your doctor before taking any action. Tripaneer is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.

Need a ‘reset’ after years of bad eating habits? Why not go on a detox weekend and kick-start a new healthier lifestyle? You’ll thank yourself for it!

This article was contributed by Daniela, a guest author from TopWritersReview.

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