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Breakfast Foods You Should Stop Eating, According to a Nutritionist

We get it—the end of the year is nigh, and you are busier than ever. When your plate is piled high with a jam-packed schedule, finding time to eat (and eat well) is often left off the e-cal. The solution? Preparing simple breakfasts that will keep you full through lunch, of course, but which ones? With so many new health movements and superfoods being announced daily, knowing which wellness trends are in (and out) can be a veritable minefield—who knew these “healthy” foods were bad for you?

So to help us discern the good breakfasts from the bad, we asked holistic nutritionist, health coach, and founder of Frolic and Flow, Carly Brawner, to give us the lowdown. Ahead Brawner shares her top five so-called “healthy” breakfast foods to avoid. It might be time to put down that granola breakfast bar.

Add granola and tropical fruit toppings to the mix, and it’s quickly evident that this is not the breakfast of champions.”

 

So why is it bad for you? “Lots of sugar in the morning meals sets your body up for a day of blood sugar spikes, out of control hunger hormones, and more sugar cravings throughout the day,” Brawner explains. But don’t be quick to strike this delicious purple meal off the morning menu completely. Brawner says the homemade varieties are the best way to go. “Just make sure the base of your bowl is made up of healthy fats and protein, then add a bit of açaí fruit for flavor,” she said. “Sprouted nuts and seeds, grain-free granola, or berries are safe to top it off with.

Egg White Omelet

If you’ve been cutting out the egg yolk for fear of high cholesterol levels or their extra fat content, it’s time to add them back in. “Egg whites alone aren’t unhealthy,” she said. “But you will miss out on the nutritional value that the yolk provides,” she said. “Just eating the white part of the egg means choosing not to eat the majority of the vitamins and minerals an egg offers.”

 

Egg yolks are packed with essential nutrients such as choline, vitamin D, B and A, iron, and selenium, very little of which is present in the whites. “So if you’re going to toss any part of the egg, toss the whites,” she said. “I recommend eggs from organic, pasture-raised eggs from around your community or from Vital Farms.”

Conventional Yogurt

Who doesn’t add a dash of yogurt to their cereal or breakfast smoothie each morning? Not only is it delicious, but also it’s full of probiotics that are good for your gut health. Just be careful which ones you buy. “Not all dairy is created equal,” said Brawner. “Conventional yogurt comes from the milk of conventionally raised cows, and conventionally raised cows are not healthy animals. Most yogurt is made from this milk.”

 

So why is that a bad thing? “Conventionally raised cows are given antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids, and fed GMO corn that is sprayed with herbicides and pesticides,” Brawner explained. “Consuming these harmful ingredients can cause early puberty, antibiotic resistance, and hormonal problems.” All that aside, Brawner says most of this type of yogurt is loaded with sugar, sweeteners, preservatives, artificial colors, and chemicals that make their contents creamy and fluffy. “Some yogurts contain up to 25 grams of sugar per serving, which is way too much for a morning meal (or any meal),” she said.

But if you just can’t give it up, Brawner says yogurt from the organic milk of grass-fed cows can be a healthy breakfast option. “Grass-fed yogurt that is low in sugar provides healthy bacteria to the gut, calcium, omega-3s, potassium, and many other important vitamins,” she explains. “It’s satiating and contains fat and protein, so it could be part of a healthy morning meal (just don’t choose fat-free).”

 

Sugar-Free Sweeteners in Your Morning Coffee

We’ve been told repeatedly that sugar is bad, so in an effort to ditch it, many of us replaced it with sugar-free sweeteners. But this isn’t the answer either. The fake stuff is just as bad for you. “Lots of my clients pour packets of fake sugar in their morning coffee and it’s something I make sure to educate them on right away,” said Brawner. “Artificial sweeteners are still harmful, even if they aren’t sugar. Consuming them regularly has been linked to the same health concerns as sugar: obesity, insulin sensitivity, glucose intolerance, high blood pressure, and more.”

 

One to watch out for is sucralose, otherwise known as Splenda, which is a version of sugar that has been chemically altered. “Chlorine atoms are added to the sugar molecule, and oddly enough, chlorine is a known carcinogen,” she said. “Would you like some chlorine with your coffee? I didn’t think so.”

 

Another one is aspartame, also known as Equal, a non-caloric sweetener used in numerous foods and drinks. “It’s made from combining two chemicals in a lab and is about 150 times sweeter than sugar,” she said. “You may notice a headache after a sweet drink? That’s aspartame. Many claim the sweetener is linked to tumors and a variety of cancers. I avoid aspartame like the plague, and I encourage all of you to do the same.”

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36 Comments

  1. Reply

    All these sweet things

  2. Reply

    Pre-flavoured porridge is one of the ugliest food someone should eat

  3. Reply

    Basically we should stop taking food containing sugar as breakfast?

  4. Reply

    Nice info

  5. Reply

    Good article

  6. Reply

    this is a good post. nice

  7. Reply

    I learnt something from this

  8. Reply

    That’s good

  9. Reply

    Health is wealth

  10. Reply

    Thanks for update

  11. Reply

    Nice

  12. Reply

    Great article

  13. Reply

    Nice content

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    Very interesting

  15. Reply

    Nice

  16. Reply

    I really learnt alot from this article

  17. Reply

    Wow nice one I really like the info

  18. Reply

    Thanks for this information. I have always been a fan of all the foods stated above

  19. Reply

    Educative

  20. Profile photo ofSIRMUSTY

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    thank God i don`t take any

  21. Reply

    nice

  22. Profile photo ofKreator

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    nice article

  23. Reply

    Good post

  24. Reply

    Very informative article

  25. Reply

    Thanks for the update

  26. Reply

    Nice update

  27. Reply

    Nice update

  28. Reply

    Good sharing

  29. Reply

    Good to kw

  30. Reply

    Good to know

  31. Reply

    Very informative update.
    Breakfast is an important meal of the day, care should be taken to avoid toxic meals so early in the day

  32. Reply

    I always eat my egg whole, I even love the yolk more🙂

  33. Reply

    Noted …breakfast is actually the most important meal that shouldn’t be joked with

  34. Reply

    Educating

  35. Reply

    Very good
    Thanks for sharing

  36. Reply

    Nice

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