Dietary Myths: Eating Cereal Help you Lose Weight

Cereals find their way in our kitchen. Dozens of products [1] in recent years have been moved from a simple snack to “necessary” for a balanced diet, and they advertised as very helpful for someone who wants to lose weight. But do you lose weight with cereals?

Most of the time, a nutritionist would suggest you eat cereals (with low-fat milk and I will post in the next article about low-fat products), while you certainly have read on various sites saying that eating cereals can help your health and your diet. The truth is that cereals which sold today, do not contribute to weight loss since most of them contain sugar and glucose syrup (which is worse than sugar).

Let’s see the ingredients of two random products:

Nestle FITNESS® Original

Cereal Grains (Whole Grain Wheat (contains Gluten), Rice), Sugar, Partially Inverted Brown Sugar Syrup, Barley Malt Extract (contains Gluten), Salt, Glucose Syrup, Trisodium Phosphate [2].

Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes

Milled corn, sugar, contains 2% or less of malt flavor, salt, BHT for freshness [3].

The classical suggestion a nutritionist makes is pretty much known. Drink lots of juices, eat cereals for breakfast, choose only low-fat products, a recipe that’s wrong. It is at least funny someone to have fear for the sugar in his coffee, where certainly anyone who starts a diet will prefer its coffee black, to consume these cereals which are loaded with sugar and other sweeteners.

You are therefore at risk to gain weight instead of losing it and can cause a number of problems to your body from the excessive sugar consumption. The funniest thing is that some people suggest these cereals as a breakfast, where in the morning, the body (and fat cells) are more sensitive to insulin and the sure thing is that sugar will be stored as fat.

If you want to eat cereals because you like them, you are free to go. But do not do it because you believed that by eating cereals you are dieting or doing anything good for your body. Those who lose pounds while eating cereals, they do it because they cut their calories too much. If you want a better breakfast or snack, pour some fruits and some kefir in a blender and mix them or mix some cocoa powder with a banana or even eat some fruits with yogurt.

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