Avoid These Common Breakfast Foods
Breakfast is the first meal of the day. The word is a portmanteau of “break” and “fast,” referring to the conclusion of fasting since the previous day’s last meal. It is widely referred to as the most important meal of the day. Breakfast usually consists of foods that are high in energy content.
For most people, breakfast is the only meal to include some vital nutrients such as calcium from milk as well as fiber and antioxidants from whole grains. Therefore, it is wise to choose healthy breakfast items to start your day and avoid breakfast items that have no nutritional value.
Here are the 4 foods that you must avoid for breakfast, find out why:
1. Carrot Cake Muffin
Perhaps the word “carrot” makes it sound like a healthy breakfast item, but most commercial carrot cake muffins are high in fat and calories. One serving of this favorite breakfast muffin from a coffee chain store contains a whopping 680 kilocalories and 40 grams of fat.
Doughnuts are fried breakfast foods. One piece of glazed doughnut from a doughnut chain store contains 200 kcal of empty calories with precious few nutrients. What is worse is that it contains four grams of trans fat per serving. That is already two times more than the recommended amount of trans fat a day. Doughnuts with fillings contain even higher amounts of calories and trans fat.
3. Frozen Waffles
Similar to doughnuts, frozen waffles are another example of empty calories when it comes to breakfast foods. Most store-bought frozen waffles are basically refined grain combined with refined sugar and trans fat, lacking health-promoting vitamins, minerals and fiber. Most people add syrup and margarine on their breakfast waffles, hence adding even more calories and fat.
4. McDonald’s Deluxe Breakfast
With such breakfast items as scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausages, pancakes and dressing and syrup, this deluxe breakfast contains a shocking 1,120 kcal and 61 grams of fat. With that much fat, it is like swallowing 13 teaspoons of vegetable oil in one setting. What is more shocking is that this breakfast item at McDonald’s contains 11 g of trans fat, that is 5 times more than the daily recommended amount of trans fat!
On the other side, there are myths about what we should or shouldn’t eat at breakfast. Milk and different kinds of cheese drive to osseous problems, can Calcium mineralize ?
Myth or Fact ? : Calcium Causes More Hip Fractures
All our lives we have learned from almost everywhere and everyone that calcium makes us strong—particularly our bones. And now you see the title of this post saying it causes hip fractures and even 64% more hip fractures? Have we believed in a myth all this time?
No. The actual myth is that calcium ALONE will make our bones strong. The truth is, calcium is not enough. We need vitamin D to make the most of the calcium that we take. Calcium absorption rate is poor in the absence of adequate vitamin D, as it is needed to form the matrix of bone.
Protein is just as important, too.
According to calcium researcher Dr. Heike Bischoff-Ferrari of Tufts University, the increase in hip fractures may be in large part due to insufficient protein intake. There must be a balanced amount of calcium and phosphate to convert calcium into bone.
Many people – particularly the elderly – are not consuming enough protein to absorb sufficient amounts of phosphate.
What should you do?
* Be sure you are getting enough vitamin D and protein first, then worry about calcium.
* For a guide to vitamin D intake, search online.
* Supplement where necessary – many calcium supplements come with vitamin D, a good bet is 1000 IU’s per day.
So, what are you waiting for? Drink that glass of milk and go for a walk. It’s a beautiful sunny day!