Bad choices ruin brekkie

The Daily Examiner - - HEALTHY LIVING - SUSIE BUR­RELL Fol­low Susie on Twit­ter @SusieBDiet

WE HAVE been told many times that eat­ing first thing in the morn­ing is im­por­tant to help boost our meta­bolic rate and sup­port weight con­trol.

But the truth is it’s not just about eat­ing some­thing, rather it’s about eat­ing the right types of food.

In fact, mak­ing the wrong break­fast choices could be do­ing more harm than good when it comes to the hor­mones that ul­ti­mately con­trol fat me­tab­o­lism in the body.

Here are some of the worst break­fast choices and the rea­sons why.


If you make your own fruit yo­ghurt us­ing a plain yo­ghurt and some fresh fruit there is no is­sue as all the sug­ars in both the yo­ghurt and fruit are nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring.

On the other hand, if you pick up a yo­ghurt and muesli cup on the way to work you are mostly adding 20–30g or five to seven tea­spoons of con­cen­trated sug­ars into your day.

Just be­cause it looks healthy does not mean it is low in added sug­ars.


Gen­er­ally a week­end treat, pan­cakes can make a quick and tasty break­fast when we find our­selves at the lo­cal cafe. When it comes to their nu­tri­tional pro­file though, pan­cakes, along with the syrup, fruit and ice cream they are gen­er­ally served with, can con­tain more than 50g of sug­ars as well as plenty of re­fined car­bo­hy­drates thanks to the con­cen­trated white flour they tend to use.

It is the com­bi­na­tion of sug­ars and starches that re­sult in ex­tremely high in­sulin lev­els, which make pan­cakes best left as an in­fre­quent treat, be­fore you are about to un­der­take plenty of ex­er­cise.


Eggs are reg­u­larly men­tioned when dis­cussing the best break­fast op­tions, thanks to their high pro­tein and nu­tri­ent con­tents.

On the other hand, when they are served with mul­ti­ple pieces of fatty ba­con — or on a large white wrap or bread roll — this quick break­fast on the go be­comes high in sat­u­rated fat, salt and pro­cessed car­bo­hy­drates.

The best op­tion? Poached eggs with whole­grain toast and if you must add the ba­con, ask for just one slice of the lean­est piece on spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

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SWEET AS: That take­away yo­ghurt and muesli cup could add five to seven tea­spoons of con­cen­trated sug­ars into your day.

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