Dietary myths: Cereals help lose weight

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

Most of the times, a nutritionist would suggest that you should consume cereals (with low-fat milk and we will refer to a next article on low-fat products), while you certainly have read on various sites to suggest them as necessary for our health as for someone who is on a diet. The truth is that cereals sold today, do not contribute to weight lose, since most of them contains sugar and glucose syrup, which is worse than sugar.

Let’s see the ingredients in two 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 recipe of the nutritionist is pretty much known. Drinking lots of juices, eating breakfast cereals, preferring low-fat products, a recipe that’s wrong. It is at least funny someone who fears the sugar he puts in his coffee, where certainly anyone who starts a diet will prefer his coffee black, to consume these cereals that are loaded with sugar and other sweeteners.

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

If you want to eat cereals because you like them, you are free to do it. But do not do it by believing that you are dieting or doing some good to 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 kefir in a blender and mix or add some cocoa powder to a banana or even eat yogurt fruit.


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