Healthy Breakfast Cereal
A healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet. The supermarkets shelves have an increasing supply of different types of cereal and you may not know which ones are nest for your health. If you start to make the wrong choice then you or your child could end up with cereal that is high in fat, salt, or sugar. If the cereal is eaten too often or the portion sizes are larger than normal then it could contribute towards weight gain, high blood pressure, or even tooth decay. So it is important for your health that you have a healthy, balanced diet.
What is a healthy breakfast cereal?
For a healthier breakfast cereal choose ones that contain wholegrain and that are lower in salt, fat, and sugar such as porridge oats, bran flakes or whole-wheat cereal products. Wholegrain contains fibre and B vitamins as well as other nutrients, fibre is great to help keep our digestive system healthy and working. Research shows that by having a good amount of fibre within your diet can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Having cereal is a great way to add in part of your 5 a day, in a few cereals there may be dried fruits such as raisins, dried apricots or dried banana or you can add fruit yourself. You could add strawberry and banana into your porridge to liven it up and without adding any unnecessary sugars to it such as syrup. You could also wash your breakfast down with a 150ml glass of fruit juice to get in one of your 5 a day. It is becoming more apparent that people are not having breakfast as they don’t have time in the morning and will just have an on the go option such as a latte. However, if you do not have much time then you could make overnight oats the night before or grab a porridge pot or have cereal when you get into work. You should always make time for breakfast as it is one of the most important meals of the day.
Looking at nutrition labels can help you
to compare brands so you can choose the healthier option. All nutrition
information is provided per 100g and per serving which is helpful when choosing
the right cereal. Most brands now use the traffic light system so that the more
greens there are on the label, the healthier the cereal is. Packaging is a big
part of food and can use bright colours and lots of pictures which may attract
more people however most cereal aimed at children especially isn’t the
healthiest, so when choosing it try to avoid the big distraction and focus more
on your health.