Believe it or not but your favourite cereal is possibly one of the biggest contributors to weight gain!
Even cereals that promote themselves as being a part of a healthy breakfast can be made up of more than 50% sugar by weight. And when you eat a massive amount of sugar the first thing in the day, it can spike your blood sugar and signal to your brain throughout the day that you need more sugar, leading to dips in energy levels and concentration—not exactly what you want to get from the most important meal of the day.
A fluctuation in blood sugar levels can also lead to weight gain and obesity over a long period of time. Because sugary cereals are often marketed to children, this can facilitate an unhealthy lifestyle during key developmental years.
Nutritionists recommend that consumers avoid cereals with more than 10 grams of sugar per serving and choose one with as much fibre as possible to stick with a healthy lifestyle. Research has shown that a diet with reduced sugar and increased fibre can lead to weight loss and an improved insulin function.
No wonder as a nation we are putting on excess weight so easily because there is so much sugar hiding in our favourite cereals!
Below are some of the cereals highest in sugar.
Coco Pops – 8 tsp of sugar per 100g
Let’s keep it real it’s closer to a dessert than a healthy breakfast option If they are your favourite just have as a treat. A single bowl with a 30g serve will give you a massive 9.7g of sugars per serve which is roughly 2 tsp per recommended serve but who does that
Milo Cereal – 7 tsp of sugar per 100g
Even tho they have had a reformulation, Milo cereal is one of the highest-rated cereals when it comes to sugar contents with 8.1g or almost 2 teaspoons of sugars per serve.
Uncle Toby’s Quick Oats Sachets (Classic) = 6 tsp of sugar per 100g
Looks pretty healthy right? Oats are always can be a good breakfast choice but the more processed quick oats do have more sugars than natural whole oats as they also contain added sugar and honey which works out to 8.1g sugars per 35g serving.
Kellogg’s Nutri Grain – 6 tsp per 100g
Let’s be honest we all loved Nutri Grain growing up. After all, it’s The original food for Iron Men, with 8.5g of protein per serve, you would also want to be an Iron Man to be burning off the 10.7g of sugars per 40g serve.
Kellogg’s Just Right – 5 tsp of sugar per 100g
If you think your being captain healthy with your bowl Just Right you might think twice. Even tho it’s a good source of dietary fibre with 4g per serve, it also packs a sneaky sugar hit with 9.2g sugars per 40g serve thanks to added sugar as well as the dried fruit.
Carman’s Classic Fruit & Nut Muesli – 4 tsp of sugar per 100g
Sugar is sugar. What a lot of blokes don’t realise is that the sugar in muesli generally come from the added dried fruits. When you have the added 10% dried fruit along with golden syrup explains the 6.8g sugars per 45g serve.
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes – 2 tsp of sugar per 100g
A household staple that was almost a part of the family. Corn flakes contain 2.5g sugars per 35g cup but are a pretty low fibre breakfast cereal option so not the best choice if you are trying to be healthy or fill yourself up.
Weet-Bix – 3/4 a tsp of sugar per 100g
A national treasure that should go straight to the pool room and one of the most popular breakfast options for Aussies, Weet-Bix does contain a small amount of added sugar but remains a whole grain, nutritious brekkie option. Some blokes even pop one into their Man Shake creations.
The Man Shake – 1/2 a tsp of sugar per serve
Eat breakfast like a king.
Now we may be biased but the proof is in the pudding and The Man Shake is one of the best ways to start your day. It’s packed full of protein at 30g per serve, 7.5g of fibre and filled to the brim with vitamins and minerals that would cost you an arm and a leg to buy separately. The best part is at only 2.4g of sugar per serve and only 209 calories it will turn your body into a fat burning machine.