Tips to keep the family fit and active.
That 'Healthy' bowl of granola has more sugar than coke...and more fat than fries!
Posted on 12:59pm Sunday 13th Nov 2011
We all know to lose weight and keep it off permanently we need to adapt a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise being the main ingredients. However eating healthy is easier said than done. No I'm not talking about when we give into those cravings or lose interest in being healthy - although I think a lot of us suffer with this at times (I know I do).
No, what I'm talking about is when we are really trying to be healthy, but sadly are fooled by clever marketing or conflicting articles about what we should be eating.
We hear it all the time that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how many of us are getting it wrong from the beginning of the day? Through no fault on their own, generally really trying to me good.
So I've been doing a bit of research on breakfast options and I came across this article from the Mail Online saying 'That 'Healthy' bowl of granola has more sugar than coke...and more fat than fries!' This obviously really stuck out to me and I just had to read. Click here to take a look at the full article. It really is no susprize when you read things like this that so many of us are getting it wrong.
Now I have to be honest and say I'm not an expert in the nutrition field. I've done a very basic nutrition course and can only share with you what's worked for me personally and tips from what I've found from doing my own research. So please do see an nutritionist for your own individual needs.
For a general overview here is some tips taken from 'Boots Online' on choosing breakfast cereals (click here for full article).
A good breakfast cereal should have at least 3g of fibre per serving or more. Don't be swayed by claims of vitamins and minerals, or by healthy-sounding phrases such as "all-natural" or "multigrain," experts say these things have little meaning if the fibre isn't adequate. Check the sugar and sodium content. The healthiest cereals have 4g grams of sugar or less per serving. Sodium should be less than 2g per serving.The experts also remind us not to overlook the fat content. While you may be tempted to snack on dry cereal during your way to work, take five minutes at the breakfast table and add fresh or frozen fruit, and drench those flakes in skimmed or semi-skimmed milk or soya milk. Now you've got the perfect combo of protein and carbohydrate - the carbohydrates will fuel your brain and your muscles, the protein will keep you satiated.
So now what will you have for breakfast?