Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day because it gives the body the energy it needs to survive the day. As important as breakfast is, it is paramount we know the kinds of food to eat and the ones we shouldn’t eat so as stay healthy. 6 Foods we shouldn’t eat for breakfast are discussed below;
Save your bacon for an occasional (read: not everyday) morning treat. “Breakfast meats such as bacon, country ham, and sausage are all high in sodium, which can actually stimulate your appetite and thirst mechanism, making you want to eat more,” says Cristina Caro, RD, LD, a registered dietitian with campus dining services company Sodexo Universities. The salt-heavy foods could also potentially trigger increased high blood pressure and headaches.
Breakfast bars are touted as the perfect on-the-go morning meal, but they’ll often leave you feeling unsatisfied. “While convenient, these are typically loaded with sugar and simple carbohydrates that won’t provide enough sustained energy to get you through the morning,” says Justin Heaton, RD, CSSD, LDN, the campus dietitian for Temple University in Philadelphia.
Don’t be lured by packaged cereal that claims to be full of vitamins and minerals—always check the sugar content before buying. “Highly sweetened breakfast cereals may appear to be nutritious due to added vitamins and the fact that they’re consumed with calcium-rich milk,” says Mindy Haar, PhD, director of program development for New York Institute of Technology’s Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. “Actually, they’re low in fiber and many people eat a lot more than the serving size listed on the label, meaning you’re getting more sugar than you think.”