Words to Watch For On Your Cereal Box

Josh BezoniThe best breakfast rule of thumb by which every person interested in living a healthy lifestyle needs to abide revolves around consuming low glycemic-index carbohydrates. These are slower to be absorbed into bloodstream. This means you feel fuller for longer, satiated by a decent breakfast instead of craving a snack way before it’s time to even think about leaving the office for lunch. You should focus on finding the kinds of carbs that will actually increase your energy levels for a sustained period of time, as well as enhance your insulin concentrations and body composition. Furthermore, a diet that includes plentiful consumption of unrefined carbohydrates also results in a more favorable nutrient density. This means more vitamins, more minerals, more phytonutrients, and more fiber. Additionally, you will benefit from a higher thermic effect of feeding (like an increased metabolic rate).

To figure out if your favorite breakfast cereals include make the cut for the kind of meal you should be enjoying every morning, be sure to closely read the ingredient list at the soonest possible moment. You are likely to be astounded by the sheer amount of sugar that appears. Marketers and food scientists are notorious for hiding sugar under clever and overly complicated pseudonyms. Here are words to look out for:

  • Molasses
  • Maple sugar
  • Any permutation of corn syrup/sweetener
  • Agave nectar
  • Sugar beets
  • Cane Sugar
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Hydrolyzed starch
  • Maltose
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Sucrose
  • Dextrose

Look at that long list of words! It is so crucial to manage your blood sugar and insulin levels if you are serious about losing fat and improving your body composition. And the benefits extend way beyond the aesthetic. The way you eat will define your energy levels and all markers of health. Just beware that the vast majority of the boxes in the cereal aisle are likely to be more trouble than their pretty packaging might suggest.