Drives me crazy every time I hear expressions like this, isn’t it obvious?
crisps, sweeties, chocolates, biscuits, booze – all the foods we hold dear!
it isn’t difficult to figure it out but the headline implies that there are specific foods you can avoid that will help you cunningly, lose the pounds and gain a svelte look and maybe even the life you have always wanted if only, you avoided eating tangerines!
Yup that this the reason you have put on a few pounds under lockdown it is all those tangerines 🙄
Headlines like ‘6 foods you should never eat’ click bate, encouraging you to open the email, works doesn’t it 😉 You have this feeling that there may just be one simple thing you can easily avoid, in the hope that we didn’t like that particular food in the first place. Then the job of looking after ourself would be easy. Take out some food we don’t even like and we have the easy solution to weight loss and getting to grips with our health. If this were true, what food would you happily give up? What food do you eat because it is healthy but secretly hate? For me it would be carrots
I have a pet hate for carrots, I don’t mind raw ones but cooked ones are yuck. With 3 kids who I am encouraging to eat all veg I pretend that I love carrots, they only found out during lockdown that I only eat them under protest. That is 51 years of pretending.
So what if the headline was going to tell me that carrots are one of the six things I needed to avoid to get rid of my Covid tummy? Now I am interested. Now I will open the email and find out if carrots are on the list, then I can justifiably not eat them ever again. Oh, the joy.
Carrots weren’t on the list 🙁
Obvious ‘eye rolling’ comments like ‘6 foods to avoid’ are a little easier to see that they can’t be true but some other food marketing is a little harder to pull apart. Some food marketing has become part of our culture, it is now ingrained into the way we think, our psyche. Our food culture is dominated by the food manufacturers and one of the most interesting is around breakfast and it feels like the most difficult to navigate. So I wrote a blog on it 😉
I love to investigate, you’ve read my book Gorgeous! and I love pulling apart what is really being said.
“you have an inquisitive mind Adele” I was once told but someone who was really trying to tell me I was jolly well nosy!
After spending considerable time investigating I understand what is a food myth and what is science. Let’s start with the most important meal of the day – breakfast – or is it?
How can you make a healthier breakfast
It may not be the click bate you want but it is well researched and may even change the way you look at your breakfast. Is the only thing that makes cereal healthy milk? Any products that claim it is fortified with vitamins is the warning bell. If a product is fortified for any reason then it in simple terms all the ‘real’ food has been processed out and vitamins and minerals are added to fortify the product, and cereals are the worse culprit of this. Cereals are processed and full of sugar. This blog will outline why you should avoid cereal and how you can make your breakfast healthier.
The truth about cereal
Marketing makes cereal sound very healthy. Cereal has added banana, blueberries, strawberries. The packaging looks great, the claims are amazing and what about the idea that ‘breakfast is the most important part of your day?’ It is all marketing from big brands to entice you into an easy, on the go, healthy start to the day. The clever ‘fresh’ looking packaging and the use of energetic, fit images lead you to believe that your cereal product is good for you. When sadly it really isn’t.
Kelloggs himself made up the phrase ‘breakfast is the most important part of your day’.
Marketing and strategising come into all big brands, there are government guidelines of course, but these can be sidestepped. When Kellogg’s announced that they were going to add the ‘traffic light’ labeling to ‘some’ of their packets the reasoning was to let consumers know how much sugar was in each serving, it was a step in the right direction. This came about from pressure from consumers.
However, there can be up 6 different types of sugar in some packets of cereal. Cereal manufacturers easily work around the ‘traffic light’ labeling by simply reducing their recommendations. If the sugar content is too high, brands simply reduce their ‘serving size suggestion’ to fit the sugar recommendations.
Based on the W.H.O. (World Health Organisation) you should be consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. And yet here are some scary statistics:
- – Frosties contains 37g sugar per 100g which is equivalent of 9.5 teaspoons
- – Crunchy Nut cornflakes 35g sugar per 100g which is the same as 9 teaspoons
- – Cornflakes have 8g sugar and Sainsbury’s own brand have less at 7.2g
- – Weetabix is 4.4g of sugar which is one teaspoon
One teaspoon a daily Weetabix may sound okay, but if you add a sugary drink to your breakfast like freshly squeezed orange or apple juice that is another two teaspoons PLUS a healthy snack of an apple adds a further two teaspoons. At lunch, a brown bread sandwich will add another 1 or 2 teaspoons. Or how about a Go Ahead apple bake? That is 27.7g and 2 teaspoons of sugar.
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Cereals are not only heavily loaded with sugar they are also highly processed which contributes to your rollercoaster hungry feeling that follows you around all day.
Your ‘hangry’ rollercoaster
Starting your day with a sugary cereal will set you up for a high and low energy flow all day. Being hungry all the time, or showing signs of ‘hangry’ are signs that you are burning glucose and/or not gaining enough nutrients. Adding fruit and milk is the only thing that makes cereal healthy. Full fat milk will reduce the GI of your ‘healthy’ looking cereal. Even granola needs a rethink…
The truth about granola
Whilst granola has oats with added fibre and iron, yet the total sugar content can be extremely high. Adding nuts, seeds and some protein helps but granola also contains added sugar with healthy-sounding names pushing it up as 29g which is the equivalent of 7 teaspoons of sugar!
How can you make a healthier breakfast?
The honest answer is don’t have any. Start extending your breakfast time and introducing a personalised Intermittent Fasting routine that works for you. If you want my help drop me a line. It isn’t complicated but it does have to start with an understanding of your own metabolism, your activity levels and your body type all need to go into the mix to get a good understanding of what will work for you easily. Would you like to get it right? Book a time that suits to chat You will come away from our conversation feeling inspired, motivated, and ready to grab life and deal with whatever it throws you, I guarantee. Whether you decide to work with me or not you will become very clear in your goals and have a clear awareness of where you need and want to go. Let’s chat – click here to book your time
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PPS Out of interest do you know what the 6 foods were? Grapes, avocado, bananas, pears and apricots – crazy right?
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