The answer is yes ! Cereals can be healthy – if you know how to choose wisely. Not all cereals are made equally. Some breakfast cereals are a great source of fibre, minerals, iron and quality protein while others are nutritionally poor, loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. Thus, choosing the right kind of healthy breakfast cereals in Singapore is important in order to supercharge your mornings with good nutrition.
Here, in this blog, let’s discuss why and how to choose the right kind of healthy cereals.
Reasons To Choose The Right Breakfast Cereal For Your Morning Diet
Nutrition should be an important factor to consider when it comes to selecting the right cereal. A healthy breakfast cereal should be made up of whole grains and packed with fibre, complex carbs, and quality protein. It should also have a healthy amount of minerals (such as iron) and vitamins (such as B vitamins). Choose one that meets at least 10% to 25% of the body’s daily requirements for certain nutrients.
A fibre-rich healthy breakfast cereal helps maintain good digestive health. Choose a cereal that is high in fibre—at least 3-5 grams per serving. In addition, whenever you are checking the ingredients list on the label, whole grain (for example Quinoa, Oats, etc) should be the first ingredient (not sugar!).
2. Weight Management
Eating healthy breakfast cereals can help with weight management compared to having meats or simple carbs like white bread, white rice or noodles for breakfast. This is because these breakfast cereals (low in sugar) are usually packed with good nutrients such as complex carbs, fibre, and protein. They help with satiety, cleanse the colon and are digested more slowly in the body without spiking blood sugar levels. Keeping your blood sugar levels stable is important for weight control.
A bowl of healthy cereal with milk helps prevent the mid-morning fatigue that can often tempt us to consume junk foods. Mid-morning fatigue happens due to the sudden rise or drop in blood sugar levels. These healthy cereals are rich in complex carbohydrates and are digested more slowly in the body. This provides your body with instant and longer-lasting energy and helps manage sugar cravings.
3. Limited Added Sugar
Beware of cereal brands that have high sugar content (often more than 10g sugar per serving), especially in ‘child-friendly’ cereals. Sugar-laden cereals can lead to weight gain and tooth decay. Always check the nutrition table on the label. A low-sugar healthy breakfast cereal should have less than 5g of sugar per 100g cereal.
Don’t choose a cereal that has added sugar (or glucose or high-fructose corn syrup) listed among the first 3 ingredients on the product label. This is because the listing of the ingredients is done based on the weight and in descending order. The first ingredient on the ingredients list has the highest weight.
Do note that unhealthy simple sugars can take on different names such as high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, glucose, and sucrose, among others.
For those leading busy lifestyles like you and me, nothing can be simpler and quicker to prepare than a healthy no-cook breakfast cereal. The ready-to-eat or just add-to-water/milk breakfast meals are a blessing. Healthy breakfast cereals pack more important nutrients such as complex carbs, quality protein, fibre, minerals and B vitamins, etc.than highly processed, ready-to-eat meals from convenience stores. Comparatively, these are also much healthier than the usual popular breakfast options available in Singapore.
Your breakfast choice can have a positive impact on your immune system in the long run. Especially when you are time-poor when it comes to preparing healthy meals on a daily basis. If you cannot stay away from the locally popular but nutrient-poor breakfast options, indulge in them once or twice a week, it is ok!.
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So, what are you waiting for? Choose your favourite breakfast cereal and start your health journey with good breakfast choices.