The benefits of healthy breakfast cereals

There has never been a wider choice of cereals to get you going in the morning, from flakes to muesli to breakfast bars to porridge. The problem is that despite what it says on the packaging, a great majority of these are not as healthy as they make out, and if you spend the time to go through the list of ingredients you will be shocked at how many weird but far from wonderful stuff that has been thrown in there to make them taste good.

It wasn’t that long ago that anything remotely healthy also has the look, taste and texture of rabbit food, but thankfully we have moved on since then and now get an amazing range of cereal that is not only good for you but also tastes fantastic. We have all heard the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it has been scientifically proven to be so, yet still thousands skip it in favour of coffee and think that they are set up for the day.

Our body shuts down at night and replenishes itself through sleep, but when we wake up it is like starting an engine on a cold morning, and if the fuel isn’t there it will malfunction. Whatever your age, if you skip breakfast you will perform at way less than your optimum level throughout the day, you may not realise but you will be sluggish and if you are in school, college or an adult learning establishment you will not be absorbing the information sufficiently.

Cereals that contain wholegrain, oats, and other natural ingredients are what we should be putting in our trollies and baskets when we do our grocery shopping. These are high in calorific content, but not in a bad way such as fats, and give our bodies energy and vitality at a time of day when we feel anything but. The fibre in the wholegrain is what makes it so good for you, and nutritionists all agree that this is something we should be eating on a daily basis.

Whole grain has a whole range of health benefits and apart from releasing energy slowly to keep you going it also contains antioxidants and phytochemicals that can help to protect you from heart disease and ailments of the digestive system.

Additives you should also look for in cereals are vitamins and nutrients as opposed to emulsifiers and E numbers. Iron and B vitamins are often now added to healthy cereals which give us a boost of essential nutrients we are often missing due to our diets. If you have high cholesterol you should also look out for the Niacin vitamin which is part of the B complex group of vitamins that is known to lower cholesterol levels.

By sticking to healthy yet tasty cereals that contain all of the above as well as natural sweeteners instead of half a ton of sugar or artificial sweeteners you can relax in the knowledge that you are giving yourself, and your family, the best possible start to the day.