Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Day 87- Nutrition Bite

Most breakfast cereals are loaded with sugar, and the majority of the cereal grains are refined. Refining is a process that strips away many of the nutrients such as the bran and germ layers. These layers are the main part of healthy fiber and are generally removed leaving only the bulk endosperm. Processing grains can cause 66 per cent loss of fiber, 92 per cent loss of selenium, 62 per cent loss of folate, and up to 99.8 per cent of phytochemicals from the grains. If stripped micronutrients are not added back to the products, breakfast would be no better than a glorified dessert made from simple sugar, fat, salt and bulk. Whole grains, in contrast, retain all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals. For more breakfast information visit this site http://www.shapefit.com/benefits-nutritious-breakfast.html

Sugar Preacher's Experience.
When I was a sugar cereal junkie, I refilled my bowl several times in order to feel satisfied. On the other hand, I can eat one half cup of oatmeal and feel satisfied for hours. I especially like the steel cut oats, which are whole oat groats that have been hulled, steamed, roasted, and chopped into smaller pieces. Some people believe they are more healthy than the traditional oats because they are less processed. Nevertheless, steel cut oats or regular oats are a great way to begin your day!

1 comment:

Steph and Bran said...

Hey, I actually had oatmeal this morning for breakfast! With honey and raisins to sweeten it. It was so yummy. Me and Brandon actually do real good with healthy breakfasts. We haven't bought sugar cereal very much at all in the two years since we've been married.