September is Better Breakfast Month – What Makes Breakfast Better?

Triple Berry Oat SmoothieWe all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what makes one breakfast better than the other? September is Better Breakfast Month so we’re going to answer that question.

You might think you’re good to go because you ate a bowl of cereal at home but you may be doing more harm than good…especially with the most common cereals, which are loaded with sugar. Why would eating a sugary cereal be worse for us than going without breakfast altogether (which is also not recommended)? Because of the glycemic index.

The glycemic index is a measure of glucose (blood sugar level) increase from carbohydrate consumption. Studies show that the glycemic index is what counts when you want sustained brain power, and it is also the secret to why those who add eating breakfast to their lifestyle can lose weight instead of gain it.  Meals with a low glycemic index make you feel fuller longer, so you are less likely to snack on foods later.

Professor of Pediatrics at Duke Universiry, Terrill Bravender, said he’d never serve his children heavily sweetened cereals. “Any sugared cereal really has a high glycemic index.”

“When it comes to sustained brain power,” Bravender explains, “food that is low on the scale — such as whole grains — are preferable. Even though a bowl of sugary cereal and a bowl of old-fashioned oatmeal may have the same number of carbohydrates, they have very different glycemic loads.”

Fortunately we don’t always have to eat oatmeal. When asked what to avoid he said “Any concentrated sweets that are eaten alone. These would include sugared cereals, fruit juice alone or breakfast pastries alone. Breakfast meat is okay if not consumed in excess and if there is a whole-grain carbohydrate source included.”

A varied breakfast is better than one heavy on just one element. Fat, protein and soluble dietary fiber help lower a meal’s glycemic index by slowing down the gastric emptying rate.

So, in honor of a better breakfast month, commit to having a healthier breakfast, order one of the protein rich wraps (ask for our low-carb tortilla) or breakfast sandwiches from our breakfast menu, and if you’re in a real rush, just grab a smoothie and add protein as one of your smoothie supplements.


Posted on September 10, 2012, in Healthy Breakfast and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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