By Contributing Writer
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then choosing the right foods for your body is crucial. You've got the whole day ahead of you, after all, so picking foods that fail to provide the energy and sustenance you need can be a costly mistake. Fortunately, experts and researchers have conveniently picked out the worst foods to eat for breakfast.
1. Flavored oatmeal
Unfortunately, not all oats are created equally. So the next time you reach for instant oatmeal, be sure to check the label. For instance, a portion of Quaker Foods' original instant oatmeal contains just 100 calories and no sugar. Great! But a pack of the maple and brown sugar flavor piles on 160 calories and more than 10 grams of sugar. Not so great.
Granola is normally made up of oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Delicious, right? Well, yes – but dietician Maggie Moon told Women’s Health in April 2019, “The most common pitfall with granola is adding in too many filler ingredients that add sugar and calories without any positive nutrients.” The best thing to do, then, is to read the ingredients list on the box and opt for brands that don’t add sugars.
3. Sweetened non-fat yogurt
Fat is something we are usually programmed to avoid. However, it's actually great for helping to keep you full up. Why? Well, because it takes longer for your body to process than carbohydrates. Non-fat yogurt is also often loaded with sweetener or sugar to make up for its lack of fat. In fact, flavored non-fat yogurts can sometimes have more sugar than ice cream of a comparable serving size.
The problem with pancakes is that they are usually made with refined grains of wheat flour. And refined grains have been identified by researchers as contributing factors to health problems such as obesity and insulin resistance. Topping them with sugary syrups provides a second big reason why pancakes are not the ideal way to start your day — even if they are delicious.