What’s One “Health Food” that can be detrimental to your health, especially if you are over 35?

What’s One “Health Food” that can be detrimental to your health, especially if you are over 35?
March 31, 2015

It’s your whole grain breakfast cereal!

Did you know that the majority of breakfast cereals in the supermarket are actually harmful for your health? Even most of those labeled as “whole grain,” “high fiber,” “low fat,” or “gluten free.”

But why?

Well, the majority of these cereals contain offensive amounts of sugar. Take Raisin Bran for example. In reality it is composed of whole grain flakes and raisins, both of which are sweetened with a whopping 18 grams of sugars per 1 serving (almost 5 teaspoonfuls of sugar). And I say sugars because the flakes themselves have at least two forms of very unhealthy sugars, such as sugar syrup and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

After eating these “healthy” breakfast cereals, your body will experience a major increase in blood sugar, regardless of what grain they are supposedly made from (rice, corn, whole wheat, etc.).

So what?

It’s important to mention that a sudden increase of sugar in your blood will trigger your body to release fat storing hormones, such as insulin, which will contribute to more cravings later on. This is a very crappy way to start the day in my opinion.

It is also worth mentioning that when blood sugar increases quickly, we experience glycation. Glycation accelerates the speed at which your body parts age. Body parts such as your joints, skin, organs, etc.

Please, think twice before digging into these so called “healthy” breakfasts. If you want to look good, be energized, and feel younger, cereals are NOT helping you!

But Mari, what is the alternative?

Opt for a wholesome green smoothie instead that will add fiber, live enzymes, vitamins, and protein to start the day right. Here is a quick and easy recipe that will energize your mornings:

Mari’s Basic Green Smoothie (Fruit)
[Serves 1]

Up to 1 cup filtered or purified water (Start with ½ cup and increase as needed)
1 head chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup chopped spinach/kale/chard
1 cored and chopped green apple or 1 cup frozen blue/red/black berries.
½ avocado (or ½ banana for added sweetness)
Juice of ½ lemon
½ cup ice
Optional: One tablespoon ground flax/hemp/chia seeds (for a boost of protein and fiber)

Blend and enjoy!

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