Yeah, I know. It sucks hearing that everything you love is bad for you. I totally empathize. I grew up eating tons of cold breakfast cereals. Didn’t most of us? But, sorry, cereal is not REAL food. It is a food product. And unfortunately is not fit for human consumption. It’s time to ditch the breakfast cereals.
3 Ugly Truths About Breakfast Cereals
#1 Breakfast cereals are loaded with GMOs:
Hopefully by now you are painfully aware of how toxic genetically modified foods are for us. Research shows that GMO’s in our food supply are causing increased allergies, digestive problems, liver problems, issues with fertility (even sterility), and much more. And unfortunately, breakfast cereals are loaded with GMO ingredients. It’s actually a real ugly truth that nearly ALL processed foods contain GMOs.
But I eat “all natural” breakfast cereal!
It doesn’t matter. The highly deceptive tactics of the food industry have duped us. The word “natural” has been devised to misled the consumer , suggesting that the product is free from pesticide chemicals and genetically engineered ingredients. There is little regulation to guide what exactly is in these so-called “natural” products, and many product labeled as “natural,” actually contain ingredients from genetically modified corn, soy, canola, and sugar beets and toxic pesticides.
- Kashi brand cereals (Kellogg’s) contains “high levels” of GMOs. Not just a trace of GMOs, but a high level meaning the key ingredients are genetically engineered from the start.
- Whole Foods’ 365 brand Corn Flakes contains “high levels” of GMOs (more than 50% GE corn).
- Barbara’s Bakery Puffins cereal was also shown to contain more than 50% genetically engineered corn.
- Numerous “natural” products like Kashi GoLean, Mother’s Bumpers, Nutritious Living Hi-Lo, and General Mills Kix are contaminated with high levels of GMO ingredients, sometimes as high as 100%.
- Quaker Oats (a unit of PepsiCo) manages a processing plant that emits roughly 19,000 pounds of sulfuryl fluoride yearly. Sulfuryl fluoride is a toxic greenhouse gas used to treat crops like oats in storage. Quaker Oats claims to “all natural.”
#2 Cold breakfast cereals are produced by a process called extrusion.
During the production of breakfast cereals grains are placed into a machine called an extruder after being mixed with water into a sludge. This grain sludge is forced out of tiny holes at high temperatures and pressure, shaping them into those cute little o’s, stars, flakes, and puffs. Then they are sprayed with a coating of oil and sugar to keep them crispy and crunchy. Much of the nutrients are destroyed in this process, and any essential fatty acids are denatured, making them useless to our bodies. The funny thing is the even the synthetic vitamins that are added back to the sludge is altered by this extrusion process.
So what I am saying is that this extrusion process essentially makes cereal TOXIC for your body. The proteins in the grains are altered into foreign compounds that your body does not recognize, making them toxic. Some research has shown these denatured proteins become neurotoxic and can adversely affect the nervous system. (source)
And what’s even worse is that because organic, healthy cereals are usually made from whole grains, they are even more toxic because they contain more of this denatured protein. BUMMER!
#3 The synthetic vitamins and minerals added back to cold breakfast cereal are often useless to your body.
I have said a million times before. Just eat REAL food. There is no substitute for nature. Many cold breakfast cereal are fortified with vitamins and minerals to give you a good start to your morning. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Not really. Synthetic (man-made) vitamins and minerals are not readily absorbed by the body. Your body simply is not designed to utilize them. Many synthetic vitamins are actually treated as toxins and are eliminated by your body as quickly as possible.
The other part of that is that your body needs saturated fat in order to absorb many essential nutrients. With the “low fat” craze and “low fat” milks being consumed, the vitamins and minerals in our food supply are not being absorbed and utilized.
So don’t be fooled by the food industry into thinking that this highly-processed, over-packaged food product is the answer to a healthy breakfast. Our bodies need REAL food to start the day.
Need some new breakfast ideas? Check out my post on 28 Awesome REAL Food Breakfast Ideas.
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