How About Some Sugar with a Side of Breakfast?
For years we’ve been hearing about the importance of consuming a hearty breakfast. Some swear by it while others may swear at it, and still others, gobble down delectable, giant, high carb muffins with their favorite coffee drink, but hey… they got in that most important meal of the day, right?
It’s appalling to realize that many people start their day with virtual sugar IVs. Even more shocking? Kids are too!
Let’s see, if you stopped by Starbucks for your favorite Grande latte (mine would be Chestnut Praline), and a seemingly healthy Apple Bran Muffin, here’s your sugar intake:
A “Healthy” Breakfast? Seems relatively benign, right? A medium latte… with a little flavor, plus a wholesome apple bran muffin.
- Apple Bran Muffin – 8.5 tsp. sugar at 34 grams; 350 calories
- Grande Chestnut Praline Latte – 10 tsp. sugar at 39 grams; 330 calories
Sugar: 18 teaspoons (= 6 Tablespoons)
You would never make a bowl of oatmeal and dish in 18 teaspoons of sugar would you?
So if you start the day with 18 teaspoons of sugar, and 680 calories, (most of which is carbohydrates, and then go sit at a desk all day, as most of us do, that’s insanity. Or at least, horrifically bad for your body.
These simple, seemingly harmless habits, repeated daily, are killing us.
Many people grab a quick breakfast because they think they don’t have time in the morning. But if you’ve ever stood in line at the coffee shop, or drive through window in the mornings… those can get pretty long and populated by some stressed out folks late for work but in need of a coffee-sugar fix.
How long do you think it takes you to “run in” for coffee in the morning? It might be illuminating to start to track it for a week to see what the range is and the average. It’s typically around 15 minutes.
Remember, if you’re driving up, getting out of your car, standing in line to order, then standing in line for the coffee, then getting back in your car, by the time you get back on the road, it’s often at least that.
Chances are, that fast breakfast isn’t saving you time.
That fast breakfast is likely not saving you time in the short run, and it’s definitely not saving time in the long run.
The time and cost of being sick is inestimably steep.
Sugar Stats to Face
Sugar causes blood glucose to spike and plummet
Sugar increases the risk of obesity
Sugar increases risk of diabetes
Sugar increases risk of heart disease
Sugar interferes with immune function
Sugar often results in chromium deficiency
Sugar accelerates aging
Sugar can lead to Alzheimer’s
Sugar damages the brain
Sugar causes tooth decay
Sugar can cause gum disease, which can lead to heart disease
Sugar affects behavior and cognition in children
Sugar increases stress
Sugar takes the place of important nutrients
Sugar makes your organs fat
Sugar primes your body for diabetes
So instead, what if you started your day with a Butter Coffee and a Banana Cinnamon Pomegranate Crepe?
A delicious alternative with 275 Calories and 1 1/4 tsp of sugar, just one of many healthy breakfast substitutes
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