It’s more common in Western countries but Asians are not far behind.
It’s indisputable that cereals are a popular breakfast, especially among children.
If your child (heck, even adults) is one of them, STOP doing this.
I have been telling J and K that packaged cereals are no good to them.
I keep hammering home the point that they must stay away from those cute-looking, starchy cereals.
Every time I go grocery shopping, K will say, “Daddy, Koko Krunch.”
My typical answer, short and stern, will be, “No.”
Not ready to give up, K tries his luck once again, “Then Honey Stars?”
He knows what I am going to say but he’s trying to coax me into buying breakfast cereals that come with striking packages.
The reason for not buying is very clear.
Those cereals are fake and man-made. They are not healthy as they claim. They contain too much of everything harmful and too little of anything good, if any.
I don’t even bother to do any research to find out if cereals are unhealthy.
Because, as with any packaged product or canned food, they are the same. Either too much sugar or too much salt. Not to mention chemicals and preservatives that you have hard time to pronounce.
If you are someone who needs “proof” and “evidence” for everything, here’s a finding by a consumer watchdog (called Which?) on breakfast cereals:
32 out of 50 cereals, including top-selling brands, were too sugary.
Here’s something even more surprising:
Of the cereal brands aimed at children, 12 out of 14 were found to contain too much sugar.
To get a taste of the finding, the top 3 brands that contain the highest sugar content are (from worst to bad):
- Kellogg’s Frosties – 37g of sugar per 100g
- Asda Choco Snaps – 36.1g
- Tesco Choco Snaps – 36.1g
No wonder the kids love them.
Imagine your child is having nothing more than sugar when you think he’s having a “healthy” breakfast – almost 40% sugar if he is having Frosties.
As I always say, don’t trust everything the commercials say. Challenge the conventional wisdom.
You might ask, “Now that you can’t have the most popular food as breakfast. Then what?”
My answer is simple and has always been the same, “Eat natural, unprocessed foods.”
Want an example of what we have?
One of the things that we have for breakfast is fruits and vegetables juice. No doubt it’s troublesome to wake up in the morning and prepare some freshly made juice while you are still sleepwalking.
But health does not come free, it comes with a price.
Either you pay now. Or pay later… as hospital bills.
The choice is yours.
(I am not saying you must follow what I eat. As long as you follow along the line of natural foods, you are fine.)
I’ll include a chapter on Raising Healthy Children in my new and upcoming book “The Uncensored Guide to Parenting.”
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