Nutrition is Actually the Sweetest Thing

A recent report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) highlights the top sugar-laden cereals. Honey Smacks dominated the list with 15 grams of sugar per serving (bummer….I LOVE Smacks!). While it’s fashionable these days to attack sugary cereals, sugar is hardly the most dangerous thing in your breakfast bowl. That dubious distinction goes to the milk. For starters, milk itself is high in sugar. While the top five cereals on EWG’s list all had between 14 and 15 grams of sugar per serving, milk was nearly as high with 12 grams of sugar in a cup of skim milk. One cup of chocolate milk has almost 24 grams of sugar.

What is considerably more worrisome is the fact that milk is linked with cancer, particularly prostate cancer. In international comparisons and in several prospective studies, men consuming the most milk had a substantially higher risk of prostate cancer, apparently due to milk’s effects on male hormones. You don’t need milk. Studies show that milk does not actually help build strong bones, and the protein in milk can easily be obtained from other sources. One cup of oatmeal has 5.5 grams of protein as well as 4 grams of fiber.

Quinoa also makes an excellent breakfast, and one cup of quinoa contains 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Making a few servings of quinoa or a pot of oatmeal, and then sticking them in the refrigerator, makes them just as convenient as cold cereal. Also, they both can be sweetened with fruit and a little bit of agave.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Tip of the Day

Set a new activity goal! Do more by being active more often. Are you biking 3 days a week for at least 25 minutes each ride? If not, increase those minutes or the number of days you ride.

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