Traditionally, an Indian breakfast was stuffed paratha, poha, or upma but in recent years, people have started to depend on packaged breakfast foods such as corn flakes for their quick morning fix. The main reason for this change is the faster pace of life which means that most people do not have the time to cook a full breakfast each morning. They would prefer to simply pour some corn flakes into a bowl along with milk and gulp it down while skimming through the morning newspaper.
Are Corn Flakes Heart Healthy?
Corn flakes are often marketed as a healthy breakfast food, but they are not the healthiest of breakfast foods. Most packaged corn flakes are very high in sugar and salt, which has a tremendous impact on heart health.
Sugar And Heart Health
“Corn flakes are listed as a high glycemic food as they are high in natural as well as added sugars, and new research that shows that there is a clear link between sugar and heart disease”
We often connect a high sugar intake with diabetes, but there is a lot of new research that shows that there is a definite link between sugar and heart disease. Corn flakes are listed as a high glycemic food as they are high in natural as well as added sugars – these simple carbohydrates (bad carbs) cause a sudden spike in blood sugar levels. Spikes in blood sugar levels affect diabetics and also cause a dysfunction in the endothelial walls of the arteries, which is considered to be one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease. In fact, Dr. Shechter of the American Heart Association has called it the “riskiest of the risk factors”. People who consume high glycemic foods on a regular basis have a greater risk of heart attack and heart disease.
Salt And Heart Health
“While cornflakes do not have a naturally high sodium content, packaged breakfast cereals have added salt, which drastically increases their sodium content, increasing the risk of hypertension and heart disease”
While scientists are unable to pinpoint all the effects of salt/sodium on heart health, there is strong evidence that shows a link between high salt intake and hypertension. Controlling hypertension reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and so high salt intake is considered to be a risk factor for cardiovascular problems. While cornflakes do not have a naturally high sodium content, packaged breakfast cereals have added salt, which drastically increases their sodium content. Furthermore “masala corn flakes” and other savoury flavours will have an even higher sodium content and so they should not be a part of your regular diet.
Heart Healthy Breakfast Foods
Your breakfast should contain a combination of healthy fats, healthy proteins, and good carbs. A heart healthy breakfast can include a small of bowl of oats or muesli with diced fruit and an egg white-veggie omelette on toast. You can also have an oats smoothie or a banana, raisin, and walnut loaf every weekend as these are healthy breakfast treats.
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September 21, 2016