Chances are, when you wake up in the morning, you’re either starving or you don’t want to touch food until at least noon. For those who swear by breakfast as the most important meal of the day—which is not necessarily true—it’s more important to steer clear of the refined fibers and sugars, which are in several of the most popular breakfast foods. Here are the seven foods you should avoid eating if you want to be more energetic throughout the day and healthier in general:
1. Pancakes and Waffles
This one is fairly obvious, but it needs saying. The basic ingredients of these beloved breakfast dishes are eggs, sugar, flour and milk. Because of the eggs, pancakes and waffles do contain protein, but when you slather maple syrup and butter all over them, you can say goodbye to this food’s only redeeming quality.
The high fructose corn syrup in maple syrup is known to cause insulin resistance, which can lead to type two diabetes. Combine this with the refined flour used in the batter of pancakes and waffles (which also leads to insulin resistance), and you’ve got yourself a pretty unbalanced breakfast.
Like pancakes, the only good thing inside a muffin is the eggs and the occasional nut. Muffins usually contain vegetable oils, so they are essentially cupcakes. They are also often sold pre-packaged and larger than their typical portion size. If you add chocolate, butter, fruits and sugar, you’re well on your way to feeling lower in energy and sluggish from the sugar.
3. A Loaded Bagel
Besides 100 percent whole grain bagels, most tasty bagels are 250-500 calories worth of refined carbohydrates and starch. Like pancakes, once you add the butter or cream cheese, you can have 700+ calories packed into a bagel. A diet high in refined carbs and sugars can lead to cardiovascular disease and the dreaded diabetes.