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25 Worst Cereals to Stay Away From Right Now

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Eat This, Not That! of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 26: Sugar. It's what makes a pile of musty grapes turn into a fine cabernet, or a bitter cacao bean into an exquisite chocolate truffle. It's also what turns a healthy breakfast into an energy-sapping, belly-bloating, bathroom-scale-tipping nutritional disaster, the enemy of rapid weight loss.And chances are, your breakfast cereal has a lot more of it than you think.Indeed, the supermarket is filled with brightly colored boxes of seemingly life-giving grains all touting their "natural" ingredients, packed with "essential vitamins and minerals," promising to be "part of a healthy breakfast." In reality, the cereal aisle is more like a dark alleyway in a horror movie, where all sorts of fiendish villains—vampires, cavemen, blood-thirsty honey bears-—lie in waiting. Some of their wares come stripped of their natural fiber and nutrients, with just a spray-coating of chemically created vitamins and minerals for "fortification."When it comes to breakfast cereals, ignore the claims on the front of the box. Flip a cereal over on its side and get to the bottom line: When it comes to picking a cereal, you want as much fiber as possible, and as little sugar as possible. Period. In fact, in a UCLA study of 54 overweight teens, individuals who reduced added sugar intake by about 40 grams per day—the equivalent of 1 can of soda—showed a reduction in belly fat and an improvement in insulin function. Individuals who increased their fiber intake by the equivalent of ½ cup of beans showed exactly the same results. So whenever you max out fiber and reduce sugar, you're executing a perfect nutritional double play.To help you more safely navigate the treacherous aisles, the staff at Eat This, Not That! took a hard look at the real nutritional value of America's most popular cereals. After examining the nutritional profiles of each, we ordered them by sugar content, nutrition per cup and ingredients. Anything containing harmful or just plain bizarre ingredients—hydrogenated oils, BHT, color and flavor additives and/or soy lecithin—lost points, despite any other redeeming nutritional qualities. And learn more ways to blast fat fast—thanks to Insanity trainer Shaun T, Maria Menounos, Padma Lakshmi and more in these 50 Best-Ever Weight Loss Secrets From Skinny People.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

25 Worst Cereals to Stay Away From Right Now

Sugar. It's what makes a pile of musty grapes turn into a fine cabernet, or a bitter cacao bean into an exquisite chocolate truffle. It's also what turns a healthy breakfast into an energy-sapping, belly-bloating, bathroom-scale-tipping nutritional disaster, the enemy of rapid weight loss.

And chances are, your breakfast cereal has a lot more of it than you think.

Indeed, the supermarket is filled with brightly colored boxes of seemingly life-giving grains all touting their "natural" ingredients, packed with "essential vitamins and minerals," promising to be "part of a healthy breakfast." In reality, the cereal aisle is more like a dark alleyway in a horror movie, where all sorts of fiendish villains—vampires, cavemen, blood-thirsty honey bears-—lie in waiting. Some of their wares come stripped of their natural fiber and nutrients, with just a spray-coating of chemically created vitamins and minerals for "fortification."

When it comes to breakfast cereals, ignore the claims on the front of the box. Flip a cereal over on its side and get to the bottom line: When it comes to picking a cereal, you want as much fiber as possible, and as little sugar as possible. Period. In fact, in a UCLA study of 54 overweight teens, individuals who reduced added sugar intake by about 40 grams per day—the equivalent of 1 can of soda—showed a reduction in belly fat and an improvement in insulin function. Individuals who increased their fiber intake by the equivalent of ½ cup of beans showed exactly the same results. So whenever you max out fiber and reduce sugar, you're executing a perfect nutritional double play.

To help you more safely navigate the treacherous aisles, the staff at Eat This, Not That! took a hard look at the real nutritional value of America's most popular cereals. After examining the nutritional profiles of each, we ordered them by sugar content, nutrition per cup and ingredients. Anything containing harmful or just plain bizarre ingredients—hydrogenated oils, BHT, color and flavor additives and/or soy lecithin—lost points, despite any other redeeming nutritional qualities. And learn more ways to blast fat fast—thanks to Insanity trainer Shaun T, Maria Menounos, Padma Lakshmi and more in these 50 Best-Ever Weight Loss Secrets From Skinny People.

Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

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