Are You Eating Dessert for Breakfast?

At IHOP, dessert is what’s for breakfast. Menu items such as New York cheesecake or raspberry white chocolate pancakes have 83 grams of sugar. That’s 21 teaspoons, while the daily recommended amount is no more than 12 teaspoons. The average American consumes 23 teaspoons of sugar each day.

Other sweet treats are disguised as healthy breakfast items at the grocery store. Muffins from the bakery or coffee shop can contain 37 grams of sugar (more than 9 teaspoons!) Yogurts, loaded with protein and good bacteria, are also packed with sugar. Yoplait recently reduced the sugar in classic varieties from 26 to 18 grams, still more than the 15 grams in a brownie.

About 70% of Americans call granola bars healthy, while less than 30% of nutritionists do. Less than half also found crunchy granola to be healthy. Granola is very high in calories and sugar with at least 200 calories per half cup.

Cheerios Protein, sounding healthy in name, has four teaspoons of sugar – more than most sugary kids’ cereal like Frosted Flakes. A serving of Honey Nut Cheerios has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy cookies.

Many cereals look and taste nothing like dessert. They have plenty of fiber to fill you up with little to no added sugar. Siggi’s yogurt, made in Iceland, was created in response to the excessively sweet US options. It has 100 calories and 25-50% less sugar than mainstream brands. Eggs served with vegetables are a nutrient-rich option for breakfast. They keep you feeling full longer thanks to their protein and fat.

You could always try something completely different. Japanese breakfast includes fish, rice, and miso soup. That is a lot of protein, vitamins, and no “cookies in a bowl.”
Belluz, Julia and Zarracina, Javier. “We need to call American breakfast what it often is: dessert.” Science & Health. Vox. 11 Jul 2016. Web. 14 Jul 2016.

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