They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But often it's the hardest meal to schedule into our busy lives, or find the inspiration to vary. As creatures of habit, we are likely to pick a breakfast of choice and stick with it until our dying day.
Diets come and go and we may dabble with the odd avocado on toast or poached egg, but let's face it- Corn Flakes are for life.
Recently, the latest introduction is the breakfast biscuit.
(Targeted at the toast-eaters among us, the 'hit-and-run' breakfaster, who like their breakfast's fast.) It's a handy snack that is cited as being 'a great start to the day' containing 'enough energy to last until lunch'.
It can be eaten on the move, with zero preparation time. It sounds like an ideal breakfast, the solution to the age-old morning dilemma of "what to eat this morning that is healthy, requires minimal effort and will leave me full enough to last the morning without the aid of 47,482 cups of coffee??" The trouble is, although undeniably convenient, it has come to light that these 'breakfast breakthroughs' often, in fact, contain more sugar than your average bowl of Coco Pops!
In this article by Sarah Knapton, in The Telegraph online, Sarah cites that, 'just because a product contains added vitamins and is promoted as a healthy option doesn't necessarily make it the best option for breakfast on-the- go.' She elaborates that, despite an extensive search, 'sadly, we could not recommend any of the products we examined which are laden with excess sugar. While some sugar in breakfast biscuits is naturally occurring due to ingredients such as fruit, many contain sugar that has been added by the manufacturer.'
We are aware that a sleep-addled mind, awake at such unnatural hours, is not equipped to deal with the advanced mathematics required to calculate the inadequate sugar measurements provided on food packaging. So we advocate that, as with all added sugars in our food today, it is the responsibility of the food manufacturers to adequately warn us what we are consuming.
Sarah Knapton luckily agrees, stating that 'if we really want the health of the nation to improve, the food industry needs to produce and promote healthier breakfast options.'
Perhaps best stick to the Corn Flakes until they find a solution...
If you are concerned about the sugar in your diet, we encourage you to speak to your dentist at your next appointment. They are full of helpful tips and advice for managing your diet to minimise the damaging effects of sugar on your teeth. Just call 01428 723179 to book your next appointment.