3 Reasons to throw out your breakfast cereal

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cereal_jaqueline_banksWhile to the naked eye breakfast cereal may seem like a quick, healthy breakfast option there’s really not much good about them. In fact, most cereals are loaded with ingredients that have no business being eaten at all. So not only do they not provide any nutritional benefits, they might actually be making you and your children sick and causing behavior problems.

Here are the top 3 reasons you should stay away from breakfast cereals, especially the ones aimed at children:

  1. Artificial flavors, dyes and preservatives

Unfortunately food dye has been linked to a host of health problems and even hyperactivity and ADD. To extend their shelf life, preservatives are usually a part of the mix, including  BHT, BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone), which have been linked to even more behavioral problems and are believed to be carcinogenic. Artificial flavors have been linked to headaches, allergies and many other health issues. Keep them out of your diet at all costs!

  1. GMOs

Unless it’s clearly labeled as not containing GMOs or certified organic you can be pretty sure it’s got GMOs, which have been tied to health issues such as allergies and autoimmune disease. Most studies that show that they have no negative health impacts have been funded by companies that make them, so be vary wary when doing research on the subject and find out where the funding came from.

  1. Nutrient Stripped

Cereal is a heavily processed food made up of grains that have mostly been stripped of their nutrition and then refortified with synthetic vitamins and minerals. There’s nothing natural about cereal and many of them are high in pesticides as well.

Instead, start your day with real food that wasn’t created in a lab! Eggs with greens, smoked salmon on a slice of sourdough, or even a little mangu with an egg fried in some healthy fat such as olive oil (not vegetable, soy or canola oil!) are great options for healthy breakfasts and so much more delicious than anything you pour out of a box.

jacqueline silvestri banksJacqueline Banks, who grew up in Casa de Campo, is a certified holistic health counselor and busy mother.

Her focus is on helping other busy moms in all stages of motherhood keep themselves and families healthy and happy. She uses natural and organic solutions to solve individual health problems and promote clean living.

Check out her website at: www.jacquelinebanks.com

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