Do we know what we eat?
It is important to know what exactly is hidden behind the components of the cereals that we give our children and those that many of us consume assiduously for breakfast, sometimes mistakenly believing that we are eating a healthy meal.
These are the components that we must make sure that they are not present in the cereals we buy, no matter how natural they are. We must take a moment and check the labels to know what we are consuming.
Many cereals have a high content of sugars (in fact they "inflate" them with this substance) and in general when the labels say "sugars" the corn or fructose is almost always present. But what they do not clarify is the origin of these sweeteners or that many of them are made with transgenic or GMO corn; so unless otherwise specified, there is no choice but to hesitate.
These types of oils contain trans fats, which are linked to cancer, heart disease, and immune problems. Hydrogenated oils are full of saturated fat.
Also, some companies simply label “hydrogenated oils” so you cannot be sure if there is trans fat in the product and generally if there is less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving, companies can write “0 grams of Trans fat".
This additive has been linked to cancer in some studies. The National Institutes and the US National Health Toxicology Programs have concluded that "it is reasonable to predict that BHA is a human carcinogen."
In general it is a derivative of transgenic soy and according to the Cornucopia Institute this additive often contains toxins. The processing of soy lecithin often involves the use of hexane of which traces or residues may remain and is an element that is registered by the WHO as a potential carcinogen and neurotoxic.
This natural flavoring is proving quite controversial since WebMD warns that it can affect blood sugar levels, so it should not be consumed by people with diabetes and even less if they are children. It has also been linked to allergies, intolerance, headaches, and irritability.
Most cereals are manufactured using a process called "extrusion" that exposes the grains to high levels of heat and pressure, which changes the chemical nature of the grains, turning them into processed foods and destroying most of the nutrients. natural grains. For this reason, many cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals, although extrusion can destroy added nutrients as well.
Some cereal manufacturers try to cover up their high sugar content with fortification, that is, adding new nutrients after the fact, since extrusion can remove these additions as well.
Another problem with fortified foods is that some can contain too many nutrients and end up being toxic. An Environmental Working Group did a study of the main infant cereals and found that in a normal serving the content of zinc, niacin and Vitamin A was much higher than the RDA (recommended daily dose) for a child.
Many cereals use artificial colorants that sometimes only mention a number of numbers and letters that is actually the coding for it, but on the label they do not really give reliable information about what they are really putting in our children's breakfast .
The same happens with flavorings as with colorings or flavorings (the latter may also contain phthalates and companies are not obliged to mention this "detail" on the labels), only a code is put, but we do not know the components or the grade of toxicity they may have.
A final thought
There is no doubt that breakfast is the main meal and that it should be healthy, abundant and nutritious, but does it have to have cereals from colorful boxes and television prestige? A breakfast of seasonal fruits, whole wheat bread, natural jams, organic ham or sausages and / or organic vegetables, can contain all the necessary nutrients and none of the elements that we mentioned before.
We must begin to be aware that not everything that appears on TV is healthy because its advertisers say so and that as consumers and buyers we have the right to decide what we eat and what not. At the end of the day we are the ones who pay what we bring to our table, let's choose it well.