Cereal, orange juice, donuts, and bagels are the most common American breakfast foods eaten today. But before, Americans actually ate a hearty breakfast that consists of healthy meats, eggs, and bread – so what happened?
Dr. Joseph Mercola says the reason why the foods mentioned above became popular breakfast foods is because of corporate PR. “The foods you call ‘staples’ are actually wildly successful marketing creations drummed up by some of the forerunners of the modern-day food industry,” he warns.
Cereal: This “Health Food” is LOADED with Sugar
Breakfast cereal, invented by the Kellogg brothers accidentally, was first intended to be a replacement for the bread served to Battle Creek (Mich.) Sanatorium inmates. It was originally a health food until sugar was added to the mix.
Author and food historian Andrew F. Smith comments in AlterNet:
“These companies realized early on that people like sugar, and kids really like sugar — so they shifted their sales target from adults concerned about health to kids who love sugar. It’s a thoroughly American invention. (link)”
Dr. Mercola says that most breakfast cereals contain excessive amounts of sugar and are “nothing more than highly-processed sweetened grains sprinkled with synthetic vitamins.” Even “healthy” low-sugar cereals are nutritional disasters. Grains of all types are simple carbohydrates that increase both blood sugar and insulin in your body, just like sugar. They may have detrimental effects on your health.
Orange Juice Contains Chemical Flavor Packs
The majority of commercial orange juice brands go through a chemical process called aseptic storage. This strips the juice of oxygen (deaeration) so it can be stored in tanks for a long time. Unfortunately, this also removes the fruity flavor.
So how do they bring back the citrusy taste many people love? They hire flavor and fragrance companies – the same ones that create perfumes for Calvin Klein and Dior – to engineer chemical flavor packs that are added to the juice! This is why although oranges taste different from each other, a brand’s commercial orange juice tastes exactly the same in every bottle.
Alissa Hamilton J.D, PhD, a Food and Society Policy Fellow with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), says:
“[T]hose in the industry will tell you that the flavor packs, whether made for reconstituted or pasteurized orange juice, resemble nothing found in nature (link).”
Other Breakfast Foods You Should Avoid
Donuts, another breakfast staple, are just sugary junk foods in disguise. They only became acceptable to be consumed in the morning due to Dunkin’ Donuts campaign during the 1950s. The same goes for bagels, which only became a breakfast food when Lender’s developed a frozen-bagel factory in the 1960s.
Other unhealthy “breakfast foods” that only became popular because of corporate marketing efforts include:
- Cream cheese (Kraft promoted its Philadelphia cream cheese brand)
- Chocolate milk (with the premier of Nestle Quik powder in 1948)
- Specialized coffee blends (only became popular in America because of Starbucks founder Howard Schultz)
Dr. Mercola says that even commercial yogurt brands are not health-promoting breakfast foods at all because they can contain as much as seven teaspoons of sugar per container!
Try These Healthy Breakfast Options
Many believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. According to Dr. Mercola, eating breakfast can have beneficial effects on your:
- Insulin resistance
- Energy metabolism
One study even revealed that people who ate breakfast every day were 35 to 50 percent less prone to obesity and insulin resistance, compared to those who skip it (link). This is why you should make sure you eat a healthy breakfast.
One breakfast meal Dr. Mercola recommends consists of a whole avocado, chopped fresh, organic red onions, and four pastured raw egg yolks along with dehydrated seasoned cucumber pulps (left over from juicing). This low-carb meal contains high-quality fats, but without gluten or grains.
He also recommends a glass of whey protein with two to four raw eggs. Make sure the eggs come from free-range chickens raised by a local farmer. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil, a great source of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are the best low-glycemic fuel for your muscles after exercising.
Don’t let corporate marketing dictate your breakfast choices! Instead, choose healthy and organic foods that can help you stay at the peak of your health.