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Cereal, Fibre and Diabetes

Most of us grow up in our childhoods eating some kind of breakfast. Just about the most controversial kind of breakfast in my opinion is cereal and milk. There are just so many variations. There are some with excessive amounts of sugar, some without, many with processed ingredients, the list goes on. Then there is the milk. Are you using one percent? two percent? whole milk? fat free? There is a lot of variations in this category as well. This is why it makes it makes me feel that audiences can be mislead by titles like the following story has.

Studies have shown that consuming adequate amounts of fibre per day reduces somebody’s chance of developing type two diabetes. While this may be true, what I really have a problem with is that they are using this to say that cereal can help reduce the risk. Do not get me wrong, if someone does go and buy a cereal with high amounts of fibre, they most certainly will entertain the effect that this correlation between lowered diabetes risk and fibre has. However, most people I can think of do not buy cereal with high amounts of fibre. Instead, they opt for the cereals with high amounts of sugar instead. Why? Because they taste much better! Sure, most of these cereals such as Frosted flakes, Fruit loops, Sugar Crisp, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and many more of the advertised cereal on television do have fibre in them, and some people may want to stop there and ask what my problem is with these cereals if they contain the diabetes lowering content. Well, here it comes.

My main gripe with this is that the amount of sugar in these commercialized and popular cereals outclasses the amount of fibre in them. Some by as high as ten times or more. Most people I know do not know how to properly read, nor do they follow nutritional labels as is, so they have no idea what they are getting in that bowl of cereal they eat! Let’s take Frosted Flakes for example. For every three quarters of a cup (Let’s be real, who eats this little amount of frosted flakes in one sitting as a whole for breakfast?) there is one gram of fibre. Awesome right? Fibre is what these findings were all about! Wrong. While I do acknowledge that there is fibre in this serving, there is nearly twelve grams of sugar in in that same serving. Multiply that by two or three and you have got almost thirty six grams of sugar in your cereal alone! I am just going to leave that there and not add on whatever sugar is in the milk you choose to put in it, if any at all. In case you may be thinking I found just one example alone, I will briefly cover a few more popular cereals. Let’s take look at Fruit Loops. For every one cup, and remember to be real with yourself about however much you give your kid or yourself in the morning, there are three grams of fibre, but twelve grams of sugar. Next is Cinnamon Toast Crunch. One gram of fibre per every ten grams of sugar. Do I need to go much further? Probably not, but here is the final part of my point here. To see the effects of lowered diabetes risk, you need to consume at least twenty six grams of fibre daily. Let’s do a little more math shall we? If someone were to get all twenty six grams of fibre from one of these cereals alone, they would easily be over one hundred grams of sugar in the morning. What I am trying to get across here is that most of these cereals do have fibre, but the sugar content is so high, your risk of diabetes is not affected in a positive way. When you go to pick up that next cereal box from the grocery store and you want to buy it in hopes of reducing your diabetes risk, I suggest you read the nutritional label and find one without a horrendous amount of sugar in it. I guarantee it will not taste nearly as good, but these are the kinds of products that this study is talking about.

For some of you, the story may end here. You may find that a cereal with an appropriate sugar to fibre ratio, and that is the end. However, for the rest of the population that is probably so used to sugar that they have spit out the healthy alternative cereal they have bought, they are still left with a dilemma. Where on earth are they going to get their fibre from? Well, there are plenty of other places to get fibre. A big fibre holder is beans and other vegetables, along with your fruit, various kinds of nuts and if worse comes to worse, there is always fibre supplements that you can buy. Consuming fibre from these sources will more than likely get you to and past that twenty six grams a day you need in order to see the effects, without the overkill of sugar that comes with our cereals nowadays.


About Kerry Dennison

Kerry Dennison
Kerry is a person who enjoys writing & storytelling. When he's not writing, you can either find him playing Mario Kart wii with his friends or spending time in the gym, as gaming and powerlifting are other hobbies of his. Contact Kerry: kerry.dennison@youthindependent.com