The #1 Worst Breakfast That Ages You Faster, Says Dietitian
By Lekhak December 30, 2021
Breakfast meals with added sugar can cause early aging and other health issues.
As you become older, your body goes through a lot of changes. For example, as your blood vessels and arteries stiffen, your bones become weaker, and your muscles lose their natural flexibility, your heart health will decline. With each passing year, you may notice significant changes in your digestion and metabolism.
Although these changes are natural and unavoidable, you can make some dietary changes to help slow down the aging process and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle as you become older. But how can we know which meals are beneficial and which are harmful?
Sugary cereal is one of the worst morning items you can eat, according to Courtney D'Angelo, MS, RD, author at GoWellness.
How sugary cereal ages you faster
Let's face it: cereal is one of the quickest, cheapest, and most straightforward breakfast dishes. And if you're often busy or on the go, with little time in the morning to make food for yourself, a bowl of cereal is a tempting option.
Unfortunately, D'Angelo advises that this meal typically contains ingredients that accelerate aging, such as added sugars and refined flour. There is significant evidence that excess added sugar in the diet leads the body to develop advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which have been linked to skin aging, according to a 2015 review published in the journal Skin Therapy Letters.
"[Added sugars and refined carbs] are all very inflammatory, and the more you consume, the greater your risk of weight gain, chronic low-level inflammation, and poor gut health—all of which can age you much faster than you'd like," D'Angelo says.
What to eat instead
Instead of grabbing sugary cereal in the morning, D'Angelo suggests adding some anti-inflammatory foods to your diet.
"My go-to tip is oatmeal, and the best part about oatmeal is that you can add whatever nutritious foods you choose to obtain the nutrients you need. Whey protein, for example, can help you stay fuller for longer, fruits can provide antioxidants, and flaxseeds can provide omega-3, which is crucial for heart and brain health. Selecting the ideal ingredients for the diet you wish to follow is really all there is to it."