A note about Special K….

by | October 9, 2009 | healthy breakfast, nutrition, nutritional therapy, Special K, weight loss

Food marketing is very powerful, and as such, many people believe that a breakfast of Special K is a pretty healthy choice, and may help you to lose weight. This is not my point of view at all, and I’ve been looking at the nutritional content of Special K and am surprised by what I have found. I was once told never to eat anything that you see advertised on television – I think this is sound advice!

For a start, Special K contains an extremely small amount of fibre per serving – 0.75g which is about the same amount as 1.5 slices of white bread. It is also devoid of calcium, magnesium and zinc. And it may be low in fat, but it is also low in protein, which means that the cereal is mainly carbohydrate which can quickly be digested into sugars. Personally, I can’t see how a breakfast of Special K would keep you feeling full for longer than an hour or so! And it’s not just Special K that’s the culprit here, many other breakfast cereals are similar.

A much better bet is a breakfast based on oats. Oats are rich in fibre and minerals, and will keep you feeling fuller for longer. If you add some nuts or seeds to your oat-based breakfast (or choose a good quality muesli), this will add even more nutritional value. And remember, this kind of breakfast may have more calories than a bowl of Special K, but that’s because Special K contains very little substance and may have you reaching for a snack come 10am. And it’s often best to ignore the calorie content of food, because constantly choosing low calorie options can sometimes direct you to unhealthy ‘diet’ foods which just leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied.

If you’d like any advice about what makes a good breakfast, do drop me a line.