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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Top 10 Food Mistakes - #8

breakfast bar//(© Steve Cohen /FoodPix/Jupiterimages)

Food Mistake #8: You grab a granola bar for a quick breakfast
Snatching an on-the-go breakfast is better than skipping it altogether; numerous studies show that people who eat a morning meal are slimmer and have lower cholesterol levels and better memory recall than those who don't. But many of those seemingly healthy breakfast bars so great for eating on the run are basically candy bars in disguise, says nutritionist Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "Even though they may contain granola or fruit, some bars are full of high fructose corn syrup and trans fats to keep them soft and sweet," she says. A top-selling granola bar contains nearly the same amount of sugar—14 g—and fewer nutrients than a strawberry Pop-Tart or a slice of chocolate cake. A leading breakfast multigrain bar packs 15 g of sugar as well as heart-harming trans fats. "That rush of sugar will leave you feeling drained and hungry by midmorning," says Gerbstadt.

hard-boiled eggs//(© Envision/Corbis)

Smarter Move
Check labels and choose a bar with less than 11 g of sugar and no partially hydrogenated oils (that's code for trans fats). Also, choose a brand that has at least 3 g of fiber, which slows digestion and provides sustained energy. For a healthier—and cheaper—option, do a little preparation over the weekend. Bake your favorite oatmeal-raisin cookie recipe with half the sugar and half the oil, and pop them into individual plastic bags for all of oatmeal's goodness without the mess. Or better yet, hard-boil a half-dozen eggs and grab one each morning along with some fruit and an English muffin for a portable breakfast.


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