I'm sure we all remember those classic commercials for breakfast cereals, waffles and more all touting their benefits as part of a complete breakfast (which seemed to include a LOT of food):
So I was fascinated to see this Popular Science article analyzing the "Breakfast Foods Healthiness Spectrum"!
To help explain the chart, the article outlines the criteria by which the foods were ranked: "Each of those dots represents one food item, and its position on the scale shows its score according to the Nutrient Profiling Model. That’s the method that Oxford University researchers came up with so
that the Food Standards Agency could evaluate “healthiness,” which is otherwise a fairly ambiguous term. To calculate that score, you need to know the food item’s weight and caloric punch, plus how much sugar, salt, saturated fat, fiber, protein, and fruit or veggie content it has inside. That limited what
types of things we could put on this spectrum. Pancakes, for instance, are made according to recipes that can vary widely, and an individual pancake will have a varying weight. Instead, we stuck to foods you can buy pre-made (plus eggs, which the USDA has nutritional data for), since manufacturers have to provide that information on the label along with serving size."
Your choices in the morning make a difference! There are healthier versions of everything from breakfast cereals to pre-made oatmeals. Muffins are basically unfrosted cupcakes, so I don't know how healthy they can get, but analyzing the sugar content and nutrition density of breakfast foods can help.
Personally I haven't had breakfast cereal in forever, preferring to focus on the OTHER parts of a complete balanced breakfast, like the fruit or toast!
What about you?