What's your usual intention when you're buying cereals? Most people look forward to buying cereals for the sake of having something healthy for breakfast --right? I understand that some buy them for snacks but usually, parents buy them for their kids to have a nutritious breakfast. If it's not for kids, it's for the sake of health conscious adults.
I was browsing the EAT THIS NOT THAT website and upon viewing "The 24 Best and Worst Cereals" slide, this particular cereal made me L-O-L for real.
0 fiber!? LOL. The comment is so right. "Fiber is cereal's one true virtue." Whatever happened to cereal being oh-so-healthy?
Another cereal that made me laugh once again was this one:
Check out the fiber and the sugars values. WOW. Dessert, anyone? Sugar rush time!
So basically, all I'm saying is that not every food that has been claimed to be healthy is really what it seems to be. Take oatmeal for example. Oatmeals are considered healthy IF they are not loaded with all those flavorings. I used to only check THE CALORIE COUNT of the foods I eat but after studying Nutrition as part of my course, I learned to read everything because even though some are low in calories or low in fat, if you check the other components, there is a complete imbalance among them. If they lower the fat, the carbohydrates value becomes higher to compensate for the flavor lost. If it's low in calories, check the ingredients and you might just see some unknown and unnatural stuff enlisted. So you really have to watch out for those. Yes, a lot of foods right now are targeting the health conscious ones but are they really healthy at all? Sometimes, it's much better to eat the usual and normal food (I'm saying that it's sometimes because other low fat/low calories/low low low stuff do have benefits) because altering the components can be very unhealthy. I know that checking the nutritional values can be so "erky" but it really is good to at least be aware of what you're eating. I'm always guarding myself from new products that are targeting the health conscious people. Salad meals are popular nowadays. Salads are healthy if only you are to remove the mayo-based dressing and all those cheese, overloading meat, croutons, etc. So I really am alert when products claim they're 99% fat-free or whatsoever. I know that people may say "Just enjoy your food! Stop being too conscious". True enough (trust me, I still eat normally but with the right portions... I still eat litson and pastries so don't think I'm a super killjoy health freak) but when you enjoy yourself too much, you overlook the fact that you're already overeating and the effects this can give. I'm not only talking about being weight conscious--I'm talking about the overall health. Whenever I deal with patients and I get their history, there's this constant reminder for me to start being conscious with my lifestyle because I might just regret it in the end. I must admit that a lot of my patients had lived the lifestyle I used to live before turning into a more health conscious individual and seeing where their lifestyle brought them motivated me more to really change my ways. I don't like the idea of a person enjoying everything right now then she/he becomes bedridden or terminally ill at the age of 40 or younger than that.
You can enjoy (whether it's eating, drinking, smoking, or whatsoever) but everything has limitations... We need balance (everything has balance, right? ) and we have to start balancing ourselves now. Remember, if we enjoy too much of everything in just a short period of time, we're shortening the time of taking the chances of what could've been more to us. So take time and stay balanced. Proper distribution. LET'S DISTRIBUTE THAT LIFESTYLE THROUGHOUT OUR LIVING YEARS! No "isang bagsakan" allowed. LOL. WOOOT! hahaha! :) I know you all know everything I said here--just reminding because I care. ;) (Lol... pa-cute.)