Depending on where you look online, you’ll meet certain ideologies:
- Carbohydrates are safe to eat.
- Vs carbs are NOT safe to eat.
- Some carbs are good for you.
- Vs some carbs are bad depending on your physiology.
Some of these ideas will come from the:
- Vegan community.
- Ketogenic community.
- Carnivore community.
Or they’ll come from those who push:
- The Western diet.
- The standard American diet (SAD diet).
Or from those who do whatever their doctors tell them, without question.
But when it comes to cereals, are they safe to eat along with their carb content?
Let’s answer that question.
1. The types of carbs in cereals
The types of carbohydrates in cereal are what matter most. So what type of carbs are we talking about?
Well, you know that cereal in itself is not:
- Direct from the earth.
- And isn’t part of nature.
Which is why cereals are loaded with refined carbohydrates.
“Refined” anything is always bad. Drugs, by the way, are also refined which is why they’re also bad as a sidenote.
Anything refined simply means the original source has been changed to the point of detriment. And so while some carbs are OK, carbs in cereal aren’t safe to eat because they’re refined.
2. The amount of carbs and sugar in cereal
We’re talking about the average cereal here. It doesn’t matter about the brand of cereal at this stage.
Let’s get some examples to look at.
Coco Pops is extremely popular in the UK, in fact, it’s so popular it’s sickening.
Like many cereals, the marketing drivel is exactly that: drivel. And with 17g of sugar per 100g and 84g of carbs per 100g, it’s easy to see why it should be avoided.
Everyone’s famous cereal, cheerios, has a whopping 69g of carbs per 100g, and 17.7g of sugar per 100g. This is shocking for a “plain” cereal.
Even per serving, which NOBODY has such a small amount, has 20g of carbs. But that’s not realistic or a reflection of actual serving sizes.
In another famous cereal, honey nut cheerios, the carb count is 71.3g per 100g, and 22.2g of sugar per 100g.
Not much more than I expected it to be compared to plain Cheerios, but still a high sugar food (refined).
Shreddis is another popular cereal, but less popular than Cheerios. 72.3g of carbs per 100g, and 22.2g of sugar per 100g.
Any fibre in this cereal and all cereals is fortified as well, plus the high carb count makes the fibre irrelevant.
Kellogs corn flakes might be one of the most famous cereals in the world. The 84g of carbs per 100g surprised me, as well a the 8g of sugar (though this one is relatively low).
Still, refined carbs are BAD for you, especially if you have skin inflammation, insulin issues, diabetes, and so on.
Nesquik, a popular cereal in the UK, has 75.2g of carbs and 22.4g of sugar. So more than Cheerios and cornflakes.
Even more than chocolate shreddies.
Weetos have 77g of carbs per 100g, and 19g of sugar per 100g. So very high and much higher than most on this list.
Remember, this is the type of food they claim is “good” for you and for kids.
The famous Rice Krispies, a cereal I used to eat, has 86g of carbohydrates despite having 7.9g of sugar per 100g.
For a plain cereal, you can see how these “healthy” low sugar cereals are anything but in reality because of how your body absorbs those carbohydrates.
Weetabix is bragged about as being a healthy cereal, but with 69g of carbs per 100g, despite the 4.2g of sugar per 100g, it’s not exactly what they preach.
Another heavily refined product.
And lastly, the mega-famous cereal called Frosties has a whopping 87g of carbohydrates per 100g, and 37g of sugar per 100g as well.
It’s the ultimate sugar fest along with the refined carbs and DEAD nutrients that don’t mean a damn thing.
3. The nutrition in your average cereal
As you can see in this nutrition label for Coco Pops, they claim it has:
- Vitamin D.
- Folic Acid (a synthetic version of vitamin B9).
- Vitamin B12.
Now let’s think about nature for a second. Where in Nature do grains or cereals have Vitamin D?
It doesn’t exist.
What about B12? Also doesn’t exist since you can only get it from animal products.
Calcium? Maybe. Iron? Not in any relevant form. And the same is true for the b vitamins.
Folic Acid in particular is the synthetic version of FOLATE, but made to sound authentic when it’s not.
In short, what they don’t tell you about cereal is it’s fortified to death with synthetic nutrients.
Frosties, Cheerios, I don’t care what cereal you mention. It’s the same shit.
4. Compatible diets for cereal
I hesitate to say it but it is what it is.
Compatible diets for cereal are simple and straightforward:
- Standard American Diet (SAD Diet).
- Western diet.
- Or any adaptation of these diets, regardless of your country.
It’s compatible because that’s where cereal comes from. But it doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
5. Incompatible diets for cereal
If you’re serious about physical, mental, and biological health, you don’t want cereal in your diet.
Incompatible diets for cereals:
- Ketogenic diet.
- Carnivore diet.
- Lion diet.
- Ketovore diet.
- Vegan diet (assuming you avoid “vegan” labelled products).
- Low-carb diets.
- Palaeolithic ketogenic diet.
Or any diet that prioritizes health and at the least, focuses on healthy carbs.
That means NO refined carbs in the slightest. Vegetables come in that category, as well as fruits which are mostly OK depending on your physiology.
Should you eat cereal on any diet?
If you were to ask me, the answer is NO. If you were to ask someone who takes their health seriously, the answer would also be NO.
Why? Because everyone agrees that sugar is unhealthy, and so are refined carbs.
The former is more agreeable than the latter, but that’s irrelevant.
- Full of dead nutrients.
- Loaded with bullshit synthetic vitamins.
- Have too much sugar.
- Encourage you to overeat.
- Encourage abnormal portion sizes.
- Are marketed with disingenuous intentions and false claims.
It shouldn’t be part of any diet and never used to be until food became a business of refining products to death, GMOs, altering, and profit over health and prosperity.
Carbohydrates in cereals are best avoided.