Cereal used to be my favourite food.
I’d eat it for breakfast, but sometimes after dinner, dessert, or at nighttime when I was hungry.
I never added sugar to it, thankfully, but it didn’t matter since it’s full of it.
I never thought of cereal being:
- High in carbohydrates.
- High in sugars.
- Low in nutritional value.
- Loaded with synthetics.
Making the so-called benefits irrelevant because of the sugar that depletes these nutrients.
At the time I didn’t understand carbohydrates as well as I do today, and that lack of understanding hurt me in ways I never anticipated in the years to come.
Heart Block is one, Hidradenitis is the other, and so on.
Let’s talk about these high-carb cereals that absolutely MUST be avoided on a low-carb, ketogenic diet.
High-carb cereals I ate:
1. Rice Krispies
These were one of the most common cereal brands in the UK growing up, and probably still is from what I can see.
This cereal isn’t as disingenuous as others with its claims, but either way, it’s no good with 86g of carb per 100g.
2. Coco Pops
Coco Pops have advertisements all over TV and still does. “We’d rather have a bowl of coco pops” is the popular tagline.
They taste good, smell good, feel good (until afterwards), and any variety you get has 70+g of carbs and 22g of sugar per 100g.
Within that range.
3. Golden Nuggets
These were one of my favourites as a kid, and I ate them well into adulthood.
Look how positive they make the box, the art, and the display look. They even say “no artificial colours of flavours”.
And yet, per serving, which you’ll never be able to portion control for, there’s 31g of carbs and a lot of sugar.
I’d eat at least 100g of these and most people do because of the sugar.
4. Plain Cheerios
Cheerios have to be the most popular cereal there is. Even the plain ones are full of shit in a literal sense.
I’d gobble them up every morning, and would even go for seconds depending on how satisfied (or unsatisfied) I felt.
5. Honey Nut Cheerios
As I alternated between cereals, I’d go for honey cheerios instead of the regular ones from time to time.
These extremely high-sugar and higher-carb foods have synthetic vitamins and minerals that mean nothing because of the sugar content.
Relevant: Managing Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Frosties, theeeeerrreee gr8888888″. – Tony The Tiger
This is and was the tagline for Frosties in their advertisements. In reality, this is a cute tagline and phrase to lure people in, most of all kids.
And it works.
These are one of the highest-carb foods on the list with 87g per 100g.
7. Knock-off coco pops (Supermarket brand)
There are always knockoffs, or cereals where the supermarket makes their own version much cheaper, and if money’s an issue, you’ll go for this one.
That’s the point.
They have even more sugar and carbs than the original.
You can think of this cereal as a more sugary version of rice krispies. These ones don’t need added sugar or honey.
Not as popular these days, but It’s a high-carb cereal I used to eat a lot.
9. Coco Pops Strawberry And White Chocolate
I remember seeing these some years ago in a convenience shop, and I decided to buy them. This was just before I started putting my foot on the accelerator of health, nutrition, diet, and testing foods.
Tasty no doubt, but I have no desire anymore and I’m glad for it.
10. Cereal Bars
Cereal Bars sound healthy, look healthy, seem healthy, and seem to make logical sense. But that’s only true if you’re misguided, miseducated, and have been misled by the bullshit.
It’s just a bite-sized version of the unhealthy cereals many stuff their faces with. And ONE bar isn’t enough for breakfast unless you’re beyond anorexic and are only 2 feet.
11. Nestle Gofree Rice Pops 350g (Gluten Free)
I used to naively buy these cereals during the time I started taking my health 100% into my own hands. I bought them from Amazon.
After finding out I had gluten intolerance, I naturally went for these but they’re just as bad as any other cereal in the grand scheme of things.
31g of carbs per 100g is on the low end though. So a step up at the time.
12. Supermarket brand frosties
These are basically FAKE frosties, but they’re all the same anyway since they all have fake vitamins and minerals, with fake benefits and nonsensical advertising.
87g of carbs per 100g so similar content to the originals.
13. Nestlé GoFree Coco Rice Gluten-Free Cereal 295g (Gluten Free)
Between 20-30g of sugar and carbs per 100g makes this not the worst cereal, but not one you should be eating on a low-carb, ketogenic way of living.
I ate these after going gluten-free and then graduated away from them to pursue the path of healing my Hidradenitis.
14. Weetabix Cereal
Weetabix legitimately has a lot of protein for a cereal, but that protein, much like the synthetic vitamins, is void, useless, and can’t be taken seriously for those in need of protein.
Weetabix wasn’t nice enough alone, you needed added sugar or honey on top.
15. Nesquik Chocolate Cereal
One of the less popular cereals but still quite known. Nesquik, like many cereal brands, are full of sugar and carbs. And shouldn’t be touched with a 10-foot pole.
Garbage food at its finest for those pursuing keto or wanting to improve their health, diabetes, blood sugars, and so on.
16. Chocolate Cheerios
And finally, we have Chocolate Cheerios which are claimed to “Lower cholesterol” on the front of the package.
This is an insane claim considering it’s loaded with sugar and carbs, both of which will RAISE cholesterol because of the effect on blood sugar, insulin, your pancreas, and more.
Either way, I ate this religiously, unfortunately, until I woke up.
In the end, any food that’s:
- Not real.
- Not whole.
- And has “added” vitamins….
Is NOT worth your time, effort, energy, health, body, or soul.
It shouldn’t be digested any more than the cereal box itself.
Still, it was part of my journey and my life at one point In the past.