There are many foods available in the supermarket aisles that are marketed as “healthy” and come in packages that take minimum effort to put together. Corn flakes and muesli are two such options that serve as a convenient breakfast option for busy bees who are always pressed for time yet want to have something “healthy.” Packaged muesli primarily comprises of multigrain cereals, rolled oats, but may also have rice, corn, wheat bran, candied fruits, nuts like almonds, walnuts, raisins, sugar, etc. In addition, they may be tossed in invert syrup for added sweetness along with added flavours to appeal to the tastebuds of consumers. Muesli can be quickly prepared with either milk, yogurt, fruit juices such as orange juice, coconut milk, almond milk, etc. Muesli is considered a much healthier option than granola, but is muesli good for weight loss? Before you add the next packet of muesli to your grocery cart, read on to find the truth:
Will Muesli Fit into your Weight Loss Diet?
If the muesli that you just picked has loads of sugar in the form of well, “sugar, invert syrup, malt extract, candied fruits, honey, jaggery, etc.,” – all that sugar will spike up the blood glucose and the subsequent slump will leave you hungry shortly. Anything with a high amount of sugar is not good for your weight loss goals. When you are trying to shed extra pounds, do remember to pick foods that would fill you up and provide your body with good nutrition, without spiking up blood sugar or eliciting a sharp insulin response, and muesli with lots of sugar isn’t a good choice at all.
Though muesli is considered healthy, the type of ingredients added has a lot of impact on your weight. Traditional muesli is made from oats, fruit, and nuts, raisins, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, high on nutrients such as protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, essential minerals, etc. which are not only good for overall health, they boost metabolism and help in burning excess calories too. Also read: “How To Eat Almonds to Lose Weight.”
Muesli is light on the tummy and good for digestion too (with the high fiber content). When muesli is homemade, you can make it rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, healthy fats, and minerals by adding rolled oats, fresh fruits, nuts like almonds, walnuts, healthy fat sources like chia seeds, flaxseeds, etc. The best thing about muesli is that it requires minimum to no cooking. You can also add fruits like apple, banana, pomegranate, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, etc.
Available in different variants and flavours, some muesli brands add multiple sugar sources like honey, syrup, malt extract for that extra sweetness. A quick glance at the ingredients list would reveal why they aren’t exactly great for someone who is trying to lose weight.
Take a look at the ingredient list of some of the best-selling muesli options:
1. Muesli with Fruits: Candied papaya and cranberry, sugar, malt extract, artificial flavours. They also mention that candied and dry fruits may contain sulphites to maintain the color of fruits (sulphites are food preservatives that can cause wheezing and breathing problems.
2. Another one with 0% Sugar: Honey, sugar, malt extract, invert sugar syrup, honey.
3. Another one with dark chocolate with the tag “healthy” mentioned on the packaging: Butter, sugar, date syrup, jaggery with artificial flavours.
Summing up, muesli can be weight loss friendly only if it is completely sugar free and has less of calorie-dense ingredients. You can try incorporating it into your diet but do not forget to read the labels carefully. Look for ones that specifically mention zero sugar content and that means no added refined sugar or any honey or any sweetener. Most importantly, do remember, if it’s homemade, it’s good! If it’s in a packaged form, do make sure to check the ingredients list because with added sugar, anything becomes unhealthy and would not fit into a weight loss diet. Most importantly, if weight loss diet is on your mind, do check out the Rati Beauty diet plans on the Rati Beauty app.
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