(Original post by ~Sam~)
What would you say is the best cereal to start the day with? I've been having shredded wheat lately because of the whole 'no added anything' appeal, but looking at the list it seems to be a high GI food (which is bad, right? I don't know much about GI :s) Is there anything better I could eat which would keep me full for longer?
Don't let the GI thing bog you down. I just posted that in response to a specific query and it was aimed at someone who needed it for medical reasoning. GI can be useful in certain people who are dieting, and some do follow a low GI diet successfully, but its not the only approach to dieting. GI is a good indicator of how fast blood sugars rise in average people, but if your perfectly healthy, and have no indications for needing a low GI diet, then just try and eat healthily (as a first approach to the diet, often healthy foods are also low GI automatically). Do the usual cut out on sugary and fatty foods. (most people know what these are in the diet) Theres hundreds of ways to diet, and lose weight, and probably the hardest part is to choose the right approach for you.
In my honest opinion, Shredded wheat as a cereal is fine, avoid the cereals which may have added sugar since thats empty calories. ie no real nutrients. Things like weetos, frosties, plus the ones which look like they would be good - certain muesli's. Check labels if needs be - your looking for the carbohydrates of which sugars to be under 20g/100g in my opinion are reasonably decent cereals. BUT as perfectly healthy members of the population its not life or death to eat foods which don't fall into this category. If you think the shredded wheat isn't keeping you full then maybe try something like porridge, or bran style cereal.
I think my point is, yes watch what you eat to some extent, but try not to become too obsessive, unless you have to.
A big point is nutrition is that it is a multi factor thing - whilst one food is good for one aspect, eating the same food may be shown to cause certain complications for other things. Taking shredded wheat, ok so it breaks down rapidly meaning a fast rise in glucose and a higher GI, but on the otherside its high in fibre, which is good for your digestive tract. Its still going tobe lower in sugars than say a bowl of Lucky Charms (if anyone remembers them!) Plus the list i posted was from the manual of dietetic practice, but looking at it, i think the higher GI foods, may not necessarily be extrotionately high or unhealthy for some of the categories, just higher than other alternatives. For example, cakes and bisuits aren't mentioned on that list, and i'm sure the GI of those will be pretty high. On lists i've seen previously for GI, wholemeal bread certainly wasn't classed as a high GI food. It could be new research, has led to reclassification of some of the foods, since that table was taken from a 2007 publication.