How Healthy is Muesli?
How do you define a healthy breakfast? Well, there will be several answers to it when, it comes to choosing an ideal breakfast. When it comes to muesli, most people only have a faint idea as to, what it is and, whether it is healthy or not. Don’t worry, we have got all that covered of, what it takes to be a Muesli Pro.
What is Muesli?
Technically defined, muesli is a mixture of oats, nuts, dried fruits, and sometimes other grains or spices. Well, frankly that’s not very specific. In fact, there are a ton of different varieties of dried fruits, nuts, and spices, so as you can imagine, there are also a ton of different varieties of muesli. You can find many versions, including gluten-free muesli, fresh muesli, toasted or untoasted muesli, and its close cousin: granola. Depending on how the muesli is made, it’s often more natural and contains less calories and sugar than granola, which usually has more added syrup to aid in the toasting.
How should you eat it? & Why should you eat it?
There are several ways you can enjoy it, both hot and cold. While many people like to have it the traditional way i.e. with milk, there’s a good amount of people who savour it with curd and yogurt. Also, some people like to consume it with Fruit juices such as apple juice. Depending on how you consume it will also determine the health benefits of muesli. Like, if you have it with milk or curd the sugar content will be lower than what it would be when, you consume it with fruit juices. Well, you can always decide on how you wish to consume your muesli, it would be wise to also know its health benefits.
- Muesli typically has less sugar and calories than most breakfast cereals on supermarket shelves.
- It’s high in fibre and whole grains, which regulate the digestive system, are filling and can aid in weight control.
- Muesli is a potent source of antioxidants.
- The addition of nuts provides a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids (especially walnuts).
- Milk or dairy alternatives that usually accompany muesli is a source of dairy and protein.
What makes muesli unhealthy?
It can be shocking to learn that muesli can also become unhealthy. This often happens when the packaged muesli contains extra sugar, unnecessary calories, carbs, and fat. There are some points to be taken care of, if you wish to enjoy your favourite breakfast in a healthy way.
- Better if unroasted.
- Watch the serving size (should only be 1/3- 1/2 cup max).
- Aim for varieties containing under 20g of carbohydrates per serving.
- <3g of saturated fat per 100g.
- Low glycaemic index.
- Limited dry fruit (too high in sugar).
- A mixture of healthy fats.
Muesli in its own original form is nothing but healthy. Over the years, it has been introduced with various added ingredients which may or may not be healthy. It’s up to you to decide, how you wish your muesli to taste like. Zerobeli has a range of muesli flavours for you, which are both healthy and tasty. Choose wisely. Choose Zerobeli.