7 Reasons NOT to Eat Muesli (Are There Even Real Muesli Benefits or is it a Hoax?)
In reality, there are oodles of muesli benefits. This homemade cereal is good for weight loss, keeps you feeling full and energized long after you eat it, and it helps curb those pesky (and dangerous) refined sugar cravings. It’s also a much healthier alternative to granola!
But we like to keep things interesting… and as it happens, there are actually some absurdly valid reasons to avoid muesli. Although they’re bizarre reasons, they’re reasons nonetheless!
Without further ado, let’s walk through the list you’ve been waiting for!
1. You Want to Gain Weight Quickly
Is muesli (phonetically Mews-li) good for weight loss?
Perhaps you have been asked to play a rotund character in a movie and you need pack on the pounds quickly. If you need to gain weight quickly, then you would probably want a fast burning carbohydrate like those found in processed foods.
For example, here are some “fast burning” carbs:
- White bread
Next, here are some “slow-burning” carb examples:
- Whole grains
- Certain fruits
Get the picture? Fast burning carbs convert to sugar quickly. If your body doesn’t exert energy in proportion to the amount of sugar ingested, then your body will convert these carbs sugar to fat. Of course, this fat does add up over time.
Since Mu Mu Muesli consists of “slow-burning” carbs, it would make it hard to gain weight quickly! In fact, muesli is actually a beneficial part of any weight loss plan! You see, muesli has complex carbs that take longer to break down and create a more stable blood sugar level. Muesli differs from granola in that its ingredients are raw. It has slow burning carbs combined with fiber and protein. This equates to a long lasting energy source.
Bonus Muesli Benefits:
Looking for more super low sugar meal ideas? Check out our constantly-updated list of Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners!
2. You’re Selected for a Pie Eating Contest and Want to Be Hungry
Have you ever noticed how quickly you can become hungry after eating? I still get surprised when a few hours after eating I feel sluggish and hungry.
This usually follows an, um, … “cheat meal?” I have also called it “carb loading” to make myself feel better.
Most snacks and drinks advertised as breakfast food are processed and high in sugar. The shocking thing here is the physiological impact this has on the mind.
Dr. Paul M. Johnson and Dr. Paul J. Kenny paint a clear picture of this in an article titled “Addiction-like reward dysfunction and compulsive eating in obese rats:..” (5).
The title above is a continuance of a study relating to substance abuse and sugar: “Cheesecake-eating rats and the question of food addiction.” (6)
When it comes to breakfast cereals, whole grains and oats will keep you fuller longer and burn calories faster, while at the same time raising your metabolism.
During digestion of muesli, appetite suppressing hormones are released. Since muesli is nutrient-dense, it’s perfect for not only breakfast but also a great “any time snack.”
The CDC lists Iron, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B6 in its report on “Nutrition deficiencies in the U.S., population.” Note: B6 and Iron (in women) are at the top of the list. This is especially true for vegans.
Luckily, Mu Mu Muesli helps you counteract these deficiencies.
Vitamins and minerals found in muesli:
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Pantothenic Acid
3. Have a Hankering for Genetically Modified Food (GMOs)?
If you’re looking for genes that do not occur in traditional cross breeding, then natural muesli cereal isn’t a good choice. (But why anyone would want to poison their bodies with genetically modified organisms is beyond me!)
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not found in any of our ingredients and our grains are supplied under a policy and pledge of “No GMO’s” allowed.
4. You Love the Consequences of Eating Processed White Sugar
If you like feeling awful and compromising your immune system, then perhapss muesli isn’t for you.
- White sugar definitely makes things harder on your immune system. In other words, it makes your immune system gets distracted on side issues instead of doing its original job. (See Sugar 101: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Sugar and Sugar Alternatives for more info.)
- White sugar (like white flour) is considered “empty calories.” It takes energy to digest the sugar but it gives back no nutritional content.
- We don’t add any sugar to our raw ingredients. Nor do we add salt or unhealthy oils (like you’ll find in granola). Sometimes, we’ll add some honey for a treat with our muesli and yogurt. (But this is optional, and just one of the many ways to prepare muesli!)
I was surprised to read those busy bees may visit 22 million flowers to find enough nectar for 1 lb. of honey.
There are times even a health nut will have a little dessert. And that’s okay! It’s important to know the types of honey and their uses before consumption. (Click “overview of honey” above to learn more!)
A low sugar cereal is hard to come by. People who have discovered our cereal feel like they’ve found a true treasure! It is truly our labor of love.
Like us, these pleased customers have a love for good health and enjoy the straightforward, no nonsense ingredients in our muesli. The delicious combination of organic fruit, almonds and grains makes processed added sugar completely unnecessary.
5. You Long to Be in a Constant State of Ketosis
Are you a jurassic meat eater that dodges carbs at every corner? During my short lived keto-craze I found that even someone on a keto diet can eat carbs.
The catch is that you need to work out afterward (to get back into mild ketosis). The idea behind keto eating is to force one’s body (switch fuel) to use fat as fuel rather than carbohydrates (glycogen).
The appeal is that the pounds should naturally melt off, and they do. However, many people in the nutrition space have advocated for simply eating a balanced healthy diet.
I have spoken to bodybuilding, nutrition store owning trainers that described “the keto diet” as unsustainable and temporary.
In reality, ketogenesis or one being in a very mild state of ketoacidosis happens regularly in normal people who exercise.
That is to say, the scientific processes related to a keto-diet happens with balanced diets also. You see the more pronounced production of ketone bodies by the liver – when someone is fasting, during prolonged exercise, or while eating a super low carb diet.
This tells the body “hey, I’m out of fuel!” …can the liver please make ketone bodies so I can turn my fat into fuel (ketogenesis)?”
This will also happen when you help a friend move and then go for a long walk. Or when you do some weight lifting then shift to cardio. Or simply do lots of cardio.
The readily available energy storage (glycogen) that the body has may get used up within the first half hour, depending on activity intensity and what you ate before hitting the gym. After 30 minutes (usually) your body starts to break down (and burn) fat for fuel (hello keto).
To each his/her own. You may have your reasons for leaning one way or the other.
6. You Don’t Want a Diet That is High in Fiber
Good sources for fiber include fruits, whole grains, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. The benefits of high fiber foods are noted by the Mayo clinic and include weight loss, heart health, lowering cholesterol, and improved blood sugar levels.
(Which is why this is really a list of the best muesli benefits… But who doesn’t love a little satire?)
7. You Have an Objection to Superfoods
I don’t know anyone that dislikes protein and super-foods. One of the most popular muesli benefits is its high protein. In addition to that “superfood” quality, muesli is very versatile.
Unlike other cereals, you can serve muesli cold or hot and there is a huge variety of meal ideas. For example, you will have about twice the protein found in an egg if you make a nice yogurt parfait with muesli!
Here are a few more ways to enjoy muesli:
- Healthy Muesli Breakfast Cookies
- Acai Breakfast Bowls
- Vegan Smoothie Bowls
- Overnight Oats
- Pancake Toppings
Are you on a plant based diet? Look no further! This plant-based (vegan) protein can be soaked overnight for ultra absorption of nutrients.
Our cereal is loaded with whole food goodness. We have delicious oats, berries, organic dates, flax seed and other “superfood” ingredients to supercharge your breakfast or use it as the perfect snack.
Now That You Know Some Weird Reasons to Avoid Muesli…
(And some pretty amazing muesli benefits!)
We’ve covered some odd reason to avoid muesli. But we’ve also talked about some far more convincing muesli benefits.
Now it’s your turn to chime in! What’s your favorite way to prepare muesli?Do you have any healthy breakfast ideas? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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