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Carbohydrates are worst when consumed for breakfast

Must See 24/08/2018

It feels like the best breakfast foods are all based around carbohydrates - avocado on toast, porridge, a fat stack of pancakes, the list goes on.

But a dietician has dropped a brekkie bombshell, telling Popsugar you may be doing more harm than good by munching all your carbohydrates first thing in the morning.    

According to Shauna Sacco, a US dietician and personal trainer, eating refined carbohydrates like white bread and pastries for breakfast is a bad idea for your blood sugar levels.

"The most important time to eat a balanced meal is at breakfast, so you fuel up for the day and maintain steady blood sugar," Sacco says.

"It can be hard to find good breakfast options because we're often on the go or indulging in sweeter options like pancakes."

So if you go by the 'eat it early and burn it off approach', you may actually be negatively affecting your energy levels for the rest of the day.

Sacco recommends focusing on nutritious protein sources at breakfast, like hard boiled eggs or nuts. These can be added to more slow-release forms of carbohydrates, like porridge or wholegrain bread.

But it's great news for those who love a big bowl of pasta for dinner.

"If you're going to indulge in a carb-heavy meal, it's better to do it at the end of the day, before you sleep, to avoid blood sugar crashes and cravings," she said.

Her advice comes after a new US study, published in The Lancet Public Health, revealed that a low-carb diet could lead to an early death.

The study found low-carb diets result in a "small but significant increase in mortality".