2. Pancakes and Waffles
Pancakes and waffles are popular choices for weekend breakfasts at home or in restaurants. Both pancakes and waffles contain flour, eggs, sugar and milk. They are cooked somewhat differently, however, in order to achieve a distinct shape and texture. Although they have more protein than some breakfast items, pancakes and waffles are very high in refined flour. Many researchers believe that refined grains like wheat flour contribute to insulin resistance and obesity.
In addition, pancakes and waffles are typically topped with pancake syrup, which contains high-fructose corn syrup. High-fructose corn syrup can cause the inflammation that drives insulin resistance, which may lead to prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Pure maple syrup is a better choice than pancake syrup, but it’s still high in sugar, which adds empty calories to the meal. According to the American Heart Association, most people consume 2–3 times the recommended daily upper limit for added sugar.
Pancakes and waffles are made from refined flour and topped with high-sugar syrups. They may promote insulin resistance and increase the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and other diseases.