The 3-Ingredient Breakfast a Harvard Physician Eats "Every Single Day"


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Harvard physician Monique Tello is very put off by the typical American breakfast, and it's easy to see why. "To the cells in your body, a bowl of cereal or a bagel, or a piece of toast, or a muffin are all no different than a dessert," she wrote in a Harvard Health post, as reported by Business Insider. "When I look at the typical breakfast food offerings at many restaurants, supermarkets, and food trucks, and I think about the health of our nation, I want to cry."

She goes on to explain how "processed carbohydrates and sugars cause blood sugar and insulin levels to rise" and that the insulin ushers all that sugar into your fat cells, "where it becomes stored energy, also known as body fat." Instead of opting for the typical refined carbohydrate–laden breakfast, which she claims "will make you sick, one way or another," Tello swears by a simple combination of berries, Icelandic-style yogurt (which means protein rich), and a mix of nuts, seeds, and rolled oats.


This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

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