If you believe that corn flakes help you in weight loss, its time to reconsider. They instead contribute to weight gain.


A cereal can be a good breakfast option if you select one that has less sugar and fat and also contains the right amount of nutrients. But if you make wrong choices, your cereal may contribute to weight gain, said a blog post published in Stylish.In.

Many of us think that having corn flakes with milk is a safe and healthy breakfast option with a high content of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and a low amount of fat. But the truth is that a box of corn flakes contains corn, sugar, malt, and high fructose corn syrup. Out of all these ingredients, corn syrup contains high Glycaemic Index carbohydrates.

The proportion of sugar in corn flakes is so high, and many people add sugar or honey to corn flakes along with milk. This increases the sugar content of the cereal, and having this on a regular basis will result in weight gain. Various results have proved that intake of cornflakes causes obesity.

All traditional weight loss techniques follow one thing in common – eat fewer calories. This is applicable in the case of corn flakes too. Most corn flakes packets recommend a serving size of 30 grams with 125 ml of semi-skimmed milk.

Corn flakes are low protein foods. Although they make you feel full upon completing the meal, you would feel hungry again in just a few hours.

A study of cereals published in the Times of India states corn flakes as an unhealthy breakfast for kids, and also for people who are aiming for weight loss. It also states that the amount of iron present in corn flakes is much less than the amount mentioned in the packaging.

Another study conducted by a health magazine of UK has also stated that cornflakes cause obesity in kids.

The study conducted on a group of kids with low GI (glycemic index) breakfast like bran, muesli, porridge and soya, and high GI breakfast like corn flakes, chocolate flavoured cereal or white bread, found that high GI group were more likely to feel hungry between the meals and they also ate more for lunch.