8 nutritional pitfalls connected with breakfast
After many hours of sleep our body needs a decent amount of energy to be fully operational for the entire day. This means that breakfast is the first and most important meal which should include about 25% of all calories that are supplied to our body along the day. It is best to have it between 2 and 3 hours after waking up. Healthy breakfast stimulates our metabolism and supplies our body with nutrients, which eliminates the feeling of hunger efficiently. So having no breakfast is actually the worst of ˈsinsˈ one could commit.
Low-sugar food is widely advertised and very popular these days. Low-sugar yoghurts, sweets and even fruit juices can be found easily in almost every shop or restaurant. Yet, these so-called ˈdieteticˈ products aren't healthy at all. Their natural sugars are replaced with sweeteners. Aspartame, sorbitol and mannitol are substances of plant origin. They are much sweeter than sugar but, even though they satisfy our demand for sweetness, they cannot trick our brain for which "sweet" stands for "high-calorie". When our body gets too few calories it stimulates our hunger centre, which actually increases our appetite. What is more, such low-sugar products often have poor nutritional value and include more chemical supplements.
Breakfast is not a race
Our lives are faster and more intensive than ever before. Consequently, we have less time to enjoy our meals. Ulcers, indigestion or liver conditions are largely related to unhealthy diet, but also to rapid eating. According to scientists spending about 20 minutes for every meal is essential as this is the amount of time that is required for the feeling of satiety to travel from our stomach to our brain. When we eat in a hurry we lose control over this feeling of satiety and simply eat more. This is why at Qubus Hotel we follow the principle of slow food also during our breakfasts and serve home-made, high quality products, various kinds of healthy, Polish honey or cheeses straight from organic farm.
According to consumer organizations many kinds of breakfast cereal made by popular producers include large amounts of sugar but low amounts of fibre, which is very important for our body. The data is quite alarming as the average content of sugar in cereal sold in the Polish market is as high as 28%. So what should be taken into consideration while choosing our cereal? Most of all, their natural quality, sugar content and limited number of ingredients. At Qubus Hotel we serve corn flakes, oatmeal and even special Swiss muesli composed according to our own original recipe.
Even though they include protein, fruit yoghurts consist mainly of sugars and "other additions" with surprisingly little fruit. It is a good idea to compose your own yoghurt using much healthier, natural yoghurt with fresh fruit which can be found in plenty on our breakfast buffet.
Fake brown bread
Brown, wholegrain or wholemeal bread is a much healthier alternative to white bread, if the colour results from flour used for dough, not from caramel used to give it attractive appearance. Quality bread is heavy and moist, and it is made of natural leavening, flour, water and a pinch of salt. Among 100 products available on Qubus Hotel breakfast buffet you will also find many types of bread from our trusted, local bakeries as well as our own bread with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or cranberries.
Curd calorific bomb
Curd cheese is an excellent choice for a healthy breakfast. Yet, if you want to stay fit choose skimmed or semi-skimmed cheese. Unskimmed curd cheese includes 18 times more cholesterol. At Qubus Hotel, in addition to semi-skimmed curd cheese, we also serve many types of light cottage cheese (with natural yoghurt, cucumber, radish or chives) often favoured by our Guests.
Coffee on an empty stomach
Coffee lovers often make the same mistake and start their day with a cup of coffee. The truth is, it is much more healthy to drink coffee after breakfast when apart from stimulating your body, it will also positively influence your digestion. While a cup of coffee on an empty stomach stimulates secretion of stomach juices, which may result in hyperacidity and irritate your alimentary canal leading to flatulence and indigestion. This is why our Guests can always have a cup of aromatic, freshly-ground take-away coffee.
Chief Gastronomy Specialist
Qubus Hotel Management