Muesli is regarded as a healthy breakfast cereal. It is available in packaged dry form or a freshly made mixture. Usually made up of oats, flakes, dried fruit and nuts, muesli offers several health benefits. Its ability to make you feel full and the nutrition it offers makes it an ideal morning meal.
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Muesli is a good source of dietary fiber, or roughage. Found in several muesli components, but especially in wheat and oats, fiber helps to curb high cholesterol and prevent digestive problems, such as constipation. According to the USDA Nutrient Database, a cup -- or 85 grams -- of muesli provides 6.2 grams of dietary fiber. The American Dietetic Association recommends that adults consume between 25 and 38 grams of fiber a day.
Muesli can aid in weight loss. Fiber absorbs water and swells up as a consequence, which means it occupies more space in the stomach and makes you feel fuller. Muesli is also a good source of B-complex vitamins, which help to break down fat in the body and speed metabolism.
According to the USDA Nutrient Database, a cup of muesli offers 1,210 kilojoules, which is a measurement used for food energy. This high food energy level makes it ideal for breakfast, when you may wish to wipe away the last vestiges of drowsiness after waking up. A benefit of such alertness is that you may be better prepared for exercise.
Cancer and Heart Disease
Because it contains ingredients such as oats, nuts and seeds, muesli offers substances such as healthful lignans, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Lignans are associated with medicinal use against breast, prostate, colon and ovarian cancer. Antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids are useful for fighting heart disease.