|BelVita Breakfast Bites Claim Four-Hour Energy
By: Cindy Wendland
One of the problems with eating cereal for breakfast is that after an hour, hunger pangs creep in. It just doesn’t seem to satisfy for very long. BelVita Bites caught attention from their claim that their product contains slow-release carbs that will help fuel the body for four hours. That could help you make it to lunch without massive snacking in between or at least make it to snack time.
BelVita claims nutritious sustained energy. That sounds great. We all look for our food to help us feel good and sustain our energy. How do they do it? Typically fiber and protein can help to provide a full feeling that lasts. BelVita claims 4g of fiber in a serving. Compare this to Grape Nuts, which has 5g of fiber, and Special K, which has .99g of fiber. BelVita has 4g of protein. Grape Nuts has 7g of protein, while Special K has 10g of protein. So it must be the slow-release carbs.
How do the slow-release carbs work? There are quick-release carbs and slow-release carbs. Quick-release carbs are quickly broken down into sugars. These are typically found in most breads, white rice, breakfast cereals, white potatoes, soft drinks, and baked goods. Slow-release carbs are absorbed slowly and keep your blood sugar steady, which helps keep hunger pangs away and helps prevent chronic diseases. Whole grains are absorbed more slowly than refined grains. BelVita is made with whole grains.
BelVita takes it a step further. They also claim to use a carefully controlled baking process that contributes to the slow-release of the carbs. We are not sure what that baking process is. That would be great to understand for home bakers as well.
The claim is fantastic if it is true. We all need our food to carry us through the day to the next meal or snack. Whole grains are better than refined grains. Slow-release carbs are better than quick-release carbs. Does BelVita really provide 4 hours of energy? Guess you’ll have to try it yourself and see how you feel.
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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