Thursday, August 4, 2011

Muesli Cereals

I have started eating muesli since last week. I'm a nut and oat lover so this really fits my taste buds. I got interested how it was developed and its health benefits so I researched and created this article.


Muesli (pronounced as myĆ¼s-le) is a breakfast cereal developed in the late 19th century by Maximilian Bircher-Benner. A Swiss physician and nutritional researcher, who changed the eating habits of many people in Europe. Instead of much meat and white bread, he encourage them to eat fruits, vegetables and nuts with moderate exercise including walking and gardening daily. His original recipe was rolled oats, lemon juice, cream, apple and nuts. It was prescribed to his patients in his hospital. Modern versions can include nuts, dried fruits, seeds, berries and honey. It is now widely available not only in health food store but also in grocery stores. Muesli is best serve with skimmed milk.

Now, let me give you the nutritional values of various food ingredients in muesli.

Oats - It is a significant source of dietary fiber and Vitamin B1. Oats are also a good source of magnesium, selenium, manganese and phosphorous. The protein content of oats is almost equivalent to the quality of soy protein. It contains a type of fiber called beta glucans that helps to lower down bad cholesterol. Oats are most effective when consumed as part of a low-fat, high-fiber diet. It also promotes feeling full that can help as part of a weight loss or control diet.

Dried fruits - Dried fruits will retain or even increase all the nutrients present in fruits. It is infused with vitamins, minerals, fiber, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, sugar and others. It also helps in cleansing the system as an antioxidant agent. This keeps a person healthy and free of diseases such as bladder and skin problem.

Nuts and seeds - There are friendly nuts and seeds that are mono-saturated with fats and make you feel full and satisfied. It is rich in fiber and protein that provides many of vitamins B, E and other essential minerals including selenium, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous.

So Muesli is definitely healthy and a good way to start your day!!!

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