13 Popular Foods You Should Never Eat In the Morning, According to Dietitians

Starting your day with a healthy, nutritious breakfast will not only keep you fueled throughout the day, but your overall health will benefit. Eating breakfast has been found to lower your risk of heart attack, lower your risk of diabetes, and improve your focus and attention span. Not only is it good for your health, but eating breakfast can help you keep off the pounds. According to a research project from the National Weight Control Registry, 78% of people who are able to lose weight and keep it off eat breakfast every day.

But it’s not just about eating breakfast…it’s about what you’re eating. And if you’re choosing unhealthy options, you’re likely not setting yourself up for success or optimal health. Here are 13 foods that dietitians suggest you should definitely skip first thing in the morning. Read on, and for more on how to eat healthy, don’t miss The 100 Healthiest Foods on the Planet.


“Starting your day off with a bowl of cereal is likely setting you up to feel hungry soon after as most cereals are made with refined flour, meaning they are low in fiber,” says Kelli McGrane MS, RD, registered dietitian and Lose It! nutrition consultant. “Plus, they also tend to be high in sugar and low in protein. Also keep in mind that even cereals that claim to be made with whole grains, often contain very little actual whole grains.” See: The Unhealthiest Cereals on the Planet.

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“Although sausage is a food eaten by many for breakfast or at weekend brunch, sausage isn’t the most nutritious morning option. Sausage is made from ground meats, fat, spices, flavorings, and binders,” says Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, registered dietitian nutritionist, and

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