3 Simple Rules for Choosing Healthy Cereal

Simple Rules for Choosing Healthy CerealFirst ingredient is whole grain

Check the ingredients list and make sure the first ingredient is preceded by the word “whole” (whole wheat, whole grain corn, etc.).  You can assume oats and brown rice are automatically whole grain.  If the first ingredient is bran (oat bran, corn bran, wheat bran, etc.), that’s fine, too.  Bran isn’t technically a whole grain, but it is a concentrated source of naturally occurring fiber and is very healthy.

At least 3 grams of fiber per serving

A high-fiber diet has been shown to protect against heart disease and may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.  The fiber content is typically a good reflection of how much whole grain and/or bran the cereal offers.

No more than 8 grams of sugar per serving

Even if a cereal is made from whole grains or loaded with other healthful ingredients, a high sugar content disqualifies it as a healthy choice.  Most of the sugars in breakfast cereals are added sugars, but cereals can also contain natural sugars from raisins and other dried fruits.  Too much sugar in the morning  –  regardless of the source – can spike your blood sugar and cause you to feel hungry sooner.

Top picks for healthy cereals

  • Kashi Heart to Heart – Honey Toasted Oat
  • Kashi Heart to Heart – Warm Cinnamon
  • All-Bran Complete Wheat Flakes
  • Special K Protein Plus
  • Original Cheerios
  • Multigrain Cheerios
  • Total (original)
  • Wheaties
  • Wheat Chex
  • Grape-Nuts Flakes
  • Post Bran Flakes
  • Newman’s Own “Sweet Enough” Honey Flax Flakes
  • Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites
By | 2018-02-07T14:53:41+00:00 April 10th, 2010|Weight Loss Tips|0 Comments