How do I choose a healthy cereal?
How do I know if my cereal is healthy?
Submitted by FitnessEditor

"Make sure a whole grain is first on the ingredients list," says Ashley Koff, R.D., "followed by a fiber source, like ground flaxseeds or wheat bran. Try to skip cereals with unbleached or bleached flour, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners; opt for natural sweeteners instead."

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Submitted by abdus.shafi

There are a few rules I try to keep when choosing a cereal. I like to make sure that: 1) First ingredient is a WHOLE GRAIN. 2) Dietary Fiber is at least 5gm or more. 3) Sugar is less than 10gm. 4)make sure that the GI is low to improve satiety. my favourite cereal is protein 1st, from the goodness brand. This cereal offers a great amount of protein using soy and amaranth, it is high in fibre to keep you full. it also contains barley and really less sugar and longer resist carbs TO KEEP U FULL!
Submitted by miss_attai

There are a few rules I try to keep when choosing a cereal. I like to make sure that: 1) First ingredient is a WHOLE GRAIN. 2) Dietary Fiber is at least 5gm or more. 3) Sugar is less than 10gm. 4) The ingredient label is no longer than 10-12 ingredients. My favorite brand of cold cereal is Fiber One. They have great flavor and simple ingredients. Of course, the best cereal for your heart is delicious, hearty oatmeal. Happy breakfasting!
Submitted by joycemolly1

If plain oatmeal is too bland, I like to brew a flavored tea (such as Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice) and use instead of water. This will give you some flavor and no extra calories!!
Submitted by brittneylerche1

If there is a long list of ingredients or if there is added sugar, don't eat it. You'll likely be surprised by how many "healthy" cereals really aren't good for you (i.e. Kashi, most granolas). You'll be much better off with something like unsweetened oatmeal or no-sugar-added museli. That being said, don't buy products with artificial sweeteners; they're much worse for you than natural sugar.
Submitted by mcnabbmartha