• Choosing Healthy Cereals

  • Finding a more functional cereal

    All cereals are not created equal, so on those mornings when all you have time for is a quick bowl of cereal it's important to choose wisely.

    Our registered dietitian at St. Anthony Hospital, encourages you to, "Choose a functional cereal. Read the labels and look for whole grain cereals with high protein, high fiber and low sugar." A healthy cereal can be a nutritious start to your day and fuel your body until lunch time. However, cereals that are high in sugar and low in protein and fiber are mostly empty calories that offer no benefit.

    We also support eating good carbs for breakfast. There are many diets out there encouraging people to completely cut out all carbs. While carbs shouldn't be the primary portion of foods you eat, whole grains are important for heart health, so we encourage you to choose whole grains and organic brands when possible.

    Our dietitian compared Cheerios and a variety of Kashi cereals to determine which packs the most protein and fiber. The choice? Kashi GoLean Crisp. A 1 cup serving provides 9 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. In comparison, Cheerios offers only 3 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.

    Other Kashi cereals offer varying amounts of protein and fiber, but all are considerably more nutritious than Cheerios.

    Most importantly, when shopping for cereal, read the nutrition label before making your choice. There are many healthy options out there when you take the time to look closely.

     

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