Jul 6, 2011

How To Choose The Best Breakfast Cereal

Hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend! We have been very busy lately and consequently, a quick breakfast has become the norm around our house. Enter cereal. I don't mind this one bit because I love cereal. Who doesn't, really? It's probably one of my favorite things to eat. 

Simple. Easy. Healthy.

Thankfully, a healthy cereal with low-fat milk and a small piece of fruit is one of the best and easiest breakfasts around. But cereal has become a bit complicated these days. In a typical grocery store, an ENTIRE aisles may be devoted to breakfast cereal. This is confusing and can make choosing a cereal difficult. As if this wasn't enough, so many cereals contain massive amounts of sugar and other strange ingredients. So here are some tips for selecting the healthiest cereals for your family:

Look for:
  • 6 grams of sugar or less per serving
  • At least 3 grams of fiber per serving
  • Whole grain as the first ingredient
Avoid cereals with: 
  • Partially hydrogenated oils
  • High fructose corn syrup 
  • Artificial colors
Sometimes the health messages on food products can be deceiving. For example, just because a cereal box says “less sugar” doesn’t mean it is low sugar. Make sure to read the nutrition label to check if the cereal truly is low in sugar. Also, serving sizes vary depending on the brand. This information also can be found on the nutrition label. 

Happy breakfast eating!

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