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How Healthy Is Your Cereal?
Published: 2/5/2014

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I'm not a big fan of cereals. I prefer breakfast options that offer some protein and healthy fat to keep blood sugar steady and hunger at bay through the morning. But if cereals are part of your morning routine, you should know that just avoiding the brightly colored boxes of sugarcoated kids' versions may not be enough to assure the healthiest breakfast option. Sugars, over-processed grains and altered fats can be hidden in many cereals - including those that are marketed as "healthy." Consider the following when choosing cereals: 

  1. Sugars: Choose unsweetened products or varieties with eight grams of sugar or fewer per serving. Be aware that cereals with dried fruits provide additional sugar that can quickly add up. Instead of dried fruit (which contains concentrated natural fruit sugars, and often has added sugar), add fresh, whole fruit to your cereal.
  2. Fiber: Aim for at least three grams of fiber per serving. The terms "whole grain" and "whole wheat" are not always good indicators that fiber content will be substantial, especially if they appear as “flour” on the ingredient panel. Some healthful choices are steel-cut oats, bran and wheat germ cereals, and whole grain cereals with actual bits of grain and no added sugars.
  3. Fats: Avoid any product that contains hydrogenated fats or trans-fats.
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