Choosing A Healthy Breakfast Cereal

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Cereal is healthy, right? Sometimes! Cereal has been lumped into the healthy category, but sometimes it is far from it. In this blog, I will teach you how to choose a healthy cereal, instead of one packed with added sugar.

There are three basic things to look for when choosing your cereal.
1. Sugar – for obvious reasons. You don’t want to start your day with a huge amount of sugar.
2. Fiber – this will be what keeps you full. It also shows that the cereal isn’t very highly processed or refined.
3. Sodium – also known as salt. Cereal is processed, so it’s important to look at the sodium content.

According to Becca Bristow, a registered dietitian on YouTube, a good round cereal contains less than 9g of sugar, more than 4g of fiber, and less than 140mg of sodium.

Let’s look at a few examples.
1. Kashi Go Lean

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Sugar: 8g
Fiber: 13g
Sodium: 115mg
This is a great cereal to start off your day!

 

2. Special K Red Berries

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Sugar: 9g
Fiber: 3g
Sodium: 190mg
This cereal wouldn’t be a terrible choice, but the fiber content is lower than we would like and the sodium is just a little higher than we would like.

3. Honey Smacks

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Sugar: 15g!
Fiber: 1g
Sodium: 40mg
This one surprised me! The sodium on this one is actually great, but the other two factors just knock it out of the park. With 15g of sugar and only 1 tiny little gram of fiber, this is a terrible choice to start your day. Since this one doesn’t contain marshmallows, chocolate, or anything frosted, you would think it would be relatively healthy. Just goes to show how deceiving certain foods can be.

What do you think? What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Becca’s video: The Skinny on Cereal | Healthy vs. Not-So-Healthy

 

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