Found our sticky on cereals:
When buying cereals:
You want to go for "5 and 8" - at least 5 grams of fiber, and less than 8 grams of sugar per serving. These cereals are all recommended for the SBD...
* Uncle Sam Cereal (1 cup)
* Kellogg's All Bran Original (1/2 cup)
* Post Shredded Wheat & Bran (1 1/4 cup)
* Kellogg's All Bran Extra Fiber (1/2 cup)
* Post Bran Buds (1/3 cup)
* Post 100% Bran Cereal (1/3 cup)
* General Mills Fiber One (1/2 cup)
* Kashi Good Friends (3/4 cup)
* Kashi GoLean (3/4 cup)
Look at the label. You will see a suggested serving size and then the nutritional data.
1. Start with the serving size. Don't use the part that refers to cups or something like 3/4 cup or full cup. Use the part that says 1 ounce or 28 grams (sometimes they use 30 grams) that is a SB serving size for cereal. Most companies don't use 1 ounce as their serving size, however. It will say something like 56 grams.
2. All the nutritional data below the serving size is based on their serving size. So if it says a serving size of 56 grams that is actually two servings. So you need to cut it in half. So it might say serving 1 cup -- 56 grams. That means you have 1/2 cup of the cereal.
3. Then look at the nutrition. Those numbers are based on their serving size. If it says fiber 8 grams but the serving size is 56 grams that means you are only getting 4 grams of fiber and that is not a best SB choice. Aim for 8 grams of fiber or at least 6 grams of fiber for a 28 gram serving.
4. Now look at the sugar. That too is calculated on their serving size not a SB serving size. So if their serving is 56 grams and the sugar says 16 grams that would be a SB choice because we can have up to 8 grams of sugar in our 1 ounce of cereal. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
Bottom line is you HAVE to read ingredients on everything. If you find a cereal you do happen to like but it falls slightly short on the stats, then its up to you to make the lifestyle call. Personally I don't eat cereal as "cereal" but I add it to my yogurt to make my meal out of yogurt and cereal more substantial.
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