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How to Pick a Healthy Breakfast Cereal

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  • Cereals are not a real food.
    Sometimes I have a problem going overboard with cereal. The sweet ones taste like candy to me. So, I turn to Frosted Mini Wheats to keep me in line. They taste great and they are too filling to eat more than a bowl.
    Cereal is NOT a healthy product. The process involves high heat, rendering the grains toxic, and most of the ingredients in the popular brands are genetically modified. It makes me sick to see moms giving their babies Cheerios to snack on. Ugh. Tons of information is available on this, but here's a blog post (easy reading) that talks about it
  • great article have been avoiding cereal for quite sometime cos of some of the reasons sited.
  • great article have been avoiding cereal for quite sometime cos of some of the reasons sited.
  • Since I need extra protein and fiber due to medical conditions, I combine 2 cereals so that I get the benefits of both. And I also read labels! Drives my DH nuts, but he is losing weight in spite of himself thanks to all those great recipes on Spark!
  • I am not really a cereal person. I will eat Special K with vanilla and almonds. But that's once in a great while. But good article.
    I too was looking for a list. Here are mine from home, note the different calorie serving sizes
    Cheerios Calories 100, fiber 3g, sugar 1g, protein 3g (I don't get hungry fast with this, no BHT)
    Kashi Heart 2 Heart Calories 120, fiber 5g, sugar 5g, protein 3g (no BHT, expensive)
    Life Calories 120, fiber 2g, sugar 6g, protein 3g (I save this for evening, tastes sweet, cheap, has BHT)
    Wheat Chex Calories 160, fiber 6g, sugar 5g, protein 5g (doesn't taste sweet)
  • Wow. Not only is the Honey nut cheerios I give my kids bad by these rules, but also is the organice, Cascadian Farms cereal I just bought on sale. Who knew? Wish there was an actual list somewhere of some cereals that meet the Rule of Fives criteria.

    Remember the "Rule of Fives": Choose cereals with at least 5 grams of fiber per serving, and less than 5 grams of sugar.
    Look for each serving to contain at least 3 grams of protein.
  • I'd rather eat a cereal filled with massive amounts of organic sugar, than eat a low sugar, high fiber Frankenfood like Kashi. GMO's are not a "healthy" choice. ;)
    What about the carnation instant breakfast drinks? I been drinking one every morning with lowfat milk. Keeps me from being hungry the whole morning and gets me through my morning workout at the gym.
    "However, experts from five universities reviewed the leading kid’s cereals". Ha! Does it take and expert to read a label?! Sorry, I just find it humerous that it takes an "expert" to validate the simplest things. "Hey Bob, our funding grant is runnig low. Go down to the cafeteria and find something to study."
    Very useful info in there! It’s the smart and sleek packaging of breakfast cereals that tricks us into believing that they make for healthy breakfast options. Probably the best way out could be to do away with them altogether as most packaged foods don’t have any health benefits anyways. For more on the truth about breakfast cereals please visit
    Thanks for the sound advice on cereal selection. I hadn't heard the rule-of-5 before. For those of you out there looking for a quick yes/no list, the list is there, you just have to read the article. I think the best advice is that you MUST read the nutrition facts. Plain and simple. There are no shortcuts and no quick lists that can substitute for that. Not misleading at all. Great information.
  • Be careful if there's too much fiber, though - check the list of ingredients. Companies are boosting the fiber content by including chicory root extract/inulin, polydextrose and such indigestible carbohydrates that were never normally part of our food supply until recently and it's not clear if they definitely have similar benefits to "real" food fiber. And many people's digestive tract's react quite badly to them, even if used to plenty of real fiber in real foods. I get painful trapped gas that lasts for days from such "fakey fibers", other people just get plenty of gas that explodes out of them ... Google for "Fiber One bars make me fart" for testimonials! Also make sure to drink extra water with those fiber bombs, that's important for fiber in general but especially for the fakey fiber.

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