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  • 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! - 7/21/2013 1:34:19 PM
  • 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. - 7/21/2013 8:34:48 AM
    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) - 6/5/2013 11:18:22 PM
  • 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. - 4/25/2013 9:45:15 AM
  • 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. ;) - 2/2/2013 11:11:28 AM
    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. - 9/18/2012 8:46:50 AM
    "However, experts from five universities reviewed the leading kidís 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." - 8/8/2012 7:40:27 PM
    Very useful info in there! Itís 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 donít have any health benefits anyways. For more on the truth about breakfast cereals please visit
    lth-food-in-the-world/ - 8/8/2012 7:16:54 AM
    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. - 5/29/2012 11:31:13 AM
  • 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. - 5/10/2012 5:18:42 AM
  • I opened this email because the title was The Best and Worst Breakfast Cereals‏. I expected a list of the worst cereals but there wasn't any. Very misleading. Not what I expected. - 5/9/2012 10:12:36 AM
  • Make a simple statement...have a simple answer.
    - 5/9/2012 5:12:18 AM
    While I don't think it was intentional, I was looking for the best and worst cereals as stated by the name of the article. I think most readers are interested in how their cereal compares. Maybe that would be a possiblity for a future areticle. Thanks for the information on cereal, some of which wase very surprising. - 5/7/2012 3:08:58 PM
  • I recommend that you buy plain bran flakes with 5 or less gms. sugar, then add your own raisins. You can regulate your level of sugar. I believe the very best fiber cereal is the original Fiber One- yeah, the one that looks like twigs. 14 gms. of fiber in one serving. Expensive though! The best hot cereal is old-fashined oatmeal. We started buying all store brand oats, bran flakes, and toasted oats. Skim milk, bananas, or strawberries, and NO added sugar. The sugar cereals are like eating dessert. - 5/4/2012 4:17:38 PM
  • KID1959
    I was looking for it to be a list of cereals to buy, but I did find the information to be very helpful. - 5/4/2012 1:02:30 PM

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