However, to try and find a cereal with at least 5g fiber, less than 5g sugar and no artificial dyes will probably leave you with one or two options.
I say everything in moderation.
5/4/2012 2:47:02 AM
For UK members - read the blog post I wrote; which includes a section on best and worst UK cereal options. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public _journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848306
5/4/2012 2:17:33 AM
Many Kashi cereals are higher in fiber than Raisin Bran. Their GoLean cereal contains 10 grams of fiber per 1-cup serving, It also contains soy protein which is not good for everyone. They aren't as healthy as they appear. The Kashi Heart to Heart cereal lists evaporated cane juice (sugar) as its second ingredient. It also has honey in it.
If you want to eat oatmeal, make sure it's not the instant, sugar-sweetened kind. Old Fashioned Oats cook in the microwave in less than 5 minutes. And, you control the amount of sugar. The serving size of a pack of instant oatmeal contains less oatmeal than a serving (1/2 cup) of plain oatmeal. So, you pay for the convenience & the processing of the instant, and get less nutrition.
It's fun reading the comments, because people have a lot of interesting information to share! I'm going to be cutting wheat out of my life soon (not a necessary thing to eat), as an experiment. If I feel fantastic, oh, we'll see! I can't trust much of spark people's nutritional advice because you guys seem to be operating on diet advice from the 90's or something.... But, most people do. Even the medical websites. Skim milk may have less calories, but the fat is important. Saturated fat is important. I trust real science, and real science has never found saturated fat to have ANY link to clogged arteries or heart problems. It was a fad in the 50's that the government picked up without any proper research. And since then, no one has questioned it. Science is so important. People need to do hard research on these things! If you don't believe me, take some time and do the research. Prove me wrong! I wish people would be more up to date, and at least not suggest and claim things that are not proven in the slightest. People can try anything they want, whatever works, but I think at least big places like spark people should be more careful and update themselves based on hard evidence.
So no, I am never going low-fat for anything. I trust the way we have been eating for thousands of years, and not dying or getting unhealthy from (especially since unhealthiness is booming more than ever in the US...). But besides the saturated fat things, most things are right-on here. After all, whole wheat is a lot better for you than white flour and so on. One can make improvements on their diet.
5/4/2012 2:03:52 AM
People, do NOT feed your small children Raisin Bran or other very high fiber breakfast cereals. While some fiber is ok (like Kashi), a lot of fiber is too much for children's small stomachs. Only teenagers and up should be given cereals like Raisin Bran.
We seem to be forgetting that carbohydrates ARE sugar: a sugar and water complex that is broken down to those components in the digestive tract, and absorbed as sugar. Cheerios may be FROM whole grains, but are no longer a whole grain: I've never seen a grain that grows in circles. Cereals are dangerous: most people do not measure out one serving, so most are getting 2-3 times the amount of carb listed in a serving. There are very few true whole grain cereals: muesli comes the closest because even oatmeal is processed once you cook it.
I like Shredded Wheat and I never liked sweet cereal. For Oatmeal I add a tsp of artificial brown sugar.
12/3/2011 7:16:12 AM
Raisin Bran has one of the highest sugar counts. One leading brand even coats the raisins with sugar!
12/2/2011 10:26:55 AM
Another fun thing cereal companies did when told to lower the sugar content is that they made the servings smaller! They didn't change anything in the cereal but by making the serving smaller they can legally say "with fewer calories/grams of sugar per serving!" You always have to make sure to read the box carefully!
12/2/2011 9:12:58 AM
Another option for sweetened prepared cereals, from a friend of mine years ago when our kids were small. She let her kids enjoy the cereals they liked but only in really small quantities after they had eaten something healthy -- like a breakfast dessert!
We enjoy hot oatmeal made this way: mix 1/2 cup quick oats with milk to cover and microwave for 1 minute. Add more milk and turbinado or brown sugar to taste. It's as quick as instant but has no salt in it and a lot less sugar than you would find in those little packets. It also doesn't become "gummy" this way, just moist. You could throw whatever kind of fruit you like into it -- raisins or applesauce and cinnamon, whatever. When I use sugar, I find that a teaspoon and a half is more than enough -- at 4 grams carb per teaspoon, that's not much. But it's really satisfying. And so quick and easy!
My husband likes to mix dry rolled oats with a little milk and fruit-flavored yogurt. We also make our own muesli by mixing rolled oats with dried fruit, sunflower seeds, etc, and adding a little honey if desired. A small serving is very satisfying.
In general, the less processed a food is, the better it is for you, in my opinion. One rule of thumb, learned from a friend, is to look at how long the list of ingredients is on the package. The more ingredients, the less healthy it is for you.
I never thought that just because a cereal was changed to include whole grains the calorie count was decreased or lower than the original version. I've always assumed that the calorie count was the same.
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