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  • KID1959
    I was looking for it to be a list of cereals to buy, but I did find the information to be very helpful.
    Surprised to see Kashi on the list since just revealed they use GMOs. I used to think it was a healthy cereal....but I am guessing many of those you listed as good choices also use GMOs. Not what I consider among 'best' choices.
    What are the best and worst breakfast cereals? Very misleading in the email that was sent out this morning.
    well, i feel darned good about our cereal cabinet. we have cheerios, shredded wheat and wheaties; along with some nature's path and kashi. since we're old hands at label reading, the first two things i look at are the sodium content and the fiber. then i check out the rest. it's a sweet deal when the label content is just 'wheat' as in shredded wheat; and with wheaties it's whole grain wheat, sugar, salt, corn syrup, trisodium phosphate. the two are so different, it's not funny, and yet this article reccomends wheaties, so i have to wonder what the so called 'sugar' cereals have in them. i stick with cheerios which has whole oat flour, modified corn starch, wheat starch, sugar, salt, calcium carbonate, oat fiber and then a whole list of vitimins. this has made me think as i've compared these three standards in our cabinet: maybe i should make shredded wheat my fave and make sure i have fresh berries, etc to add. i love it with hot milk and a little added sugar. i grew up with it hot like that. yummy.
  • 11TERRY20
    Liked the comments more than the article.
    The title says "The Best and Worst Breakfast Cereals".

    So, Where is the list of the best cereals?
    Where is the list of the worst cereals?

    Personally, I like the ingredient list on shredded wheat (any brand, including store brands). Throw some 2% milk and a banana in the bowl, along with about two "servings" of cereal, and I am good until lunch time.

    And some of those "healthy" cereals taste like the cardboard box used for packaging. Tried Kashi and Mulesi on several different occasions, hoping that had gotten better. and the info on the side panel is just as bad as the major brands.

    If the kids like the sugary stuff, mix it with the generic plain version. I found that a mixture of 1 part sugar puffs (or honey puffs or whatever they are calling them this month. The ones with the frog) with 3 parts of just plain puffed wheat id about right. in fact, my kids and now my grandkids will not eat most of the sugary stuff straight from the box, because they say it is way too sweet and sugary. they even mix plain old yellow box cheerios about 2 parts to 1 when using the flavored honey or apple kind.
    Have you tried Torani syrup? I use 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal, with one cup water and a splash of sugar free Torani brown sugar and cinnamin syrup. (made with splenda). You have only the calories of the whole grain (150). You could try vanilla or peach or raspberry if you prefer... tastes great, and very filling.
  • I agree with those who say 'no' to commercial cereals and anything 'low-fat'. That's outdated 'science' pushed on us by manipulative mega-companies greedy for a profit. Remove wheat and other grains from your diet and watch your weight drop and see how much better you feel!
  • TERI081010
    Go organic, say no to Monsanto!! I don't buy conventional cereals.
  • Check out Special K Protein Plus. I use to eat Kashi go lean but switched to the Special K and my nutritionist gave it a thumbs up :) I was diagnosed with pre diabetes.
  • Interesting article.

    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.
    For UK members - read the blog post I wrote; which includes a section on best and worst UK cereal options.
    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.
    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.

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