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How to Pick a Healthy Breakfast Cereal

Watch Out for these Breakfast Cereal Scams

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  • SUPERJACQUE
    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. - 5/4/2012 10:39:21 AM
  • MADJAKEGUS
    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. - 5/4/2012 10:15:35 AM
  • 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 That's outdated 'science' pushed on us by manipulative mega-companies greedy for a profit.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! - 5/4/2012 10:09:41 AM
  • TERI081010
    Go organic, say no to Monsanto!! I don't buy conventional cereals.
    - 5/4/2012 9:06:46 AM
  • 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. - 5/4/2012 9:05:54 AM
  • 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. - 5/4/2012 9:02:48 AM
  • UK_NICOLA
    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 2:47:02 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. - 5/4/2012 2:17:33 AM
  • 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 2:05:55 AM
  • ELISAAVIGAYIL
    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. - 5/4/2012 2:03:52 AM
  • porridge oats with fresh fruits no refined sugar there - 3/11/2012 2:26:47 PM
  • KAYMARIE55
    Is anyone out there aware of the fact it takes 72 hours to digest a doughnut?!? when i learned this I thought ahh that's why they feel like lead in your stomach! God Bless,kaymarie55 - 1/23/2012 7:19:50 PM
  • 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. - 12/7/2011 1:55:40 PM

  • I like Shredded Wheat and I never liked sweet cereal. For Oatmeal I add a tsp of artificial brown sugar. - 12/3/2011 11:30:00 PM
  • KATHLEENDENNY
    Raisin Bran has one of the highest sugar counts. One leading brand even coats the raisins with sugar! - 12/3/2011 7:16:12 AM

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