How to Choose a Healthy Breakfast Cereal

Health experts offer tips for navigating the cereal aisle and finding the most nutritious — and tastiest — options among the fruity flakes and fiber twigs

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kariharper
kariharper

So what cereals are recommended???

Beth Burgess
Beth Burgess

Can you believe this - there is only ONE packet cereal in the UK that

doesn't have any sugar whatsoever - one. That's regular shredded wheat.

Everything else has sugar added, even bran flakes. I'd imagine it's the

same in the US.

I agree with everyone's comments about grains - we haven't really evolved to eat them. I stay away most of the time.

I would add as well that just because something is real fruit and not refined sugar, this doesn't automatically mean it's OK. For example, for diabetics, it won't necessarily be OK - it's still sugar, just with more nutrients. And fresh fruit is much better than dried fruit, anyway, because the sugar isn't as concentrated. You're always better off consuming non-processed food.

Adam Marr
Adam Marr

Agreed, every time I see the words ' healthy whole grains' or 'saturated fat bad for the heart' I feel sorry for the misinformed. I do feel diet is both incredibly complex and can vary from person to person, but there is no nutritional benefit to wheat of any kind. Even the fiber from wheat is not all that good (compared to the type of fiber found in fruits and veggies), and despite the fiber, whole wheat still produces an insulin response equal or greater to that of plain sugar. 

Nikolai Curtis
Nikolai Curtis

Healthy breakfast cereals? Not likely considering grains are not part of a nutritional diet for humans.  We are carnivores, eat like one. Healthy meats and vegetables are what will allow us to thrive. I'm putting real money that this article is sponsored by the major grain producers of this country. Eat like our paleo ancestors and you'll see the difference. It's not a diet, it's a life change. Enjoy this "informational" article plebes.

Oknemfrod
Oknemfrod

What a sad piece of crock... There is NO such thing as a healthy cereal brand because there is no such thing as healthy grain. Sure, a brand without added sugar (or fructose, including "healthy" fruits) is less harmful than a sugar/fructose laden monster. And "whole" grain is less damaging (not "better")  than refined flour because of its lower glycemic index. What planet are you living on? The one brainwashed with the USDA cereal killer pyramid? Please wake up. Grains are biologically and evolutionally extrinsic to human nutrition. Ever since the cholesterol hoax took hold on the American soil, the people have been eating more and more "healthy" grains feeding ever expanding waistlines - and less and less real food. Getting "whole grain" brand of cereal as a "healthier" choice is akin to buying cigarettes made with whole leaf, organic tobacco. Is the latter less harmful than the chemical olio stuffed into Marlboros? Sure, but is it "better"? The best cigarette is no cigarette. The best cereal is no cereal - and of course, the same pertains to literally everything made out of grains. Unfortunately, that includes beer. But it is less harmful (and much more sapid) to have a cold once a week than stuff your belly with sugar under a different name. There is enough real food around - grass-fed cattle, free-range poultry, organic eggs, fish, non-starchy veggies, nuts, etc. - to forget about the poison from the cereal aisle once and for all.  

      

Toothy Grins
Toothy Grins

the fiber soluble content of oatmeal makes it a great breakfast cereal.   Added sugar is what I like to avoid.  There is no point in it.   You can always use honey or something like that if you "must" have sugar.