Good choice, bad choice: cereals

| October 10, 2011

Few supermarket aisles are more confusing than the cereal aisle, with its dazzling array of good, bad and simply terrible choices. A serving of dry cereal (approximately 1 ¼ cups) makes an easy, packable snack or a nutritious breakfast with milk and fruit. But all cereals are not created equal.

How to choose

Look for labels that meet these criteria per serving:

Calories: fewer than 200

Fiber: 3 grams or more

Fat: fewer than 2 grams

Sugar: fewer than 10 grams

Good choice

General Mills Fiber One

Calories: 60

Fiber: 14 g

Fat: 1 g

Sugar : 0 g

Kashi GoLean

Calories: 70

Fiber: 5 g

Fat: .5 g

Sugar: 3 g

General Mills Cheerios

Calories: 100

Fat: 2 g

Fiber: 3 g

Sugar: 1 g

Bad choice

Look for words such as “crunchy, frosted or fruity.” Many granola brands are full of sugar and sodium and may be less healthy than a lightly sweetened choice. No idea why raisins in Raisin Bran have to be sweetened!

Kellogs Froot Loops

Calories: 120

Fat 1 g

Fiber: 1 g

Sugar 15 g

Kellogs Honey Smacks

Calories: 100

Fat: 1 g

Fiber: 0 g

Sugar: 15 g

Apple Jacks

Calories: 120

Fat: .5g

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 15 g

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