Saturday, January 22, 2011

Choosing A Healthy Cereal

The cereal aisle is one of the largest in the grocery store.  In fact, it has become an $8 billion business.  It seems like each brand has a health claim on its label.  But many cereals are just heavily processed junk filled with sugar.  Beware of health claims on packages promising to boost your immune system or unclog your arteries.  No single food is going to possess a cure for ailments.  Look for whole grain cereals as they contain more fiber, less sugar and more complex carbs.  Be careful with granola cereals as they often have lots of fat and sugar.  The best cereals have whole grains listed as the first ingredient and have at least 5 grams of fiber per serving.  The sugar content should be 10 grams or less.  Here are a list of cereals to try:
Quaker Oatmeal Squares
Serving size:1 cup, 210cal, 6g protein, 2.5g fat, 
44g carbs,10g sugar, 5g fiber

 Barbara's Shredded Spoonfuls
 Serving size: 3/4 cup, 120 cal, 1.5g fat, 4g protein, 
5g sugar, 24g carbs,  6g fiber

 Barbara's Puffins
Serving size: 3/4 cup, 90 cal.,1g fat, 2g protein, 
5g sugar, 23g carbs, 6g fiber

Fiber One Honey Clusters
Serving size: 1 cup, 160cal, 3g protein, 1.5g fat,
 14g fiber, 44g carbs, 6g sugar


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