It’s well established that not all breakfast cereals are good for you, so how do you pick the healthy choices and skip the bad ones? Greatist advises closely looking at three criteria of the serving portion:
- sugar – less than 10g
- fiber – at least 3g
- whole grains – whole wheat, whole oats, or whole barley (50%)
The trick is to figure out how much of these three elements you are likely to get in one serving portion. As Greatist.com (see below) article says, portion size is important and you shouldn’t be over-indulging there. Most boxes come with a suggesting serving size so stick to that or lesser.
Limit sugar: Less than 10 grams of sugar per serving is ideal for satisfying your sweet tooth without turning breakfast into dessert.
Embrace fiber: To feel fuller longer, look for at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. A diet high in fiber will help digestion, making sure your body er, relieves itself, on a regular basis.
Don’t skip over the ingredients list: The first ingredient should be a type of whole grain — whether it’s whole wheat, whole oats, or whole barley, whole grains can help promote heart health. Also look for ingredients you can recognize and pronounce, rather than processed ones.
The full post at Greatist has some other great tips on picking cereal, but the best part is that they’ve made your job a whole lot easier by choosing the 20 healthiest cereals you can buy. Click the link for your cheat sheet to better cereal choices.