How Do I Find Healthier Cereals?
Many cereals have large amounts of added sugar, too much salt or sodium, and low levels of whole grains, even if they have a label that suggests fortification with added vitamins. Cereals that are gluten free are not necessarily healthier, and are only appropriate for individuals with celiac disease or a diagnosed gluten allergy. Look for some of the following on your cereal box:
- At least 5 grams of fiber per serving
- Whole grains as the first ingredient on the food label
- The significance presence of ancient grains
- Less than 8 grams of added sugar per serving
- Less than 200 mgs of sodium per serving
- More than 4 grams of protein per serving
You can make these cereals even healthier by choosing low fat or skim milk, or fortified soy or almond milk to add in. Also consider bumping up the protein by adding natural unprocessed nuts, and boosting fiber with a serving of cut up fruit like bananas or berries. You can also use your healthier cereal as a topping on Greek yogurt, for a delicious breakfast-on-the-go.