We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives us fuel to help to jumpstart the day and our metabolism.
One of the easiest and fastest breakfast options is cereal. However, with all the different selections out there, which one is best for you and your family; which cereal will give you the most nutrition and least amount of “empty calories”?
Just keep these 3 things in mind when picking your cereal:
Fiber content: We are supposed to consume 25-25 grams of fiber a day, with 50% of it being whole grains, so why not get most of that out of the way in the morning? Most cereals contain 0-15 grams of fiber, so look at the label to see if you’re getting enough. Aim for a cereal that has at least 4 grams of fiber per serving.
Sugar content: Extra sugar is not good- it falls into the “empty calories” category. Cereals can contain 0-23 grams of sugar of any kind (sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, fructose, etc.). Look for cereals that have less than 8 grams of sugar per serving. Avoid those that have “no/ zero grams of sugar” for those just contain artificial sugars.
Label Claims: A lot of cereals label themselves to make you think that their cereals are healthier than they really are: “Fruit Loops” are healthier because they have no cholesterol and are low fat? NO! Remember: (a) cholesterol cannot come from a non-animal originated animal; and (b) low fat does not necessarily mean low in sugar or calories. Most low fat items are compensated with more sugar or salt.
Don’t be fooled ever again by those cereal commercials! And remember, skim milk helps too!