Healthier Breakfast Cereals with Less Sugar
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories of added sugar a day for women and 150 for men. That's just 24 and 36 grams respectively. A single serving of some cereals exceed this amount. Take the most popular breakfast cereals in America: Honey Nut Cheerios, Special K, and Honey Bunches of Oats.
Serving Size: 3/4 cup, Protein: 2g, Added Sugars: 9g, Fiber: 2g
A better Cheerios choice may be regular Cheerios which boasts just 1 gram of added sugar in its 1 cup serving size. Multigrain Cheerios has a little less sugar than the Honey Nut variety at 6 grams, and its larger 1 cup serving size boasts the same 110 calories with an extra gram of fiber.
Serving Size: 1 cup, Protein: 6g, Added Sugars: 4g ,Fiber: 0g
The calorie count of this rice-based cereal got some unwanted publicity recently as an advertisement was deemed misleading for not mentioning the additional calorie count of added milk. The Advertising Standards Authority banned the commercial saying Kellogg's should have made clear the calories listed did not include milk calories. So you know, a cup of 2% milk would add 122 calories. Interesting how they didn't mention the fact that the ad calls the 1 cup serving a "bowl." By the way, according to the nutrition facts on their website, there is no fiber in a serving of this cereal, which may leave you less satiated than other more fiber-packed options. Sad that the box lists the milk calories of 1/2 cup of skimmed milk, when that seems like a very small amount of milk to add to a "bowl."
Serving Size: 3/4 cup, Protein: 2g, Added Sugars: 6g, Fiber: 2g
I like that their website mentions a serving has the same amount of calories as Special K, without pointing out that their serving size is a 1/4 cup smaller. Also interesting about this cereal is despite its name, corn, wheat and sugar are listed before oats, meaning it's more like sugar bunches of corn. To be fair there is honey in the ingredient list as well, just happens to be after salt, rice flour, vegetable oil and a few other ingredients. Other varieties of this Post brand cereal include Vanilla Bunches, Just Bunches and Raisin Medley, all of which add up to 200 or more calories per cup with ample amounts of added sugar.
Serving Size: 1 cup Protein: 13g Added Sugars: 6g Fiber: 10g
Nature's Path Optimum Slim - 210 Calories
Serving Size: 1 cup Protein: 9g Added Sugars: 7g Fiber: 9g
Post Shredded Wheat Original - 170 Calories
Serving Size: 1 cup, Protein: 5g, Added Sugars: 0g, Fiber: 6g
Serving Size: 1 cup, Protein: 1g, Added Sugars: 0g, Fiber: 0.2g
Kashi 7 Whole Grain Cereals Puffs - 70 Calories
Serving Size: 1 cup, Protein: 2g, Added Sugars: 0g, Fiber: 1g
Do you eat more than the suggested serving size of your favorite cereal?