If you’re walking down the cereal aisle with one of your children, there’s a pretty good chance that they are going to point at the boxes that are the most animated and also have the most sugar in them.
Being that breakfast continues to be the most important meal of the day, it’s really not wise to go with the more sugar-filled options. Besides, there are plenty of cereals that will taste good to your kids (and you) while still being good for them.
When you’re trying to decide which cereal is the best kind for you and your family, here are five things to consider:
What are the first three ingredients? When you’re reading the back of the label of any kind of food, the first three things that you see listed in the ingredients are what it has the most of. This means that when you are reading the back of a cereal box, if you see sugar, some chemicals that you can’t pronounce or references made to artificial flavors or colors, you should automatically move on to another option.
There are many health experts who will support the fact that there are some cereals that have so much sugar in them that they actually should be considered a dessert. Although a little bit of sugar in a cereal for the sake of taste is appropriate, honestly, it’s smarter to control that from home where you can watch the amount of spoonfuls you put into the bowl. However, when it comes to what you should look for on the back of the box, a healthy cereal will have no more than 5 grams of sugar per serving.
If there’s one thing that we definitely need a daily supply of, it would have to be fiber. Not only does it helps to flush out toxins and relieve constipation, but it also supports the body when it comes to preventing heart disease, cancer and diabetes. When looking for the amount of fiber that you should have in your cereal, make sure that it’s somewhere around 3 grams per serving (that’s around 12 percent of your daily allowance).
People who are enrolled in some of the best MHA programs and degrees have probably studied the fact that foods that have dried fruits in them are considered to be pretty healthy. Cereal would be no exception to this fact. The key thing to remember is that you should purchase cereal brands that don’t have a lot of sugar along with the fruit in them. For example, while a quarter cup of raisins can provide you with 1 ½ grams of fiber along with 6 percent of the iron and magnesium that you need, if you purchase it in the form of Raisin Bran, you are also going to get 19 grams of sugar (per cup). So make sure to take the sugar content into consideration before making your “fruit cereal” purchases.
A big mistake that some people tend to make when it comes to cereal is that they will read how many calories per serving it has without taking milk into account. So, when purchasing cereal, don’t forget to purchase milk that is low in fat as well. Sweet acidophilus or even milk substitutes like almond milk or coconut milk can help to keep the calories in check.