What did YOU have for breakfast this morning?
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and many of us include cereal as part of our breakfast.
With all the food-labeling loopholes, selecting a healthy cereal can be tricky.
According to health and fitness website SparkPeople.com, we should ignore the catchy claims on the front of the box and go straight to the nutrition facts label instead. Here's what to look for:
Remember the "Rule of Fives": Choose cereals with at least 5 grams of fiber per serving, and less than 5 grams of sugar. Also, look for each serving to contain at least 3 grams of protein.
Read the ingredients list. The top ingredients should be "whole wheat," or "wheat bran"-not just "wheat." These whole grains are naturally low in fat, and high in fiber.
And you should avoid cereals that list hydrogenated oils, artificial dyes or colors, and chemical preservatives as ingredients.
SparkPeople.com says these are 10 of the best cold cereals to keep on your pantry shelf:
Post Spoon Size Shredded Wheat
Whole Grain Puffs
Kellogg's Unfrosted Mini Wheat Bites
Uncle Sam Flakes
Fiber One – Original
Nature's Path Synergy 8 Cereal
Kellogg's All-Bran Original
Cascadian Farms Multigrain Squares
And…last but not least…Cheerios!
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.