You don’t want to romp through the morning filled with Honey Bunches of Junk, or Cocoa Fluffs. There are more than 400 ready-to-eat cereals on grocery shelves, most of which try to trick you into thinking a chocolate-covered, overly sweet cereal is actually good for you. Don’t be fooled by brands that say “Made with whole grain” or “a good source of whole grain.” Instead, flip the box over and check out the nutritional panel. A rule of thumb is that the higher the sugar, the lower the fiber. Remember the number “5.” You want cereals with:
1) no more than 5 grams of sugar and
2) 5 or more grams of fiber.
The less processed, the more filling a cereal will be and the longer it will “stick with you” through the morning. That’s because it takes the body longer to breakdown the fibrous, unprocessed grains, so your GI tract stays busy digesting and not thinking about the next meal. Skip the “with whole grains” on the front label – even Cocoa Puffs is made with whole grains – and go to the ingredient list on the back. You want a cereal made from 100% whole grains, no “wheat flour.” But, you also want a cereal that tastes great. Here are a few that meet that criteria: