Oct 27, 2009

Food Facts: Cereal

Breakfast is an important meal, but when you grab that box of cereal do you really know what you are eating?

Cereal is a commonly consumed food item, however, did you know that most cereal contain sugar, salt, flour (usually white or wheat), corn starch, and artificial ingredients. So, before you trust Tony the Tiger with your dietary advice and that of your children, you better think twice! In fact, take a look at some of the cereal you may have in your cupboard, and just count then number of ingredients–if there contain more than five then it is probably not a good choice! There are a few exceptions like cereal found at Food For Life. Read more at the end of this blog!

Diva Reduction Safe Cereal List
Here is a list of cereals (hot and cold) MY DIVA DIET endorses...they:
  • Are all gluten-free.
  • Have no trans fats, saturated fat, or cholesterol.
  • Are very low in or have no preservatives or additives.
  • Contain less than 2 grams of sugar.
  • Are very low in or have no sodium at all.
  • Are made from the whole grain–most are not from processed grains.
  • Are not made from white or wheat flour.
  • Are not made from any flour at all.

#1 -- Arrowhead Mills Organic Steel Cut Oats - Organic, Wheat-Free, Vegetarian -- ¼ cup = 160 calories; 6 g protein; 27 g carbs; 3 g fat; 8 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 0 g sugar

#2 -- Old Fashioned Quaker Oats - 100% Natural -- ½ cup dry = 150 calories; 5 g protein; 27 g carbs; 3 g fat; 4 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 1 g sugar

#3-- Ancient Harvest Quinoa - Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Organic -- ¼ cup dry = 166 calories;
5 g protein; 30 g carbs; 3 g fat; 3 g fiber; 5 mg sodium; 1 g sugar

#4-- Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes - Organic, Gluten Free Kosher -- .33 cup = 134 calories; 4 g protein; 23 g carbs; 0 g fat; 2.6 g fiber; 4 mg sodium; 1 g sugar

#5-- Lundberg Cream of Rice Cereal - Gluten Free, Organic, Vegan -- ¼ cup dry = ½ cup cooked = 150 calories; 3 g protein; 32 g carbs; 1.5 g fat; 3 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 0 g sugar

#6-- Pocono Cream of Buckwheat - Wheat & Gluten Free, Organic -- .25 cup = 140 calories; 2 g protein; 36 g carbs; 0 g fat; 1 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 0 g sugar

#7 -- Nu-World Foods Amaranth Berry Delicious Gluten Free, Milk-Free, Corn-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Kosher, Organic -- 1 cup = 86 calories; 4 g protein; 18 g carbs; 1 g fat; 3 g fiber; 3 mg sodium; 1 g sugar

#8 -- Erewhon Organic Crispy Brown Rice – Gluten-Free, Organic, Kosher -- 1 cup = 110 calories; 2 g protein; 25 g carbs; 0.5 g fat; 0 g fiber; 160 mg sodium; 2 g sugar

Paw Guide for Choosing Healthy Cereals
It is always best to choose cereals that:
  • Have 5 ingredients or less
  • Contain no trans fats, cholesterol, or saturated fats
  • Contain no preservatives or additives
  • Contain no white flour
  • Are gluten-free (with some exceptions like oats and rye)
  • Are made from the whole grain
One serving size should:
  • Have less than 5 grams of sugar
  • Have less than 50 grams of sodium
  • Have 3 to 10 grams of fiber or more

You can find some great cereal that is not gluten free at Food For Life, and is great for when you are on a Maintenance Plan and are not gluten intolerant (celiac disease)! Their cereals contain no flour, no refined sugar, no preservatives, no fat or shortening, no cholesterol, and no artificial colors or flavors. Ezekiel 4:9® Sprouted Whole Grain Cereals are made from freshly sprouted certified organically grown whole grains and legumes. This natural combination provides unequalled nutrition as a complete protein.

Food for Life products are made with filtered water and are kosher-certified. Their products are made with whole grains, sprouted grains, and they are low glycemic, high in fiber, and they do offer gluten-, wheat-, and yeast-free foods. They include cereal, breads, tortillas, and more! The best part is you will find food items based on scripture, Genesis 1:29 and Ezekiel 4:9! And they are in your local supermarket!

To learn more about gluten free, you can read my blog, Gluten Free: How it Can Help You Lose Weight. And check out our book MY DIVA DIET: A Woman's Last Diet Book for more on losing fat and gaining health––for life.

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