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!
- 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
#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
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
- Have less than 5 grams of sugar
- Have less than 50 grams of sodium
- Have 3 to 10 grams of fiber or more