How Healthy is Your Cereal?
Are you running late most morning trying to get the kids off to school? Do your kids tend to have just a bowl of cereal? If the answer is “yes”, here are tips on how to choose a healthy cereal for breakfast.
According to an article at coloradoan.com, “How to Choose a Healthy Cereal”
“Cereal healthy eating tips
- Stick with low calories: Choose cereals that are low in calories per gram. To find this number, divide the number of calories in a serving by the number of grams per serving listed on the nutritional label.
- Watch the sodium: Many cereals are high in sodium; the Institute of Medicine recommends no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.
- Avoid added sugar: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the term “added sugar” is defined as any “sweeteners added to processed and prepared foods.” While many sugars are found naturally in foods such as milk, fruit, vegetables and grains, it’s the sugars added to many of the foods we eat (by food companies) that we have to watch out for. Remember, regardless of the name, whether it’s honey (although there is some research that indicates honey can help with allergies and work as an antibiotic), brown sugar, raw sugar or maple syrup, all added sugar essentially adds calories without significant nutritional value. Molasses may be the one exception, because it is actually a fair source of potassium, calcium and iron.
- When you read a food label, look out for: corn syrup, cane sugar, brown sugar, brown sugar syrup, dextrin, dextrose, dried cane syrup, glucose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, lactose, maltodextrin, maltose, mannitol, molasses, natural sweeteners, polydextrose, raw sugar, sucrose syrup, turbinado sugar, xylitol, organic evaporated cane juice, evaporated cane juice, evaporated cane juice crystals, evaporated cane sugar and maple syrup.” To read the entire article click here.
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