The cereal aisle is possibly one of the most appealing sections in a store and with rows and rows of beautiful boxes labelled “whole grain” and “all natural”, How do you know which one is actually the healthiest? Much of the mainstream cereal might be a lot closer to candy than a nourishing way to help start your day. 

Experts, through studies, have found that what we eat in the morning should be high in nutrients and low in sugar. If you’re not careful, your cereal could be packed with excessive added sugar content that can contribute to weight gain and health problems including tooth decay and high blood pressure. 

If one of your overall health goals is making nutritious food choices, you want to get in the habit of eyeing nutrition labels on cereal boxes before adding them to your cart.  According to experts, you want to reach for options that pack at least 3 grams each of fibre and protein per serving.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is our top choice of a healthy breakfast. According to a study by Yale  University School of Medicine, oats contain the richest source of dietary soluble fibre, providing cholesterol lowering properties, antioxidants and important vitamins. Oats help maintain lower blood sugar,weight loss and  reduce risk of heart disease.

Make sure you don’t add extra sugar or salt to your oatmeal as this will undo all the good work- instead try adding a banana, chia seeds and, or fresh fruits or fruits of your choice for extra sweetness.

Muesli – with no added sugar

Muesli contains a mixture of grains, dried fruits and nuts. One of the notable benefits of eating muesli is that it is a good source of protein. Experts recommend that we stay away from muelis that are made with excessive amounts of dried fruit and stick to those that contain more nuts and oats to keep sugar to a minimum.

Bran flakes / Corn flakes

Bran flakes are wholegrain cereals that are high in fibre, which makes them great for digestion. It is important to note that both bran and corn flakes will have sugar and salt added to them, so avoid adding any more sugar and opt for fruits and berries for sweetness.

Sugar frosted flakes and Muesli with added sugar

Both options are high in sugar and low in fibre as well as coming with added salt. Sugar frosted flakes are similar to other sweetened cereals like chocolate coated and honey-nut coated cereals. Swapping these for regular bran flakes and corn flakes is a good step towards a healthier breakfast

Granola

Granola looks very tempting but it contains high quantities of fat and sugar and very little fibre. Experts say that it contains enough sugar to rival chocolate cake making it a terrible breakfast choice.

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