It’s a great standard way to start your day, but make sure you pick your cereal with care so you can reap all its tremendous health benefits.
Here are some of the fabulous health benefits a good cereal can deliver:
- Reduce cholesterol
- Improve digestion
- Regulate blood sugar
- Fight back heart disease
- Help you lose weight
Ready to go shopping? Here are some handy—and healthy—tips:
Make sure your cereal is whole grain. Whole wheat, spelt, kamut, brown rice, and oatmeal are excellent sources of phytochemicals, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Look for the words “100% whole wheat or whole grain” on the box.
Check the added sugar content. It should be 8g or less per serving. More than that can send your blood sugar and your weight shooting up.
Follow the mantra “shorter is better.” When it comes to the number of ingredients listed on the cereal box, generally, the fewer the better.
Fiber is king. Does your cereal have more than 3g of fiber per serving? Great. Information published on the Harvard Health Blog offers powerful reasons why “cereal fiber” can protect you from major disease and prolong your life.
Put away anything with partially hydrogenated oil (also known as trans fat). Even if the nutrition label says 0g of trans fat, there may be trace amounts of trans fat. Check the ingredients, and make sure partially hydrogenated oil is not listed. Dangerous trans fats not only raise bad cholesterol, but also lower good cholesterol. The result: an increased risk of heart disease.
Fruit & nuts in cereal sound so inviting, but many of them are coated in sugars to enhance the taste. Make it healthier and even more delicious; buy plain cereal and add fresh fruit and nuts to your bowl.
Stick to the original no-frills oatmeal. The original has everything a good cereal should have, without the extra calories and cholesterol-raising culprits.
Have a supercharged morning!