Posted by: Emily | November 17, 2009

A Healthy Alternative to Mainstream Cereal–Puffed Grains!

Even as more and more emphasis is placed on eating healthy, going green, and living well in the United States, more and more Americans are overweight or unhappy with that extra muffin top bulging over their jeans.  One of the main reasons for this excess is the abundance of processed foods in the marketplace.  While not every processed food is bad for you, many processed foods are made with extra trans or saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.  These ingredients are used to enhance taste or preserve food.  Here’s a link for more on processed foods.

Ok, so you’ve heard enough about the bad foods you shouldn’t be eating.  I don’t blame you.  So what should Americans be eating more of?  One thing we can do to improve our diet is eat more whole grains.  Recently, there has been a trend among popular cereal manufacturers like General Mills, Post, and Kellogg’s to advertise a healthful

Cereal Low in Sugar Content With Real Fruit

lifestyle by eating their whole grain cereal.  While this may be a step in the right direction, popular cereals still remain processed with tons of extra refined sugar.  For example, compare the sugar count per serving for these cereals that are advertised as healthy compared to some common ‘sugar cereals.’

Advertised As ‘Healthy’ Cereals:

Kellogg’s Smart Start Healthy Heart: 17 grams sugar

Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch: 20 grams sugar

Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries: 10 grams sugar

General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios: 9 grams sugar

Commonly Known ‘Sugar’ Cereals:

Kellogg’s Apple Jacks: 15 grams sugar

General Mills Lucky Charms: 11 grams sugar

Post Cocoa Pebbles: 11 grams sugar

However, if you are a cereal junkie like me, all hope is not lost.  One good way to eat healthy cereal is by picking a cereal low in sugar and added fat and adding fresh fruit.  Fruit in its raw form is high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins your body needs, and natural sugar, which tastes great!  Even better than that is to pick a natural cereal that is simply whole grains.  To pick a cereal like this, just look at the ingredients.  There should be only one ingredient listed–the whole grain you are eating.  Personally, I have a passion for puffed grains, especially puffed kamut.

For some fun cereal cover designs, check this out.  My favorite post of the Cereal Killers blog is “Capsized Crunch.”



  1. I’m a cereal Junkie too, so this is actually pretty enlightening. I’ll have to check out this Kamut stuff, though I don’t know if it’ll replace my love for Honey Bunches of Oats.

  2. i miss cereal. the general population here in Malaysia don’t really eat cereal for breakfast. we eat foods high in fat and calories for breakfast. i guess that explains the rate of increase in diabetes here.

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