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Weekly Diet News Digest
by John McGran, Columnist

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Not all breakfast cereals are created equal.

Some claim to be high in whole grains and fiber, to be a good source of vitamins and minerals, and to be good for your heart and cholesterol. Others however just want you to see their "wacky" cartoon characters and "fun" shapes and colors.

The biggest differences can be found in the nutrition information.

The following rankings come from a side-by-side comparison of over 50 of the most popular breakfast cereals from Post, Kellogg's, General Mills and more.

The original research and feature was done by www.acaloriecounter.com. I thought it would make a good eye-opener for you!

The Best Breakfast Cereals

Here are the cereals that came across as being the most healthy. To be considered, they had to contain absolutely no trans fat. Second, they had to contain no saturated fat. Third, they had to contain little to no sugar. Then, fiber content was taken into account.

Protein content and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) were also considered.

* Cheerios (General Mills)
* Shredded Wheat (Post)
* Fiber One (General Mills)
* Grape Nuts (Post)
* Wheaties (General Mills)
* Total (General Mills)
* GOLEAN Cereal (Kashi)
* All-Bran (Kellogg's)
* Wheat Chex (General Mills)


The Worst Breakfast Cereals

Any cereal that contained trans fat was automatically added to this list, as trans fat is easily the most unhealthy ingredient a cereal could have. Every cereal that contained 10 or more grams of sugar per serving (sugar which didn't come from actual fruit) made this list as well.

* Honey Smacks (Kellogg's)
* Corn Pops (Kellogg's)
* Apple Jacks (Kellogg's)
* Franken Berry (General Mills)
* Trix (General Mills)
* Eggo Cereal Maple Syrup (Kellogg's)
* Basic 4 (General Mills)
* Smorz (Kellogg's)
* Oreo O's (Post)
* Froot Loops (Kellogg's)
* Cocoa Puffs (General Mills)
* Count Chocula (General Mills)
* Waffle Crisp (Post)
* Reese's Puffs (General Mills)
* Mini-Swirlz Cinnamon Bun (Kellogg's)
* Frosted Krispies (Kellogg's)
* Cocoa Pebbles (Post)
* Fruity Pebbles (Post)
* Cookie Crisp (General Mills)
* Frosted Flakes (Kellogg's)
* Golden Grahams (General Mills)
* Lucky Charms (General Mills)
* Rice Krispies Treats Cereal (Kellogg's)


NOTE: There were over 50 cereals in this comparison; a good portion of them didn't make the best or worst list. What that means is that none of those cereals fit the description of being either the VERY best, or the VERY worst. This doesn't mean they are healthy, and this doesn't mean they are unhealthy. It just means that they aren't at the very top in either category.

For more information check out http://www.acaloriecounter.com/breakfast-cereal.php

@ 6:32am ET on November 7, 2008 This kind of info is soooo helpful! Thanks! Patty
@ 9:16pm ET on November 10, 2008 Im glad to see my shreaded wheat is on the "good" list

cheryl
@ 4:22pm ET on November 26, 2008 what about special K
@ 1:38pm ET on December 30, 2009 yes can you tell me if special k is good or bad because i eat it everymorning so it is very important for me to know if it is a mistake.
@ 10:45am ET on January 26, 2010 what about raisin bran?
@ 12:13am ET on November 18, 2011 What about HONEY Nut Cheerios, reduced-sugar Frosted Flakes, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch?
@ 9:44am ET on January 30, 2012 I really like the Kashi Go Lean group of cereals. They have consistently high protein, good source of fiber (some both soluble and insoluble), low sugars, minimal fat, and some have 15+ grams of whole grains. Sorry I sound like a commercial for them, but they are really good, and have a great variety for everyone's taste buds! Go Kashi !!!
@ 9:48am ET on January 30, 2012 Best Yet, 72%Value of Fiber
ALL Natural F-FIBER Skinny'n Fruit
Nutrition Facts:
1/2 Cup 35 grams
Calories 70
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat=0 Cholesterol=0 DIETARY FIBER=18G
Sugars=4g Protein=4g
Ron P
@ 10:08am ET on January 30, 2012 My favorite cereal is Frosted Mini-Wheats Original Bite Size and I lost
36 pounds in two years from eating the cereal 5 days a week.
@ 10:29am ET on January 30, 2012 Funny, the good list looks exactly like my cupboard, yet the bad list looks exactly like my boyfriend's... good reason to get him to spend more time at my place than his!
@ 10:39am ET on January 30, 2012 Are you guys SERIOUS...have you read or heard of EXTRUSION that alone tells you that you should not feed cereals not even to mice. The vitamins are synthetic, the oats and rice used are denatured...do yourself a favor DONT FEED THIS TO NO ONE.
@ 3:06am ET on January 31, 2012 It's good advice. In Iran Nestle & Kspecial brands are popular . please consider them & tell us about them.
@ 7:36pm ET on April 5, 2013 Yesssss! Kellogg's is on the Best List! I must say Kellogg's is the best, healthiest and delicious of all! Because of Kellogg's, I lost a lot of weight from 220 lbs. to 146 lbs. in one year time and I paired it with healthy lifestyle!

John Dumaran
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