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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Obesity and Weight Management
I eat cereal because I think that it is healthy. However I note that Cheerios lists sugar as its second largest ingredient, suggeting that cereal maybe be similar to candy and not as nutritional as I thought.
I also eat BerryBurst Cheerios that tastes totally like candy but lists calories equal to regular Cheerios (and both use whole grain).
I`ve tried "health brand cereals" but found that some of them have even higher calorie levels.
My question is: Should one eat cereal for nutrition? Which one?
I think cheerios is a fine choice. They do fortify it with vitamins and minerals and it carries the endorsement of the American Heart Association for helping to lower cholesterol in conjunction with a low-fat diet. This is due to the fiber found in it.
You`re right - some of the cereals listed as "healthy" can be very calorie dense, usually due to the addition of nuts/extra unsaturated fats. Remember, when trying to be healthy and maintain weight, calories count. While I always incourage people to get vitamins/minerals naturally in foods, choosing a low sugar/higher fiber fortified cereal can help one in meeting their needs.
Hope this helps.
Angela Blackstone, RD, LD
Center for Wellness and Prevention
School of Allied Medical Professionals
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University