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Healthy breakfast cereals
December 1, 2013, 1:35 pm

With an increased emphasis on eating healthy but without the time to prepare a wholesome breakfast in the morning many people are opting for breakfast cereals. However, there are a few things to keep in mind while choosing the ideal breakfast cereal.

Make the right choice:  Identify a breakfast cereal that has high fiber content, is low in sugar and zero in saturated and trans-fats.

Calorie count: Don’t let marketing strategies cloud your judgment; when every brand claims to be the healthiest, you need to carefully read the nutritional labels on cereal boxes to determine how genuine the claims are.

Sugar: Some breakfast cereals are high in sugar content, especially the ones in chocolate, honey and other fruit flavors. Again, check the nutrition labels to determine the sugar content because sometimes, sugar can creep in under different guises such as Fructose, Maltose, Dextrose, Sucrose, Corn syrup, Maple syrup and others. These types of sugar add to the calorie content of the cereals.

Fiber:  All cereals contain fiber, but differ in the amount of fiber content. For example, oats and bran have more fiber content compared to cornflakes and rice flakes.

Below are a few healthy options when selecting breakfast cereals.

Porridge: Porridges made by boiling ground or chopped cereals such as oats, rice, wheat, barley or corn is the most healthy breakfast idea. It is rich in minerals and has high fiber content that keeps blood sugar under control. Sweeten it with fresh fruits or sprinkle some raisins and almonds.

Cornflakes: Abundant in carbohydrates, iron and Vitamin B complex, cornflakes work very well for school kids and elders too.

Wheat flakes: It is a modification of wheat porridge and is a nice change from run-of-the-mill breakfast cereals. But unless fortified with extra calcium, there is not much use having just wheat flakes for breakfast.

Oatmeal: A bowl of oats in the morning is great for those suffering high cholesterol and diabetes, provided you don’t add extra sugar to it. The high fiber content in oats balances the blood sugar, and relieves people prone to depression.

Muesli: Muesli is a great breakfast choice as it has raisins, almonds and four different grains. The comparatively high sugar content in muesli keeps growing children and those into sports, energetic. It can be served with both milk and yoghurt. You can creatively garnish the muesli and serve it up as a quick evening snack to kids.

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