Lycaon Posted April 23, 2010 Share Posted April 23, 2010 (edited) Saw this and thought I'd share. Feel free to share any you see. WORST ICONIC CEREAL Kellogg’s Raisin Bran (1 cup) 190 calories 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated) 7 g fiber 19 g sugars It'll be hard to find a more sugar-loaded cereal than Raisin Bran. It’s sweeter than even Lucky Charms, Reese’s Puffs, or Cocoa Krispies. Some of that sugar can be attributed to the raisins’ natural blend of fructose and glucose, but the real culprit is the sticky white armor of sucrose that enrobes each piece of fruit. Both Kellogg’s and Post are guilty of this raisin mistreatment, so what should be a legitimately healthy bowl of fruit and grains pours out closer to a candy-coated dessert. Eat This Instead! Kellogg’s All-Bran (1 cup) with a tablespoon of raisins 150 calories 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated) 7 g fiber 13 g sugars WORST CHOCOLATE CEREAL General Mills Chocolate Chex (1 cup) 174 calories 3.5 g fat (0 g saturated) 1 g fiber 11 g sugars First, let’s get this out of the way: Chocolate-flavored cereals should rarely be part of your morning routine. That said, they can make decent desserts. One study published by the American College of Nutrition found that among late-night snackers, those who chose cereal took in fewer calories than those who made other choices, and ultimately they wound up losing nearly half a pound of body fat per week. That doesn’t mean you should switch to an all-cereal diet, just that cereal is a better evening snack than you might think. Of course, not all are created equal, and surprisingly, the worst of them is the one that seems geared toward mature eaters. So the rule is, if you’re going with chocolate cereal, let your inner kid free. Per bowl, Chocolate Chex packs in more calories than Cocoa Puffs, Cocoa Krispies, or Cookie Crisp. Eat This Instead! Cookie Crisp (1 cup) 133 calories 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated) 1.5 g fiber 15 g sugars WORST HIGH-FIBER CEREAL General Mills Chex Multi-Bran (1 cup) 210 calories 2 g fat (0 g saturated) 8 g fiber 13 g sugars Chex might seem harmless, but it’s the only brand that holds down two spots on this list. The slip-up with this box is the heavy load of sugar. (Notice that it’s even sweeter than the chocolate-flavored Chex.) General Mills calls it a “hint of sweetness,” but really it’s on par with some of the most indulgent boxes on the shelf. In fact, one bowl of this cereal has more sugar than a scoop of Edy’s Slow Churned Fudge Tracks Ice Cream. We applaud the fiber, but the sugar won’t cut it. Eat This Instead! Post Shredded Wheat Original Spoon Size (1 cup) 170 calories 1 g fat (0 g saturated) 6 g fiber 0 g sugars WORST VITAMIN-ENHANCED CEREAL Kellogg’s Smart Start Original Antioxidants (1 cup) 190 calories 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated) 3 g fiber 14 g sugars Of all the cereals on this list, this is the best example of inflated marketing. This box is littered with words that attempt to make you think you’re getting a wholesome breakfast, but in reality you’re getting a run-of-the-mill bowl of highly sweetened cereal with a multivitamin tossed in on top. Don’t let the added vitamins persuade you into thinking that the sugar isn’t a problem. It most certainly is. Eat This Instead! Kashi Vive (1 cup) 135 calories 2 g fat (1 g saturated) 10 g fiber 8 g sugars WORST HOT CEREAL Quaker Oatmeal Express Golden Brown Sugar (1 cup) 200 calories 2.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated) 3 g fiber 18 g sugars Sure it’s convenient to have your oatmeal pre-packaged with a serving bowl, but is it really worth the love handles? Because that’s the likely result of eating this much sugar every morning. Sure, there’s a small shot of fiber, but in terms of the sweet stuff, this bowl is worse than eating a Little Debbie Marshmallow Pie for breakfast. Instead, leave an old coffee cup at work, and every morning load it with a packet of Quaker’s High Fiber Cinnamon Swirl. With that swap you’ll earn more belly-filling fiber and eliminate the blood-sugar surge. You’ll never even miss the plastic serving bowl. Eat This Instead! Quaker High Fiber Cinnamon Swirl (1 packet) 160 calories 2 g fat (0.5 g saturated) 10 g fiber 7 g sugars WORST GRANOLA Quaker Natural Granola, Oats, Honey & Raisin (1 cup) 420 calories 12 g fat (7 g saturated) 6 g fiber 30 g sugars You’re in big trouble if your mornings include a bowl of this stuff. One cup eats up 20 percent of your day’s energy needs and saddles you with as much sugar as a Snicker’s bar. That’s indulgent even by dessert standards. The culprit in this box is the combined impact of brown sugar and coconut oil, which together add loads of calories with scarcely any nutrients. What you want to do is switch to a lighter granola like Kashi’s GoLean Crunch!, and then instead of eating it by the bowl, use just a handful as a topping for unsweetened whole grain cereal or oatmeal. Now that’s a recipe for a good breakfast. Eat This Instead! Kashi GoLean Crunch! (1 cup) 200 calories 4.5 g fat (0 g saturated) 8 g fiber 12 g sugars Edited April 23, 2010 by Lycaon Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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