The Healthiest and Unhealthiest Breakfast Cereals

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You may be surprised to learn that your favorite cereal has more sugar than you think
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Eating breakfast is a great way to start your day but if you're a cereal lover, you'll probably want to learn which ones are the healthiest — and unhealthiest.

If you’re heading down the cereal aisle, there are certain nutrition facts to pay attention to. Some of the most important components of cereal that we need at breakfast time include limited sugar, tons of fiber, healthy ingredients, protein, and a portion size that will contain the right amount of calories needed to maintain a healthy weight.

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For a cereal to be considered healthy, it should have fewer than 10 grams of sugar per serving. Otherwise, it turns into a dessert breakfast. Having too much sugar in the morning will lead you to a sugar crash, and we promise this is not a pleasant experience to have as you walk into work. To keep you satisfied until lunch time, select cereals that have at least three grams of fiber per serving. The same goes for protein; cereals that have more than five grams of protein per serving will keep you full and prevent overeating later in the day.

You may be thinking, “How can I spend time analyzing all of those different factors?” The Daily Meal is making it a little bit easier for you by comparing the sugar, fiber, protein, and fat content of ten popular cereals so that you can select the healthiest (and avoid the unhealthiest) out of the bunch.

Healthy – Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Whole Wheat Biscuits

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Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Whole Wheat Biscuits are a healthy cereal option.


There are only four ingredients are in this delicious cereal, but the taste doesn’t suffer. With six grams of protein and five grams of fiber per serving, the crunchy biscuits are made with whole-grain wheat. You can have 28 biscuits for only 180 calories and nine grams of sugar, which could also double as an on-the-go snack.

Healthy – Kashi GoLean Vanilla Graham Clusters

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A healthy breakfast option is Kashi GoLean Vanilla Graham Crackers.


This cereal is sweet and has a whopping nine grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein for just one cup. This 170-calorie breakfast has nine grams of sugar and is the perfect way to get you through the morning and keep you full until lunch.

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