Cereal Smarts

Cereal is quick and can provide many essential nutrients all at once.Here’s how to pick a winning bowl.

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Go with Whole Grain. Look for a “100 percent whole grain” claim on the box,or read the ingredients list to be sure all grains are whole.

Say no to sugars. Some cereals have more than 3 teaspoons of sugar,or 12 grams per serving.”if you’re going to buy a sweetened cereal,choose one with no more than 8 grams of sugars per serving.” says Maxine Siegel, R.D., who heads CR’s food-testing lab.

Pump up the protein. Having protein in the morning may help keep blood sugar steady and aid weight control.Cereals usually have 3 to 6 or more grams per serving.Pour on some milk – cow or say – and add 3 to 4 grams per 1/2 cup.

Watch your portions. It’s easy to go overboard.Check the serving size on the box and measure what you’re pouring in your bowl.

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