Cereal has been a breakfast staple in our diet for many generations, but not all healthy cereals are created equal. In fact, many of the cereals you find in the grocer marketed as “healthy” are actually worse for you than many snack foods. When sitting down to dine in the early morning hours, you need to focus on nutrition. After all, what you eat in the a.m. will fuel you until lunch time. Breakfast cereals that are high in sugar, fats, and simple carbs will send you to a crashing halt before you even pull into the parking lot at your office building. Follow this guide to 6 cereals you should avoid.
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran
The iconic smiling sunshine pouring two loaded scoops of raisins is actually loading your day with unhealthy amounts of sugar. Although raisins are a source of natural sugars like glucose and fructose, each individual grape is rolled in sugar. This candied-up bowl of bran flakes provides a whopping 17.6 grams of sugar with each cup. That’s more than a Krispy Kreme donut. Even worse it Raisin Bran’s counterpart, Raisin Bran Crunch. This cereal provides you with 20 grams of sugar.
General Mills Chex Multi-Grain
When perusing the cereal isle, Chex often looks like a harmless alternative to cereals with obvious amounts of sugar and fats. These sneaky little woven squares that tote a “hint of sweetness” pack in more sugar that a scoop of Edy’s Ice Cream. Multi-Bran Chex may offer you 24 grams of fiber with each serving, but brings with it 13 grams of sugar in a single cup.
Quaker Oatmeal Express Golden Brown Sugar
If you don’t have time to stand around the stove and wait for old fashioned oats to cook, you may just pack a convenient bowl of Express Oatmeal as you fly out the door. With 18 grams of sugar, you are not better off than if you were to eat a Hostess Cupcake for breakfast. The processing of oats to make them instant also strips away valuable nutrients including fiber.
Quaker Natural Granola, Oats, and Honey
A single cup of this hot breakfast cereal serves you a dose of 7 grams of saturated fat and an unbelievable 30 grams of sugar. Not only is this cereal loaded with brown sugar, but it also contains high amounts of coconut oil. Mixing saturated fats with simple sugars is a sure way to pack on the pounds and increase your risk of diabetes.
Kellogg’s Smart Start Healthy Heart
Never has a name been more betraying. Smart Start is not only loaded down with 17 grams of sugar, more than a Little Debbie’s Honey Bun, it also carries with it 230 calories per serving. Don’t be fooled by the high dose of vitamins. This cereal is bad news. Period.
Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats
An old standard that many of us ate before school as kids, these little bite-sized biscuits offer a good serving of fiber, 5 grams, but also pack in 12 grams of sugar. If any cereal has “frosted” in the title, chances are you will get your fair share of simple sugar.