Healthy cereal- what are you really paying for?

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What are you eating for breakfast?  Is it healthy?  A healthy cereal should contain real food: whole grains, nuts, and/or dried fruits.  It sounds simple but, when looking at labels, can be quite difficult to find.  Many cereals start with these ingredients but then have many additives like sugar, genetically-modified corn and soy products, and salt.  Sugars and other additives dilute not only prices but the quality of many “healthy” cereals in Supermarkets.


This table shows the sugar in some popular “healthy” cereals.  When considering that 30% of what you are paying for is sugar, not only are they unhealthy, but a poor value.

Recommended ServingSugar per Serving % SugarSource of Sugar
Kashi GOLEAN Crunch53g13g25% Evaporated Cane Juice, Brown Rice Syrup, Honey
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran59g18g31% Raisins, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Invert Sugar
Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Crunch27g8g30% Sugar, Maltodextrin, Dextrose
Quaker Hearty Medley’s Banana Walnut36g12g33% Sugar, Brown Sugar
Muesli Fusion Athlete Fuel41g3g7% Raisins
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