Healthy cereal- what are you really paying for?


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 Serving Sugar per Serving % Sugar Source of Sugar
Kashi GOLEAN Crunch 53g 13g 25%  Evaporated Cane Juice, Brown Rice Syrup, Honey
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran 59g 18g 31%  Raisins, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Invert Sugar
Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Crunch 27g 8g 30%  Sugar, Maltodextrin, Dextrose
Quaker Hearty Medley’s Banana Walnut 36g 12g 33%  Sugar, Brown Sugar
Muesli Fusion Athlete Fuel 41g 3g 7%  Raisins
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