Eating enough whole grains and cereal fibers may reduce your risk of early death, a Harvard study shows. Stock up on 10 healthy breakfast brands
The Health Benefit of Cereal
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Good news for cereal eaters: eating enough whole grains and cereal fibers may reduce your risk of early death, mostly due to illnesses like diabetes, cancer, and respiratory disease, reports a new study in BMC Medicine. The ideal number? A woman eating 1,800 calories should aim for about 53 grams of whole grains a day, according to the study.
But don’t start filling your cart with every box on the shelf. The emphasis here is on whole—grains without the word listed in front have been processed and lost most of their disease-fighting nutrients. Plus most varieties are covered in sugar, defeating the purpose of a healthy breakfast.
The 10 cereals we rounded up, though, are not only made from whole grains but have low enough sugar levels to keep your morning bowl a disease-fighting dish.
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General Mills Cheerios
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Not all cereals from your childhood are bad: These o’s are actually from whole grain oats. There is added sugar, but it only weighs in at one gram a bowl. Eat up!
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Kashi Honey Puffs
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Made from whole wheat, rice, oats, barley, rye, and buckwheat, this cereal is packed with almost half of your daily-recommended servings of whole grains.
18 Rabbits Felicitas Granola
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This whole-rolled-oats-based granola is nut-free and sweetened with maple syrup, Bing cherries, and vanilla.
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General Mills Fiber One
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Not only is this cereal made from whole grain wheat, it also offers over half your daily fiber recommendation. Plus, it has zero grams of sugar.
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Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal, Golden Flax
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One of the least processed cereals on this list, this cereal packs a number of whole grains, from sprouted wheat to sprouted lentils. Plus, it has eight grams of protein and no sugar.
Post Grape Nuts
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It may be a classic, but Grape Nuts’ are made from whole grain wheat flour, and a single bowl doesn’t overload you with sugar like most other cereals.
Kellogg Special K Protein
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Not only is Special K a great source of whole grains, but this bowl also boasts 10 grams of protein—without even factoring in the milk.
Nature’s Path Millet Rice
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This array of whole grains (including oats, brown rice, and millet) is sweetened with fruit juice for a little more deliciousness.
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Alpen No Sugar Added
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This muesli is packed with whole wheat and rolled oats, then topped with raisins and nuts for a sweet-and-crunchy healthy finish.
Cascadian Farm Hearty Morning
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With whole grain wheat flakes, granola clusters made from whole grain oats, and crunchy bran, this cereal is a bowl full of fiber and whole grains.
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