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How to pick a healthy cereal


August 22, 2017

WINK News - Cereal, that old familiar breakfast staple, is less popular than it once was. That's in part because many consumers consider it to be low in protein, high in sugar, and too processed to be healthful, according to the market research firm Mintel. Although that's true of many cereals, plenty are nutritious.

Look for a "100 percent whole-grain" claim on the box, or read the ingredients list to be sure all grains are whole, such as whole wheat or whole-grain oats.

Whole grains are a great source of fiber. Having fiber in the morning means "you're not going to be having a hunger attack midmorning," says Emily Dhurandhar, Ph.D., an assistant professor of kinesiology at Texas Tech University.

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