What is Lurking in Your Cereal?
Cereal is certainly one of the most popular packaged food items in America, but also one of the most loaded with additional sugar. What a way to start the day! Many cereals tout themselves for being “whole grain” with very little “added sugar” which is extremely misleading. In addition to loading cereal with sugar, manufacturers disguise the sweetener they do use in the form of syrups or other difficult to recognize words which is often times the first or second ingredient on the label.
When choosing a cereal, many of us look at the amount of fat and calories when looking at the nutritional facts, but it is always important (if not more important) to note the amount of sugar per serving on the nutritional information. The amount may surprise you!
Although America as a population is becoming more conscious of added sugar, cereal is still a booming business. Therefore, we encourage you to read your own ingredient labels and become an educated consumer.
We have put together our top five favorite packaged gluten free cereals that we would eat or feed to our kids on a normal basis. Little to no added sugars make these cereals a wholesome way to start the day accompanied by a source of protein and fat such as nuts or seeds and some fruit.
Erewhon Organic Cereals – https://www.erewhonorganic.com/products#cereal
Our favorites are the unsweetened corn flak
es and the Harvest Medley.
Arrowhead Mills – http://www.arrowheadmills.com/product_category/cold-hot-cereals/
They make a line of unsweetened cereals that we enjoy. Hot or cold, it’s always easy to add sweetness in the form of fruit!
One of the more popular and recognizable brands, Nature’s Path caters to many different dietary restrictions. Most of their cereals do contain a significant amount of sugar, but the Fruit Juice Sweetened Corn Flakes are our particular favorite as it is sweetened only with fruit juice.
Barbara’s Classics Cereals – http://barbaras.com/products/barbaras-classics/
These cereals are only sweetened with fruit juice (excluding the one with honey) which makes them better in our book. There are four different options to choose from, Brown Rice Crisps, Corn Flakes, Honest O’s Crunchy Cereal and Honest O’s Honey Nut Cereal.
Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes – http://shop.ancientharvest.com/Ancient-Grains-Hot-Cereal/c/AncientHarvest@HotCereal
If you’re looking for a hot cereal, this this quinoa cereal a great alternative to oatmeal, especially the instant oatmeal that has sugar added. Full of protein and cooks in minutes with absolutely no added sugar.
Stefanie Gates, chef, is a regular contributor to our blog and a culinary advisor for PreviMedica. She enjoys developing recipes and creating cooking videos to share with our readers, as well as working one-on-one with our clients to teach them valuable cooking skills. You can learn more about her here.