Healthy cereal: The best and worst cereals for your diet revealed

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  • Choosing a healthy cereal for you and your family isn't easy with all of sugary options available out there. We take a look at the best and worst cereals, looking at their sugar, fat and fibre content to help you make a healthy choice.

    Everyone knows that a healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and a healthy cereal is the best way to ensure you and your family are getting a good nutritional start.

    Every family has a cupboard full of different breakfast cereals, but while many of these claim to be a ‘healthy’ option, some ‘healthy cereals’ are actually hiding heaps of sugar and salt that could be ruining your diet and might not be a great choice for your kids!

    Cereal always seems to be in the headlines nowadays, and there’s debate over whether it’s still the nutritious breakfast we once thought. However, there are some very healthy cereal options on the market – it can just feel overwhelming to find these healthy cereals when you’re standing, strapped for time, in the supermarket aisle!

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    That’s why we’ve pulled together the not-so-healthy cereals along with the healthiest cereals, so you can make the best choice for your family. Is Weetabix good for you? Are Frosties as sugary as they seem? All will be revealed in our healthy cereals guide!

    We’ve rounded up some of the best and worst cereals from various stores and brands and given each one a rating out of 10, 1 being a less healthy cereal and 10 a very healthy cereal. Want to know how your favourite compares? Simply read on to find out the healthiest.

    You might find yourself surprised at the results…

    To make our findings fair we have analysed the cereals from 100g portions and haven’t included milk.

    An average cereal portion for an adult is 30g and about 20g for younger children.

    A 100ml serving of milk has the following nutritional content:

    Whole milk:
    Calories: 66.9
    Carbohydrate: 4.7g
    Protein: 3.3g
    Fat: 3.9g

    Semi-skimmed milk:
    Calories: 50
    Carbohydrate: 4.8g
    Protein: 3.6g
    Fat: 1.8g

    Skimmed milk:
    Calories: 34
    Carbohydrate: 5g
    Protein: 3.4g
    Fat: 0.1g

    What’s your family’s favourite healthy cereal from our round up? And are you surprised at any of the results? Let us know in the comment box below.

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