TAMPA - Cereal for breakfast is an American tradition. Nine in ten U.S. families kick off their morning with a bowl of cereal.
Dieticians and scientists both say eating breakfast is important to keep you healthy. Research shows having breakfast enhances memory, attention and verbal abilities by stabilizing your glucose levels.
While there are hundreds of cereals for sale in supermarkets, not all are healthy and of those that are, some just do not taste good.
Consumer Reports asked its expert sensory panel to taste healthy cereals to determine which ones taste the best.
First they determined what makes up a healthy cereal.
"When you have fewer ingredients in a cereal, you tend to have less artificial ingredients and more natural ingredients," explains Consumer Reports' Adam Kaplan.
Kaplan says you should look for cereals with at least five grams of fiber; a maximum of three grams of fat; no more than 140 milligrams of sodium; and under eight grams of sugar per serving.
Bob's Red Mill Old Country Style Muesli topped the ratings for the best tasting and healthiest cereal. Consumer Reports says it is loaded with raw oats and fresh-tasting fruits, nuts and seeds.
Another cereal that did with the expert sensory panel was Kind Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax. Panelists enjoyed the cereal's large oat clusters, puffed rice and blueberry-flavored bits.
Surprisingly, a popular mass-produced cereal also made the list. Consumer Reports rates regular Cheerios with its simple toasted oat flavors as tasting "very good."
Here are the thirteen healthy cereals Consumer Reports rated as tasting the best:
- Bob’s Red Mill Old Country Style Muesli
- Kind Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax
- Regular Cheerios and Cheerios Multigrain
- Post Grape-Nuts The Original
- Post Shredded Wheat
- Wheat ’n Bran Spoon Size
- Alpen Muesli No Sugar Added
- Kellogg’s All-Bran Original
- Total Whole Grain
- Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar
- Nature’s Path Organic
- Flax Plus Flakes
- Kix Crispy Corn Puffs
- Post Shredded Wheat Original Spoon Size
This report is based on an article in the October 2014 issue of Consumer Reports magazine. The issue will be on newsstands from September 1 to 28.