How to choose your kid’s cereal

Make sure his cereal is high in fiber and low in sugar.

Don’t be misled by claims on breakfast cereals like “whole wheat,” “organic” and “supports your child’s immunity.” A recent Yale University study found that parents rated cereals with these kinds of labels as being healthier than others — but many actually scored below average on a nutrition scale. Instead of going by front-of-package promises, check the Nutrition Facts Panel for these details:

High fiber
Choose a box that has at least 3g per serving to help keep your child full throughout the morning.

Whole grain
Many cereals contain some whole grains, but for the healthiest option, pick one that lists a whole grain, such as whole wheat or whole oats, as the first ingredient.

Low sugar
Aim for less than 10g per serving. If your kid’s favorite has too much, mix it with a low-sugar variety.

Fortified
If your child doesn’t take a multivitamin, his cereal can be a key source of nutrients such as iron and calcium.


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