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The #1 Best Cereal for Weight Loss, Dietitian Says

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Karen Graham, R.D., C.D.E. of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 14: It's natural to believe that simply avoiding the old-school, sugar-coated, candy-colored cereals popular in decades past is a smart way to steer toward something healthier. But when it comes to healthy cereal, it's easy to be deceived.In my 30 years as a dietitian, virtually all of my clients have been hoodwinked into thinking that seeking out a cereal package with phrases like "Multi-grain," "With real fruit!" or "Low sugar" means they're choosing a weight loss-friendly cereal. However, when I put cold cereal nutrition facts in perspective for them, it's often an a-ha moment.If you're like many of the people I've worked with, cereal can be super confusing because when it's high in healthy content (like fiber or protein), it's often also high in something less healthy, like sugar. So there's rarely a strict good or bad choice.To make it easier for you to navigate the cereal aisle, especially if you're interested in trimming down, I've analyzed nutrition information from major cereal brands that are marketed to be the healthiest. If your goal is weight loss—or even if you want to keep your sugar consumption in check—you'll probably find this scoop on popular boxes enlightening.Keep reading for the truth about popular "healthy" cereals and what they're really doing for your weight-loss goals. And, for more food insight likely to make you think, read The #1 Worst Drink for Your Liver, New Study Says.

The #1 Best Cereal for Weight Loss, Dietitian Says

It's natural to believe that simply avoiding the old-school, sugar-coated, candy-colored cereals popular in decades past is a smart way to steer toward something healthier. But when it comes to healthy cereal, it's easy to be deceived.

In my 30 years as a dietitian, virtually all of my clients have been hoodwinked into thinking that seeking out a cereal package with phrases like "Multi-grain," "With real fruit!" or "Low sugar" means they're choosing a weight loss-friendly cereal. However, when I put cold cereal nutrition facts in perspective for them, it's often an a-ha moment.

If you're like many of the people I've worked with, cereal can be super confusing because when it's high in healthy content (like fiber or protein), it's often also high in something less healthy, like sugar. So there's rarely a strict good or bad choice.

To make it easier for you to navigate the cereal aisle, especially if you're interested in trimming down, I've analyzed nutrition information from major cereal brands that are marketed to be the healthiest. If your goal is weight loss—or even if you want to keep your sugar consumption in check—you'll probably find this scoop on popular boxes enlightening.

Keep reading for the truth about popular "healthy" cereals and what they're really doing for your weight-loss goals. And, for more food insight likely to make you think, read The #1 Worst Drink for Your Liver, New Study Says.

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