Cereal sounds like a light and healthy meal. Grabbing an energy or meal bar sounds quick, easy, and healthy. As a consumer, you need to look beyond the label of “healthy” and actually look at the labels. Most cereals and meal bars say they have lower calories or sodium, or even more vitamins, but most are heavy in salt and sugar. Remember the “Rule of Fives: choose cereals with at least 5 grams of fiber and less than 5 grams of sugar.” Avoid cereals with hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, chemical preservatives, corn syrup, and other forms of artificial sweeteners.
Look for fiber-rich cereals and meal bars and watch out for the sugar! If you need to sweeten up your cereal, try adding fresh or frozen berries for a healthier choice.
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