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Health Tip: Considering Cereal for Breakfast

Choose a healthier product

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(HealthDay News) -- Cereal can be a fun, quick and easy breakfast choice for children, but it's important to read labels to make sure you're serving up a healthy bowl.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these guidelines:

  • Skip the cartoon-covered boxes geared toward children, as they tend to contain more sugar and less fiber than other types of cereal.
  • Opt for cereal with at least two, and ideally at least five, grams of fiber per serving.
  • Stick to cereals with less than 12 grams of sugar per serving.
  • Add cut-up fresh fruit to cereal for additional sweetness and nutrition.
  • Choose a whole-grain cereal when possible.


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