Cold Cereal 101
Cold cereals are one of Americas’ favorites. Here’s your quick shopping reference guide to shopping for cereal
What are Cold Cereals?
Either processed or whole grain kernels, flakes, or manufactured shapes made from oats, barley, rye, wheat, and others; for snacks or breakfast food.
How to Buy:
Shelf-stable boxes or bags, some cereals like granolas can be purchased in bulk.
What to Look for on the Label:
The first ingredient should be a grain. Often sweeteners are added: sugar, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, molasses, or rice syrup; but should not be the first ingredient. Check nutrition panel for fiber and sugar content. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that it takes 3 grams of soluble fiber a day to actually lower cholesterol.
Corn, oat, rye, rice or wheat flakes or particular weaves, shapes, or may be puffed. Nuggets of mixed grains may have added ingredients such as dried fruit and nuts, which add to the calories.
How to Use:
For a meal or as a snack or crushed to replace breadcrumbs in recipes. Add fresh fruit for more fiber or low-fat milk or yogurt for more protein.
How to Store:
Store opened packages in Ziploc type plastic bags or tightly sealed in glass or ceramic containers to insure freshness as grains will absorb moisture in the air. Store in cool, dark area.
Whole grains provide fiber and nutrients. Enriched cereals may include 15-20 vitamins and minerals. For gluten-free diets, opt for corn or rice cereals or those specifically marked gluten free.
Mix half whole grain plain cereals with half sugar sweetened cereals for kids to reduce sugars.
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