by Briana Michel 6 Pack Abs
Making a healthy, wholesome choice in the cereal aisle can be daunting. While cereal will never be my first recommendation for a super start to a day of fat loss, I know some of you may never give up ghost. Here is how to pick a better box.
Read the fine print. Ignore claims on the front of the package. A label may say “low fat”, “natural”, “gluten-free” or “made with whole grains” but won’t mention that the cereal is devoid of fiber or loaded with sugar and chemicals. Turn the box over and read the ingredient panel. Make sure the first ingredient is not sugar or a fancy word for sugar. Look for whole ingredients and not chemical names or enriched flours. Be sure there is no high fructose corn syrup, chemicals, dye or things you cannot pronounce.
Say no to the letters – if you see BHT, TBHQ or EDTA – RUN LIKE THE WIND! Those are chemical preservatives that take drastic toll on your hormones and increase cancer risks.
Crunch the numbers. Next, examine the nutrition facts. Seek out cereals with fewer than 25 grams of total carbohydrates andless than 10 grams sugar, and at least 5 grams of fiber per serving. PAY ATTENTION to serving size and be sure to measure it out.
Forego added fruit. Bypass boxes that contain dried or freeze dried fruit, which is often sweetened or not real fruit at all. Instead, add your own like a handful of berries or diced organic apple.