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Is eating cereal healthy for my heart?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Different types of cereals can be heart-healthy. Whole grain products are preferred over refined cereals. Some whole grains like oats provide soluble and insoluble fiber, which help reduce levels of cholesterol, cause satiety, and promote a regular digestive system. Be sure to check the nutrition facts label and ingredients list. Compare amounts of sodium and sugar, and choose products with at least 2-5g of soluble fiber.

Dr. Anita Gupta
Anesthesiology
Yes, some cereals contain whole grains, which put you at a lower risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. It is helpful to read the Nutrition Facts label and identify added sugars. The trick is finding a good breakfast cereal that is full of healthful attributes, low in sugar, has no saturated fat and trans fat, and tastes good! Fiber intake is important, so choose cereals that contain at least five grams of soluble fiber.

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