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Top 10 Healthiest Cereals [UPDATED]

Before I can begin the countdown of the 10 healthiest cereals, I must first mention one disclaimer. If you are some 50 year old guy looking for the best cereal to lower his cholesterol, please, look elsewhere (I hear Cheerios are pretty good though). This article is for people interested in finding the best cereals for losing weight, being fit and overall living a healthy life. While these cereals may not significantly benefit your cholesterol, they have been specifically chosen as cereals that can be eaten in reasonable amounts without ruining your diet. For more information on what makes a healthy cereal, please read my article Are Breakfast Cereals Healthy?

10. Cheerios

While this great cereal really can lower your cholesterol, it can also benefit your diet. While the serving size is only 1 cup, I find cheerios rather filling and really dont need much more than the serving size. Per serving, Cheerios has 110 calories, 2g of fat and 22g of carbohydrates.

9. Shredded Wheat

This classic cereal has been around so long its practically ancient. While the serving size is only 2 biscuits, they ARE HUGE! So while there are 155 calories, 1g of fat, and 36g of carbs (6g from fiber, which doesn’t really count since it passes through the body), I dare you to try to eat more than 2 or 3 biscuits.

8. GoLean Crunch

Of all the cereals on this list, the common person would probably believe that GoLean Crunch is one of the healthiest, if not the healthiest. With 200 calories, 3g of fat and 36g of carbs (8g from fiber), this cereal is a fairly good option. But with its serving size of only 1 cup, it cannot place any higher, even though 1 cup of this is really a full bowl. *As an extra note, this product contains soy, which has been shown to decrease testosterone levels

7. Kix

With this kids cereal, we start getting to the heavy hitters (aka the cereals with a serving size of 1.25 cups). While you will need the full serving size and maybe a bit more to have a reasonable bowl of cereal, Kix’s 110 calories, 1g of fat and 25g of carbs are all very respectable. Plus it tastes great!

6. Rice Chex

Let me start out by saying that while this cereal is very healthy, it doesn’t really taste that good… But anyways, it is very healthy, with 120 calories, 0g of fat, and 26g of carbs per serving, which is 1.25 cups. As an added bonus, you tend to eat less of foods that don’t taste good, so it might be a good thing for your diet!

Contine on to the next page for the top 5 healthiest cereals!

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  1. Shen / Dec 5 2008

    I like this list and I agree with most of it, but I’m confused– I thought a lot of these cereals serving size was 3/4 a cup! I’m going to have to try Kix though. Looks yummy…!

  2. Seniors Health / Jan 13 2009

    Thanks for this very informative post and I look forward to reading your blog.


  3. Justin / Aug 30 2009

    Generally a very healthful cereal includes protein and fibre without much fat, two components overlooked in this analysis. Kashi and Post both produce cereals that meet this criteria (the GoLean line in particular).

    This is definitely a list of high quality cereals, but I’d disagree with asserting that a few of them are for people trying to be fit or are particularly healthy… let alone top 10. For example, Rice Krispies may not do harm to someone on a diet, but they are empty calories, meaning they do more or less nothing for you.

  4. Cole / Sep 19 2009

    Is Honey Nut Cheerios the same?

  5. admin / Sep 19 2009

    honey nut cheerios are different in that they are loaded with sugar. I know, they taste absolutely fantastic, but they unfortunately aren’t very good for you.

  6. Jon / Sep 26 2009

    I highly recommend Kellog’s Product 19 – 1 cup serving has 100 calories, zero fat, 2g protein. While it has 25g of carbs (incl 4g from sugars), it has 100% daily value of vitamins C & E, B6 and B12, Iron, and Zinc (as well as other nutrients – a few of the cereals on this list come up short in that department). And it doesn’t taste bad, either.

  7. Danielle / May 28 2010

    well the chex is also a great savory snack. Throw some taco seasoning on, or just mix red pepper, chili seasoning, garlic, onion and cumin powers. Just an idea.

  8. Dani / Sep 18 2010

    WOW, I can’t believe you did not consider Kashi Go lean its a low fat source of protein and carbs.

  9. Ben / Sep 19 2010

    Arrowhead Mills produces “Kamut” which is the healthiest cerereal I’ve been able to find with 50 calories per serving, 11 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of protein. Uncle Sam is also healthy as it has Omega-3 Fatty acids, lots of fiber, and 7 grams of protein.

  10. Jonathon / Dec 2 2010

    Dude, you’re crazy. Rice Chex tastes amazing and is the only cereal I can fully enjoy sugarless.

  11. Mike / Dec 3 2010

    What about Honey Bunches Of Oaks? Would they be considered a healthy cereal?

  12. I lovecereal! / Dec 19 2010

    I tried many kinds of Chex, from wheat, rice, corn, cinnamon and honey. And I could say that rice Chex and any rice cereal may be filling for some and not for others. I found that I had to eat at least three 1 cup servings of rice Chex with milk in order to be satisfied (not extremely fully, but enough to stop wanting to eat or think about food.) For wheat Chex, it is quite calorie dense (160 calories per 3/4 cup), and I personally do not eat cereals that has a 3/4 cup serving because those NEVER make me full. Despite wheat Chex being wheat, and tastes like cardboard, I actually have to overeat this one in order to be satisfied also.

    The only cereals I found satisfying and eat the actual one serving has been Shredded Wheat, Multigrain Cheerios, Raisin Bran, FiberOne Honey Clusters, FiberOne Caramel Delight, Kashi GoLean Crunch!, Special K red Berries and regular Cheerios.

    I find 3/4 cup serving cereals like Honey Nut Cheerios, require much more than just a tiny 3/4 cup to satisfy me.

  13. beachbody / Jan 11 2011

    Give Chex a good check for me! And now, they have gluten-free products! I never really liked them at first, but with low calories I can;t help but love them! Sometimes I incorporate them in my glazed almond nut recipe. :) Sugary yet so yummy!

  14. bodybuilding / Feb 22 2011

    While these may be the best choices, I still recommend you limite the amout of cereals you eat because gains are not as healthy as the makers of these food product would have you think.

  15. Jack / Mar 23 2011

    This is a great resource, however you left out a major point in your criteria. You make no mention of the Sodium level of any of these.
    I recently compared a number of cereals for sugar and salt levels. These two surprised me:
    Rice Krispies (my childhood fav)had only 4g of sugar but 190 mg of Sodium another that shocked me was Kellogs Corn Flakes (not frosted) 11g sugar and 200mg of Sodium!
    For those like myself with blood pressure to consider, sodium levels can be of more concern than 1 or 2 grams of sugar which is ‘easier’ (not easy) to burn off.

    Thanks again for the info.

  16. Health Nut / May 14 2011

    I am a male who is trying to stay healthy, fit, and keep exercising daily regardless of weather conditions. I used to have two fried eggs every morning for breakfast, then I changed it to other types of foods, i.e. Eggo waffles, pancakes, a slice of pie or a couple doughnuts and an iced coffee from Dunkies and I mean it was satisfying my morning appetite but that was about all that would be one. Lately, about the last three years, I have set a strict eating diet that I must stick to every single day. I begin my morning by running, 4 miles then once I return to the house I make my own breakfast every single morning, I have a bowl of Special K cereal topped with pineapples, strawberries, bananas, and blueberries, then I have my bagel + cream cheese, and finally I have a piece of flat bread with a little cream cheese all while I drink my homemade iced coffee.
    Here is my question though, I eat Special K, but I’ve read that Cheerios are better for your health, is that true, should I switch over to Cheeerios?

  17. admin / May 14 2011

    I think the cheerios would be slightly better, but honestly I think you would be splitting hairs worrying about that. Instead, if you want to improve that breakfast, I would instead focus on the bagel and cream cheese, neither of which are particularly great for fitness. I think you could justify the bagel because you have just run 4 miles, but the cream cheese is a bit harder to justify if you are trying to eat PERFECTLY. If what you are doing seems to be working, I would just say stick to it, that seems like a reasonable breakfast considering how much you are running. My advice for improving it, however, would be to replace the bagel and cream cheese with a source of lean protein like an egg white omelet or scrambled eggs.

  18. Answer Seeker / Jun 24 2011

    Quick question,
    What about “Multi Grain Cheerios”? I used to eat Cheerios until I saw that new flavor, I switched immediately. They taste great and they are packed with five different grains, in addition to their already healthy cereal.

  19. Alva / Feb 7 2012

    What about Special K cinnamin

  20. Tyler / May 24 2012

    Where would you place raisin bran or raisin bran crunch?

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