Old-fashioned Cheerios still a healthy cereal pick

GQ

 Old-fashioned Cheerios. With a heaping scoop of fresh fruit.
Not everyone has the time to stir steel-cut oats for 25 minutes before work. But as your mother insisted before she shoved you off to school every morning, you have to eat breakfast. And that doesn't mean pouring a heaping bowl of your favorite neon-colored marshmallow cereal. Have you ever looked at the nutrition facts on a cereal box?

Lucky Charms has 10 grams of sugar. Frosted Mini-Wheats has 11. Post Raisin Bran contains a staggering 20 grams! Even Bear Naked fruit and nut granola—a seemingly healthy choice—clocks in at six, the same as Honey Bunches of Oats. Most cereal, even granola, is a shockingly not-so-great way to start the day. But it's also super-fast and convenient when you're rushing out the door. So we at the GQ Institute For Not Getting Fatter Than We Have To sought professional expertise to ask: What's the least bad cereal out there?

The answer: Old-fashioned Cheerios. With a heaping scoop of fresh fruit.

"A cup of Cheerios is 100 calories and the first ingredient is whole-grain oats," says registered dietitian Kim Kirchherr. A serving from that big yellow box  (which debuted in 1941 as Cheerioats) has only one gram of sugar. It's low in calories—less than half the caloric load of a bowl of Grape Nuts, which weigh in at 210 calories per servingand, as the original name suggests, the primary ingredient is whole-grain oats, which help reduce the risk of type-two diabetes and heart disease. Men need 38 grams of fiber daily, and Kirchherr recommends looking for a cereal with at least three grams per serving, which is exactly what Cheerios offer. You can add even more with fresh fruit.

"Cereal is a vessel for a lot of other good stuff," adds Jim White, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Fruit is a great way to increase fiber. It'll keep you full longer. It can really get men jump-started for the day." And if you're wondering what to pour on top of it, White likes organic skim milk. "It has protein to build muscles, calcium to help support strong bones, electrolytes to help replace after a hard workout, and water to help hydrate the body. It's one of the perfect foods for men."

One thing you'll notice once you start poring over the nutrition labels in the cereal aisle is the miniscule serving size. It's generally one cup, which feels like half of what you feed your dog for breakfast. "Most guys grab a bowl and put as much as they can. They don't realize it could be three to five times the serving," White says. "You have to watch that portion size."

This is where the fruit comes into play. It makes a small bowl of Cheerios—that one measly cup—seem a hell of a lot bigger. Throw in a half-cup of sliced strawberries or bananas, and you won't even think about pouring a second bowl.


More from GQ :

The 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now

31 Style Terms Every Man Needs to Know

The 6 Shoes That Will Last a Lifetime



*Yahoo! Shopping was not compensated by any brands listed within this article.
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Recommended for You

    • Donald Trump reveals who he thinks will run against him for president in 2020 using racial slur

      Donald Trump has said he thinks his 2020 presidential opponent will be liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren, during a speech made to the NRA in Atlanta. The president made the prediction at a speech to the National Rifle Association, referring to the senator by a nickname he gave her last year that some say is racially insensitive. “It may be Pocahontas,” Mr Trump said before noting that Ms Warren isn’t a big fan of the NRA.

      The Independent
    • Black-eyed mugshot of Lancaster County suspect gets national attention, disbelief

      A police mug shot taken in Lancaster County, S.C., is drawing attention across the country for what appears to be a blond woman with black eyes. The mug shot is of 24-year-old Morgan Joyce Varn, who faces charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and property damage in Lancaster County. She remained in the Lancaster County jail Friday without bond. It is the kind of case that typically doesn’t get attention beyond county lines, but the story was being picked up across the nation Friday due to Varn’s striking image: Full head of blond hair, pale forehead covered in tattoos, and the whites of her eyes appearing to be black and reflective like glass. Social media commenters quickly picked up on the photo,

      The Charlotte Observer q
    • Business Insider
    • Man named as Neven Glen Butler arrested for fatal sex attack on California school race track

      An 18-year-old man has been arrested in California in connection with an attack that left an elderly woman dead. Neven Glen Butler, a North Highlands resident, allegedly attacked an 86-year-old woman and a 61-year-old woman as they exercised on a school track early in the morning. According to investigators, the two friends were walking some distance apart when Butler jumped out from a hiding place and attacked the 61-year-old woman.

      International Business Times
    • The Trump administration just signaled it may take the only action that could actually stop North Korea

      Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled on Friday that the Trump administration may have...

      Business Insider
    • Mom Says Stranger Pulled Her Daughter Out of Class, Berated Her

      A Virginia mother is demanding answers from officials at her daughter`s high school after she says a school resource officer helped a complete stranger pull her daughter out of class and confront her about an alleged stolen phone.

      Tribune
    • People
    • ESPN firings have led to ugly media fights

      It’s a strange time in the sports media world after ESPN fired 100 employees on Wednesday. The massive staff chop spawned strong opinions about who did and did not deserve to remain at the network. Most of those predictably have come from your average Twitter troll — “You spilled Starbucks on yourself, Adam Schefter? Well at least you still have a job” — but some of have come from within the industry. Former Sports Illustrated writer Jeff Pearlman used Stephen A. Smith as the face of the problem with ESPN’s layoffs — and the industry as a whole. In an essay, which specifically noted it was not Smith’s “fault” that he is paid exponentially more than anyone who was fired this week, Pearlman decried

      New York Post q
    • Tad Cummins' Wife Says She Warned Her Husband About Getting Too Close to Teen

      Jill Cummins says the girl was like a daughter to her.

      Inside Edition
    • Howard Stern was 100% right about Donald Trump

      Howard Stern predicted this would happen. Donald Trump told Reuters in an interview this week that he misses the days before he was president. "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," he said. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier." 12 days into Trump's presidency, Stern, the radio shock jock and Trump's longtime friend, publicly predicted this moment. During the Feb. 1 broadcast of his show, Stern said he'd told Trump early on that the presidency wouldn't be good for him. "I really was sincere, I said, 'Why would you want to be the president of the United States? You're not going to be beloved, it's going to be a f*cking nightmare in your life,"

      CNN Money q
    • Arrest made in death of elderly California woman out on walk

      NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) — A young man has been arrested in the sexual assault and beating death of an 86-year-old California woman who was attacked as she tried to help a friend during a morning walk, officials said Friday.

      Associated Press
    • Nike, Adidas, Under Armour pass on potential No. 1 pick Lonzo Ball

      LaVar Ball says Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Serena Williams, Michael Jordan and LeBron James should have gone this route

      NBC Sports
    • Florida boy among 5 students hit by car has died

      A Florida sheriff's deputy was sleeping Thursday afternoon when his 11-year-old daughter called and asked him to pick her up at her school bus stop. Seconds later, she started screaming into the phone, "Dad, help me, help me!" Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Jonathan "JJ" Quintana told reporters at a news conference Friday that he assumed the worst as he jumped out of bed and ran barefoot to the bus stop. He found his daughter safe, but immediately saw the carnage left when a suspected drunken driver hit five of her fellow Dundee Ridge Middle Academy students as they were walking home from the stop. Quintana, 30, ran back home for his patrol car, yelled for his wife to toss him his keys and some

      Miami Herald q
    • U.S. says time to act on North Korea, China says not up to Beijing alone

      By Michelle Nichols and Lesley Wroughton UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia rebuked Washington's threat of military force. The showdown in a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on North Korea highlighted the diplomatic challenges of resolving tensions over Pyongyang, with the Trump administration aggressively pressing Beijing to rein in its ally, and China and Russia pushing back against Washington's rhetoric.

      Reuters 47 min ago
    • Man kicked off Delta Air Lines flight for needing to use the bathroom

      Kimi Hamilton was travelling from Atlanta to Milwaukee on a Delta Air Lines plane when he urgently needed to use the toilet as take-off proceedings were underway. In fellow passenger Krista Rosolino's view, Hamilton's removal from the April 18 flight was an outrage and so was everyone else's forced exit from the plane when it returned to the gate in Atlanta. The Delta Air Lines quick-take on this incident is that federal law requires passengers to comply with crew instructions or run the risk of being seen as a security threat.

      International Business Times
    • Emily Maynard Johnson Says She Was Ashamed to Stop Breastfeeding Her Son: 'I Was Hiding Formula'

      "Breastfeeding is really hard," Emily Maynard Johnson admits in this week's issue of PEOPLE

      People
    • Kevin Durant gleefully posing with cupcakes is a new chapter in his beef with Russell Westbrook

      This is the next chapter in the “cupcake” saga between the two former Thunder teammates. It was a phrase known by his teammates — so Westbrook absolutely knew what he was doing when he posted a photo of cupcakes on his Instagram account shortly after Durant announced he would be joining the Warriors.

      SB Nation q
    • Barack Obama’s Net Worth Surges After Leaving the White House, Thanks to Wall Street

      In fact, their years spent serving in the White House are typically their least-paid. "We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt," former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a 2014 interview with Diane Sawyer.

      Newsweek
    • Piers Morgan tears into Kim Kardashian after her interview with Ellen DeGeneres

      Kim Kardashian's emotional interview with Ellen DeGeneres may have melted the heart of her fans but it has had zero effect on Piers Morgan. In a scathing column for the Daily Mail, the talk show host called the social media queen and her family "talentless, publicity-crazed, unctuously self-absorbed, vacuous wastrels". It was probably no secret, and you see it on the show, I was being flashy and I was definitely materialistic before," a weeping Kim told DeGeneres on the show, explaining why she had stopped flashing her flamboyant life on social media and is now concentrating on her family.

      International Business Times