Diet Detective Determines 10 Healthiest Cereals

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An investigation by DietDetective.com has ranked 301 cereals by health score from “healthiest” to “unhealthiest.” DietDetective’s survey results also feature lists for the “Most and Least Sugared Cereals,” “Most and Least Sodium Cereals,” and “Most and Least Calorie Cereals.” According to the results, each ranking and cereal health score was determined using 19 health criteria, including calorie count, number of ingredients, vitamin fortification, presence of fiber, and presence of “real food.” DietDetective.com is the official site of Dr. Charles Platkin PhD, JD, MPH, a public health advocate and author of the syndicated column “Diet Detective.” Platkin listed the following as the healthiest cereals.

  1. Nature's Path Organic Millet Puffs   
  2. Barbara's Shredded Wheat
  3. Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits Autumn Wheat (Tied for 3rd place)
  4. Quaker Oats Old Fashioned (Tied for 3rd place)
  5. Nature's Path Oatmeal Gluten Free Selections Homestyle
  6. Kashi  7 Whole Grain Cereals Puffs 
  7. Post Shredded Wheat Original Spoon Size
  8. Nature's Path Qi'a Superfood Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp Original Flavor 
  9. Post Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Wheat'n Bran 
  10. Nature's Path Original Hot Oatmeal

Out of the 301 cereals, five tied in last place and were labeled as the “unhealthiest” cereals. The five cereals were General Mills Monsters Boo Berry, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats, Post Fruity Pebbles, Post Summer Berry Pebbles, and General Mills Chocolate Lucky Charms.

 

Comment below and let us know your favorite type of cereal!

Sources: 

“Cereal Investigation 2014-2015” by Charles Platkin, PhD, DietDetective.com, 2014
http://www.dietdetective.com/weekly-column/cereal-investigation

“About Charles Platkin” DietDetective.com, 2014
http://www.dietdetective.com/about-charles-platkin

Contributor: 

Pamela Bump

Pamela is a recipient of Boston University’s Master of Science in Media Ventures. In addition to developing online content and managing social media for Taste for Life, she’s served as Health Editor/Copy Editor for the Keene Sentinel newspaper, Social Media/Member Engagement Coordinator for Boston Women in Media & Entertainment, and Editorial Assistant for MedTechBoston.com.