Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Having a good breakfast helps boost your metabolism, gives you energy and is important in preventing a binge until your mid morning snack or lunch. There are so many breakfast cereals these days and you want to be sure you pick one that will be the most beneficial to you. With that in mind next time you visit the cereal aisle consider the following

Make sure you read between the lines. Just because a cereal may be labelled as “low fat”, or “low Sugar” doesn’t mean that it is healthy for you. The product may have extra hidden calories. Often if a product is low in fat they add more sugar to enhance flavour.

Make sure the cereal includes healthy grains. Look for cereals labelled as “whole grains”. Cereals with 7 grams of fibre or more are also recommended. Some cereals to consider are Nature Path, Kashi, or Go Lean. You want to get at least 25-30 grams of fibre per day.

Avoid sugar. When picking a cereal you want to choose one that has no more then 5 grams. Be aware of fruits containing dried fruit, they are often full of sugar. Some of the worst offenders when it comes to sugar are Fruit Loops and Apple Jacks.

Saturated Fat. Your cereal should have no more then 2 grams of saturated fat and definitely no trans fat. The American Heart Association recommends that that no more then 1% of your daily calories should come from trans  fat that means you should take no more then 2 grams of fat in.

Remember breakfast is extremely important in losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight so choose your cereal wisely.