Cold Cereals

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Buying Tips

Cold cereals can be purchased prepackaged or in the bulk section of most health food stores and groceries.


Cold cereals come in flakes, puffs, Os, biscuits, and many other forms. They vary widely in nutritional value, from sugar-coated, brightly colored puffs to 100-percent wheat bran. Whole- and multigrain cereals, unsweetened or lightly sweetened with barley malt syrup or molasses, are generally the most nutritious. Read labels carefully: even so-called “healthy” granola may have 400 calories and more than 16 grams of fat in one serving.

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