The most popular "nutri-grain cereal" came from the Kellogg's company, which still sells the cereal in Australia and New Zealand but has discontinued it in the United States. Kellogg's Nutri-Grain is billed as "the Iron-man food," promising to promote health and energy for those who eat the cereal. While the cereal may not make you an Iron-man athlete, it has several nutritional components that carry health benefits.
One serving of Nutri-Grain consists of 30 g of cereal, or 1 metric cup. In this cup of cereal are 6.6 g of protein. The amount of protein you can get from this breakfast rises to 11.2 g once you pour in 1/2 cup of skim milk. Even without the milk, this cereal provides you with 13 percent of your recommended daily intake of protein. This cereal contains 20.8 g of carbohydrates, which is 7 percent of the recommended daily intake for a 2,000-calorie diet. There is only 0.2 g of fat, which is 0.3 percent of the recommended daily intake.
Nutri-Grain cereal contains several vitamins including vitamin C, B-1, B-2, B-3 and B-6. These vitamins all carry health benefits for your body. Vitamins B-1 and B-2 help your body to produce energy and contain benefits for your nerves, heart and muscles. Vitamin B-3, or niacin, also helps you produce energy and helps maintain the health of your nervous system, skin and digestive system. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps your body defend against harmful free radicals you absorb from pollutants in your environment.
Nutri-Grain cereal contains significant amounts of minerals, including potassium, calcium and iron. Potassium is the most abundant mineral in the cereal, with 44 g per serving. Potassium is important in your diet because it helps maintain your heart's electrical activity and helps your body build muscle. Potassium also assists in the regulation of your body's acid-base balance and helps your body synthesize protein from amino acids and carbohydrates you eat.
Nutri-Grain cereal may be harmful to some people because it contains ingredients that set off common allergies. Nutri-Grain cereal is not a gluten-free food, and it contains traces of peanuts and tree nuts. Peanut allergy symptoms can range from minor skin irritations to death, so it goes without saying that you should not take the risk of eating Nutri-Grain cereal with a peanut allergy.