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Are Multigrain Cheerios Healthy?

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author image Jinan Banna
Jinan Banna began writing professionally in 2009. She has contributed an article on perceptions of fast food among university students to "JO" magazine in Amman, Jordan. Banna is currently teaching nutrition online through the University of Phoenix. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in nutritional biology from the University of California, Davis and is also a Registered Dietitian.
Are Multigrain Cheerios Healthy?
Whole grains found in breakfast cereal may help you manage your weight. Photo Credit Yulia_Davidovich/iStock/Getty Images

If you make a careful selection, breakfast cereal may be a healthy way to start the day. An ideal breakfast cereal is low in sugar and saturated fat and high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. As a cereal that is low in fat and moderate in fiber, Multigrain Cheerios is a fairly healthy selection.

Fat

Multigrain Cheerios is a low-fat choice, with only 1 g of fat in a 1-cup serving. As it is not high in fat, the number of calories per cup is also moderate, at 110. A high intake of saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, so you should limit your consumption. Look for cereal that is low in total fat and saturated fat. Unsaturated fat has beneficial effects on the heart, but you should still consume it in moderation.

Protein

Many vitamins and minerals are found in large quantities in Multigrain Cheerios. One cup provides 100 percent of the daily value for iron, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B-12. The B vitamins are involved in energy production and vitamin E works as an antioxidant. For those who do not consume animal products, breakfast cereal is an important source of vitamin B-12, as they must obtain it from fortified foods.

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Fiber

Multigrain Cheerios contains a moderate amount of fiber, with 3 g in 1 cup, fulfilling about 12 percent of the daily value, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Like protein, fiber creates a feeling of fullness and delays the emptying of food from the stomach, keeping you satisfied. It is also important for health digestion. Eating something with fiber at breakfast may help you control your snacking; adding a little fruit to your cereal will increase the fiber content even more.

Vitamins and Minerals

Many vitamins and minerals are found in large quantities in Multigrain Cheerios. One cup provides 100 percent of the daily value for iron, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B-12. The B vitamins are involved in energy production and vitamin E works as an antioxidant. For those who do not consume animal products, breakfast cereal is an important source of vitamin B-12, as it must be obtained from fortified foods.

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