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Are Frosted Mini-Wheats 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 Frosted Mini-Wheats Healthy?
Close-up of frosted mini-wheats. Photo Credit Eugene Tochilin/iStock/Getty Images

Breakfast should give you an energy boost and keep you full until lunchtime, so the ideal breakfast meal is high in fiber and protein and low in added sugar. While Frosted Mini-Wheats are relatively high in protein and fiber, they also contain a good deal of sugar, which contributes to their caloric content.

Fat

Frosted Mini-Wheats are low in fat, with only 1 g per 24 biscuits, fulfilling 2 percent of the daily value based on a 2000-calorie diet. This cereal is free of unwanted saturated fat that increases risk of heart disease. If you are watching your weight, it is a good idea to monitor your fat intake, as fat contains more calories per gram than protein or carbohydrates.

Protein

Protein is an essential component of a morning meal, as it provides a sense of satisfaction and staves off hunger in the following hours. Frosted Mini-Wheats contain 6 g of protein in 24 biscuits. This is about 11 percent of the protein amount a 150-lb. person needs during the day. Adding 1 cup of low-fat milk to your cereal will add a few more grams of protein to your meal.

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Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are a quick source of energy for the body, and Frosted Mini-Wheats are a high source. A serving of 24 biscuits contains 48 g of total carbohydrates, or 16 percent of the daily value. Contributing to the carbohydrates are 12 g of sugar, which should be limited in your diet, as sugar is a source of "empty" calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One serving also contains a high amount of fiber, at 6 g.

Vitamins and Minerals

Frosted Mini-Wheats have been fortified with a variety of vitamins and minerals. A serving contains 90 percent of the daily value for iron, 30 percent for thiamin and 25 percent each for niacin, vitamin B-6 and folate. The B vitamins are important in energy production, while iron is involved in oxygen transport. Frosted Mini-Wheats are free of sodium.

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