Worst Cereal No. 2: Kellogg’s Smart Start, Original Antioxidants
Sure, you’ll get a bite of whole grains here, but you’ll also get highly processed grain products, including white rice (the main ingredient) and rice flour, which have been stripped of some natural plant-based nutrients. That’s correct — fewer naturally occurring antioxidants instead of more! Much of the antioxidants in this cereal aren’t from real food; they’re added, kind of like sprinkling in a synthetic multivitamin supplement. And you’re in luck if you’re a fan of sugar, because this healthy-sounding cereal contains four different types, including regular sugar, brown sugar syrup, corn syrup and honey. The more “empty calories” sugar in your cereal, the less room there is for real, nutrient-packed ingredients.
This “smart” cereal also contains not-so-smart artificial color (hello, yellow 5) and artificial flavor. Human bodies don’t need fake ingredients! So don’t be fooled by the “health halo” around this cereal: It’s not an ideal vehicle for getting naturally occurring antioxidants. Rather, eating a wholesome plant-based diet is a much smarter start!
Per 1 cup: 190 calories, one gram of total fat (0 grams of saturated fat), 200 milligrams of sodium, 43 grams of total carbohydrate (three grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugars), four grams of protein
Fooducate Grade: D+
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