If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, some major cereal producers sure aren’t making it easy to start your day off right. Far too many not-so-healthy cereals are lurking on supermarket shelves. Nutritionally speaking, most of the least healthful cereals in America have a few features in common, including artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and highly processed and genetically modified ingredients. But which ones are the worst of the worst?
We enlisted the help of Fooducate, an independent food label-based database that gives healthfulness grades to foods. All the ones we recommend avoiding have Fooducate grades that fail (D+ and below). Fortunately, we also found many cereals that get a thumbs-up (B or better). So when it comes time for some cereal, please pour a bowl of these best picks.