Breakfast Cereal and Dietary Fiber

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One of the easiest ways to add (cholesterol-lowering) dietary fiber to your diet is at breakfast. Many think Cheerios is a heart-healthy cereal, and in some ways it is. But there are many more fiber-rich cereals than Cheerios. Back in 2013 I wrote a post, The Cheerios Myth, about how much cereal you’d have to eat to get a decent amount of dietary fiber (spoiler alert – A LOT).

Which is why I have a glass of Metamucil and eat Oatmeal for breakfast every day (if I do nothing else heart-healthy, at least I get a good start at breakfast!)

But a reader recently reached out to let me know the link comparing breakfast cereals in that Cheerios Myth post no longer worked (thank you, Gayle!) So I did some research to update the post.  Sadly, the original post is no longer available BUT I did find a really useful post on a new-to-me site called A Calorie Counter.

Breakfast Cereal Compared: Cereals from Post, Kellogg’s & General Mills includes a chart that is sortable by column. It’s easy to discover which cereals deliver the most dietary fiber—just click the carat (triangle) in the FIBER column to sort in ascending/descending order. As some folks probably don’t enjoy oatmeal—or like a little breakfast variety—I thought this chart comparing fiber (and other nutrients) in breakfast cereals might be useful.

Turns out, there are ELEVEN cereals that deliver more dietary fiber than Cheerios. Here is a snapshot of the top 5 cereals in dietary fiber:

















How does your breakfast game stack up? If you’re not starting your day in a heart-healthy way, maybe one of the high-fiber cereals from this list would be an easy thing to try.


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