I have type 2. Is Cream of Wheat a good breakfast choice?
Cream of Wheat is a grain-based food, usually made using farina which is a fine meal or flour. Usually the bran and most of the germ is removed to make farina, so it is not considered a whole grain.
We recommend choosing whole grain foods over processed refined grains whenever possible. Some other ideas are oatmeal (old-fashioned, quick, and steel cut oats are all whole grain) or cold cereals that have a whole grain listed as the first ingredient and are low in added sugars. Cream of wheat also offers their Healthy Grain variety now, which includes all parts of the grain.
Here are some guidelines for what to look for when you are navigating the cereal aisle:
- Refrain from buying cereals with ingredients like chocolate, frosting, marshmallows, honey, and other ingredients that add extra calories, carbohydrates, and fat. The cereals lowest in added sugars will usually be the “original” versions of a cereal, like plain oatmeal or original Total, Wheaties, or Cheerios.
- Unless the cereal you buy has fruit in it, (which will add natural sugars) look for those that are lower in sugar – around 5 grams or less per serving).
- Look at the nutrition facts label. Make sure a whole grain or wheat bran is listed as the first ingredient.
- Also, check the nutrition label for the grams of dietary fiber. Look for whole grain or bran cereals that have 2.5 or more grams of fiber per serving. If you can find a cereal with 5 or more grams per serving, that is considered an excellent source of fiber and is probably a good choice!
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