Tips for purchasing whole grain cereal

March 16, 2010 6:48:45 AM PDT
You've probably heard about the benefits of whole grain cereals; eating whole grains is said to lower your body mass and that means you'll carry less fat. But not all whole grain cereals are created equal.

Tuft University researchers concluded that eating three servings of whole grains every day can lower an adults BMI or body mass index. It can mean the difference between a BMI of 25.4 versus 27.3. Good Housekeeping says one of the easiest ways to get whole grains is by eating cereal.

"Whole grains pump up digestive hormones and increase insulin sensitivity, so that you may end up storing less fat," said Toni Hope of Good Housekeeping.

Be sure you grab any cereal, check the label first.

"Don't be fooled by something on the front of the box that might say 'made with whole grains' or 'a good source of whole grains,'" said Hope.

She says whole grains should be the first item on the ingredients list. Your cereal should have no more than 6 grams of sugar.

Good Housekeeping says we should aim to get at least three servings of whole grains each day.