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The Benefits of
Cereal

Cereal is one of the healthiest breakfast choices you can make. Frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights.

A guide to cereal nutrition and health

Providing nourishment is an important mission. The information that follows provides key insights and facts about cereal, its ingredients and the roles they play in contributing to overall health. Select titles from the list below to read more.

Cereal, weight & health

People who eat cereal regularly tend to have healthier body weights, lower cholesterol and higher nutrient intakes

a serving of cereal with milk costs about 50 cents on average

Studies show that cereal consumption is correlated with health benefits for men, women, kids and people of various ethnicities.

Children and adolescents who eat a ready-to-eat breakfast have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference than those who donít eat cereal at breakfast or who skip breakfast.1, 3, 43, 45, 46

People who eat cereal may benefit from positive health benefits related to satiety, body weight and the risk for chronic disease.1, 3, 7, 43, 45-49

People who eat cereal have lower levels of total blood cholesterol and bad low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) than people who eat cereal less often or not at all.47

Cereal eaten with low-fat fortified milk at breakfast promotes increased intake of calcium, which is associated with healthier body weights.51

Eating cereal regularly may protect against cardiovascular disease risk.32, 45, 52

Adolescents who eat a healthy breakfast also tend to exercise daily. Thereís an association between people who eat cereal for breakfast and people who get higher levels of physical activity.45

Girls who eat cereal are less likely to become overweight as young adults than noncereal eaters.3

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights.43, 44






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