Trade-Up Tuesday: Shredded Wheat

The cereal aisle is often times one of the most daunting aisles for both parents and those of us still children at heart. Unfortunately, there are so many choices that it’s easy to get sucked into the magical world of cartoon characters and prize-in-the-box promotions. However, many of the cereals that appeal to us do so by their sugar content and deceiving health claims. Today’s trade-up features two different varieties of Post Brand’s Shredded Wheat cereals. While the word wheat is enough to win over any health junkie, all wheat was not created equally. By trading up to  Shredded Wheat: Wheat ‘n Bran in place of Shredded Wheat: Honey Nut, not only can you increase your NuVal score (from 29 to 91!), but you can also improve your calories, fat, fiber and sugar with a larger serving size. 

Post Shredded Wheat: Wheat ‘n Bran (NuVal: 91) 
Serving Size: 1 ¼ cup (59 g) 
Calories: 200
Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 0 mg
Carbohydrates: 48 g
Fiber: 9 g
Sugar: 0 g
Protein: 6 g
Ingredients: Whole grain wheat and wheat bran. To preserve the natural wheat flavor, BHT is added to the packaging material.

Post Shredded Wheat: Honey Nut (NuVal: 29) 
Serving Size: 1 cup (59 g) 
Calories: 220
Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 60 mg
Carbohydrate: 49 g
Fiber: 6 g
Sugar: 12 g
Protein: 5 g
Ingredients: Whole grain wheat, sugar, honey, high oleic vegetable oil (canola or sunflower oil), molasses, almonds, partially defatted wheat germ, salt, BHT to preserve product freshness.

We tend to migrate towards these sweeter cereals, so if you’re looking for a way to sweeten your cereal, try adding some chopped banana, other fruits, or even a sugar substitute to satisfy your taste buds! 

Thanks to Katie Dodd, Texas Tech University Dietetic Intern, for today's blog post.

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