Cereal: Restaurant Serves Cereal All Day (cont.)

"People veer toward sweet things," says Cathy Nonas, RD. "They're not so familiar with high-fiber cereals." Nonas, who is an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman and author of Outwit Your Weight, tells WebMD sugared cereals tend to have less sugar and fat than other snack foods. "As a snack, they're not terrible. They have nutrients. You get calcium from the milk."

But Nonas cautions against choosing cereals solely based on their ability to satisfy your sweet tooth. "This is a wonderful opportunity to get a whole lot of nutrition and it would be a shame to waste it," she says. "If you use cereal like a desert, it could contain as many calories and as little nutrition as a piece of chocolate cake. If you have a regular sugared cereal and you add a little bran or granola, or fresh or dried fruit, you have a much better opportunity to improve your nutritional picture. And if you have a high-fiber, low-sugar cereal with some fresh or dried fruit, you have something that will probably be your most nutritious meal of the day."

Published Jan. 10, 2005.

SOURCES: David Roth, president and CEO, Cereality. Lisa Kovitz, spokeswoman, Cereality. The American Dietetic Association. Marilyn Tanner, RD, spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association. Cathy Nonas, RD, spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association; and author, Outwit Your Weight: Fat-Proof Your Life With More Than 200 Tips, Tools, & Techniques to Help You Defeat Your Diet Danger Zones.

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