one thing that i like about reading Shape magazine is that there are useful articles about nutrition mixed in with the sections on daunting-looking workouts. while finishing the march issue today, i learned that some kinds of cereal are especially good for both health and weight loss, so i thought i'd pass on the news.
- for women, eating 8 grams of cereal fiber a day reduces the risk of heart disease by a third, compared to those who only get 2 grams per day.
- a study found that "...women who increased their intake of cereal as part of a weight-loss program shed nearly two more pounds over six weeks than those who upped their vegetable consumption instead."
- the best cereals have at least 3 grams of fiber, and no more than 10 grams of sugar, per serving. (btw, since i always put sugar on cereal, i checked the label and found out that one teaspoon of granulated sugar has 15 calories and 4 grams of sugars).
- the best kinds of cereal (as listed in the article) are: barbara's shredded spoonfuls; post grape-nuts; cheerios; post spoon size shredded wheat; kashi go lean; quaker oatmeal squares; kellogg's complete oat bran flakes; wheat chex.