Archive for June, 2010

Post Raisin Bran – 1 cup = 4.75 teaspoons of sugar

Monday, June 14th, 2010

raisin bran4.75 tpsServing Size:  1 cup

Teaspoons of sugar:  Approximately 4.75 teaspoons (19 grams)


Raisin Bran has more sugar teaspoons than Cocoa Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch; however, I believe Raisin Bran to be the healthier choice.   Not only is the serving size for this cereal larger (1 cup versus 3/4 cup), Post Raisin Bran also provides more grams of fiber (7 grams versus 2 grams for Cocoa Puffs and 1 gram for  Cinnamon Toast Crunch).  Why does the amount of fiber in a consumable matter?   Fiber intake slows down the digestive process which allows a person to feel more full for longer periods of time.  A low fiber sugary cereal can be digested very quickly; therefore, the feeling of hunger comes on much sooner, and this, of course, leads to the potential for one to consume more calories. 

My advice:  if you want a sweet cereal, make sure it contains at least 7 or more grams of fiber per serving (most adults should consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day).

Cocoa Puffs – 3/4 cup – 2.75 teaspoons of sugar

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

cocopuffs2.75 teaspoons



Serving Size:  3/4 cup

Calories/serving:  100 (without milk) or 150 (with 1/2 cup skim milk)

Teaspoons of sugar/serving:  approximately 2.75 (or 11 grams)

*** Today’s cereal manufacturers are improving their brand’s nutritional value.  Although I’m in favor of consuming vitamins and minerals from whole and natural foods; this particular cereal does offer a good source of calcium and vitamin D.  Next week, I’ll post Kellogg’s Raisin Bran cereal which actually contains more teaspoons of sugar; however, it offers more grams of fiber.  I’ll also explain why fiber matters.