When Reader’s Digest asked leading nutrition experts for their favorite healthy cereals, they didn’t mince words.
“Ninety-eight percent of available cereals are junk, so it’s actually pretty easy to pick a healthy one,” says Tamara Duker Freuman, MS, RD, a New York City–based dietitian who works in a gastroenterology practice. High sugar content disqualifies most brands, she says. Even many whole-grain cereals with healthy-sounding names may be lower in fiber or higher in sugar than you’d think; you really have to look at labels and ingredients. To save you time, we rounded up the top picks.