Most of the cereal makers plan to increase the base cost of cereal. The reason for the price hike is the increased cost of grain. Reportedly, General Mills plans to increase price per ounce, but they will make the boxes smaller so you don’t notice the increase in cost… Make no mistake… you will pay more for less! The Today Show reported on July 7 ”$4 for a box of cereal is only the beginning… the cost of dairy (e.g. milk for that cereal) is also expected to rise”.
According to the USDA, nearly 30% of consumers choose cereal for breakfast whereas only 15% have fruit. Some cereals are nutritious, but many are chocked full of refined carbohydrates (sugar and white flour). Americans get too much refined carbohydrate in their diet and cereal can be one of the culprits. How does your cereal measure up? There’s no real rule to follow, but I have some recommendations. I try to get cereal low in calories (120 or less per serving), low in sugar (less than 6g – I go for as low as possible usually 2-3g. The cereal will be sweeter with the cereal in milk. I also add 1/2 fresh banana or a 1/2 cup sliced strawberries or blueberries), and higher in fiber (Americans don’t get the fiber they need – 25g per day – so I try to get a head start with my cereal. I usually look for at least 5g of fiber per serving. Some cereals have up to 15g per serving).