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Multi-Grain Cereals and Crackers

Multi-grain crackers and cereals can be good for you—often delivering a healthy dose of whole grains and fiber while also being low in fat. The plain versions of shredded-wheat cereals have no added sugars, but beyond that you should check the ingredient list. One leading brand of multi-grain cereal has 6 grams of sugar per 1 cup serving (1½ teaspoons)—and sugar is listed as the third ingredient with a second source of sugar further down the list. I suggest sticking with the plain versions of the cereal and adding fruit or just a teaspoon of sugar for sweetness. Multi- and whole-grain crackers can also harbor lots of sugar: two very popular whole-grain crackers contain three sources of sugar that add up to 4 grams of sugar (1 teaspoon) in every serving. Other brands, however, like Triscuits and Kashi Original Whole Grain Crackers, contain only whole-grain wheat, oil and salt.

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