The Rule of Five

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
1-minute read

Quick Tip: Buy Cereal Using the Rule of Five

When shopping for cereal, check the Nutrition Facts label using my Rule of Five as a guide. Ideally, cereal should have less than 5g of sugar and 5g or more of fiber per serving.  The Rule of Five is not set in stone. If a cereal is very low in sugar, it's okay if it's a little lower in fiber. Oatmeal, for example, has only 4 grams of fiber per serving but 0 grams of sugar.  On the other hand, cereals that contain dried fruit may be higher in sugar. Just be sure that most of the sugar is, indeed, coming from fruit and not added sugars. (If sugar or corn syrup is among the first few ingredients in the list, take a pass).

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.