10 of the Healthiest Cereals in America

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- There are few better ways to start the day than with a big bowl of cereal and milk. While it might be tempting to go for the sugary cereal in the colorful box, the healthier options are much better for the body in the long term.

There are plenty of high-fiber, low-sugar options out there, and some of them are actually pretty tasty. But is your favorite cereal among the healthiest options? Does your cereal of choice satisfy your hunger and help promote your well-being?

Men's Journal compiled a list of the 30 healthiest cereals based on the amount of fiber, protein and sugar per serving. We highlighted the 10 best selections on the list to determine the cream of the crop. Each of these entries is based on a one-cup serving.

So without further ado, let's see which cereals made the cut:

Arrowhead Mills Shredded Wheat

Protein: 6g

Fiber: 6g

Sugar: 2g

Calories: 190

You're likely more familiar with the Post variety of Shredded Wheat, but Arrowhead Mills' version takes a spot on the list because of its high fiber, high protein and low sugar. Plus, this shredded wheat contains nothing more than organic whole wheat and Vitamin E.

Three Sisters Naked Wheat

Protein: 6g

Fiber: 7g

Sugar: 0g

Calories: 200

Three Sisters Naked Wheat is a wheat-biscuit cereal that literally contains nothing but whole wheat. The product comes in a clear bag, a departure from the usual cardboard box in which most cereals come.

Fiber One

Protein: 4g

Fiber: 28g

Sugar: 0g

Calories: 120

Fiber One has a reputation as the cereal of the elderly, but it's hard to beat when it comes to healthy choices. It has no sugar, only 120 calories and an astounding 28 grams of fiber per serving. Plus, you can mix it with other cereals to get some extra fiber.

Cheerios

Protein: 3g

Fiber: 3g

Sugar: 1g

Calories: 100

This classic cereal has spawned numerous flavor varieties, including Apple Cinnamon, Honey Nut and Frosted. But the original remains the healthiest, with only 100 calories and almost no sugar.

Weetabix

Protein: 4g

Fiber: 4g

Sugar: 2g

Calories: 130

Weetabix actually comes from the U.K., but we're not opposed to including healthy options from our British friends. This cereal comes in large, circular cakes rather than small grains or flakes. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, then Weetabix is the way to go.

Barbara's Shredded Wheat

Protein: 4g

Fiber: 5g

Sugar: 0g

Calories: 140

Another shredded wheat entry on this list, Barbara's version boasts 100% whole wheat as its only ingredient. You could add some fruit or sweetener to liven up this cereal, but beware of increasing the sugar count if you do.

Nature's Path Heritage Bites

Protein: 4g

Fiber: 7g

Sugar: 4g

Calories: 140

This cereal is made from whole wheat and the wheat grain Kamut. The sugar count is slightly high, but the fiber makes up for it.

Quaker Oatmeal Square Cinnamon

Protein: 6g

Fiber: 5g

Sugar: 2g

Calories: 210

If you're looking for a flavorful option that won't harm your body, then look no further than this offering from Quaker Oats. Each square fluff is loaded with cinnamon flavor, but the cereal still contains just two grams of sugar per serving.

Shredded Wheat Original

Protein: 6g

Fiber: 6g

Sugar: 0g

Calories: 170

Probably the most commonly known shredded wheat variety, Post's version is also probably the easiest to find at your local supermarket. Like many other cereals on this list, Post Shredded Wheat contains whole-grain wheat as its only ingredient.

Uncle Sam Original Cereal

Protein: 9g

Fiber: 11g

Sugar: 1g

Calories: 240

Uncle Sam wants YOU to eat this cereal. It boasts an impressive 11 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein per cup and contains almost no sugar. The cereal is made from four non-genetically modified ingredients, starting with toasted whole red winter wheat berries. The flaxseed provides the healthy omega-3 fatty acid ALA, while barley malt and salt bring out the natural flavors in the grain.

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