According to nutrition experts, here’s what you should keep in mind when choosing the right high protein cereal for you:
Pay attention to the source of protein. Just because a label says “high protein” doesn’t mean it’s a good-for-you choice, says Levinson. “Be sure to read the ingredients list to see where the protein is coming from and what other ingredients are in the product.”
Think protein with benefits. Ideally, look for a whole food protein, like nuts, seeds, and whole grains, rather than a highly processed protein, like soy protein isolate, as the primary source of protein for an array of health protective benefits, suggests Newgent.
Keep daily % in mind. Aiming for a total of 15 to 20 grams of protein at breakfast is a good rule of thumb for most adults, says Newgent, but that doesn’t mean you need to get all of that protein in a cereal serving itself.
Check all the nutrition facts. Keep the added sugars low and check the ingredients for sugar alcohols like xylitol and erythritol, says Melissa Prest, DCN, RDN, national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and member of the prevention Medical Review Board. Some people may find that sugar alcohols cause gas, upset stomach, bloating, and diarrhea, she notes.
Taste rules. Above all, make sure you choose a cereal which you truly like the taste of in whichever way you serve it, says Newgent.