Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cheerios: Smart About Diabetes

Did you know that Cheerios is a really good choice for Breakfast or really any time of day if you are watching your cholesterol or trying to help keep your diabetes under control? Since it's February and it's called the Month of Love because of Valentine's Day and it's the Heart Health month, I thought this would be a perfect time to try and cut some unwanted calories and sugar from my diet.
I know that everyone probably already knows that Cheerios can help with getting your heart healthy, but did you know that it can also do this:
  • Contains beta-glucan, which can help to lower cholesterol*
  • Is a 1 Carb Choice product
  • Has just 1 Gram of Sugar
  • Has 100% Whole Grain Oats as the first ingredient
  • *Three grams of soluble fiber daily from whole grain oat foods, like Cheerios cereal, in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Cheerios cereal provides 1 gram per serving.  
    I like eating my Cheerios with Blueberries, which are so very good for you in a number of ways. Plus, I need all the extra fiber that I can get. I have IBS so it's a constant struggle to get the right nutrients when so many of them get flushed out of my system, so I depend on Cheerios and my Blueberries to get me through the rough times. I even eat them for lunch and dinner sometimes if I am having a really difficult day. 
    I grabbed this logo off of SmartAboutDiabetes because it's on the Cheerios box and it's one of many products that you can find on their website that will help you identify which products carry their logo so that you are getting the right products to help you stay healthy with your diabetes. 
    Here is what SmartAboutDiabetes says:
    What is a Carb Choice? Carb Choices are an easy way to count carbs, and are used by many people with type 2 diabetes for food planning.   Carb Choices can help you keep track of the amount of carbohydrates you eat at meals and snacks, so you can stay in better control of your blood glucose levels.  One Carb Choice is based on 15 grams of carbohydrates.  
    You'll find Carb Choices on favorites like Cheerios and some Green Giant vegetables.  Our online recipes include Carb Choices too, to help make food planning easier.   
    A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) can help you determine how many Carb Choices you need each day, and how and where to fit them into your specific plan.
    There are so many foods out there that can help you in your Diabetes care and I hope that you will check out the links that I have provided. I am not a Diabetic so I don't know everything which is why I provided you some great places to get some answers. I can tell you that I do eat Cheerios in the original flavor which is the box above and several other flavors also. I have found that by adding whatever fruit you like and are allowed to have to your bowl of Cheerios sure does make it taste better. Please check with your doctor to make sure which fruits are right for you.

    You can also go to Cheerio's site and get more info on them:

    Cheerios® website -
    Cheerios® Facebook -

    “Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.” Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


    Melissa Marinho said...

    I just love Cheerios. I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes during my last pregnancy, and of course my first thought was, what, no cake during pregnancy?! Haha. It actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I have learned and stuck to a better way of eating. Cheerios became my best food friend. I already love the taste of them, and if I wanted a bit of sweet, I'd add Stevia or fruit like blueberries or bananas. I ate cheerios as a snack, and a midnight snack :) They have been and always will be my favorite cereal. I fed them to my oldest daughter when she was a toddler and am looking forward to giving them to my 5 month old when she gets a little bit older!

    Jennifer Hiles said...

    I have a high risk of getting diabetes. I had no idea that Cheerios would be a good choice breakfast for that. I do like them. I can't believe they are so low in sugar and carbs!