The Best Cold Cereals

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The Best Cold Cereals
There are many healthy choices for cold cereal available. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Cold cereals don't have a reputation for being 100% healthy, but many cereals on the market make a healthy breakfast or snack when there's not enough time for hot cereal. According to GoodGuide, which tested 520 cold cereals, the ones with the best ratings are organic cereals with virtually no fat or sugar.

Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs

According to the GoodGuide, Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs rates 7.7, with a 10 for health, 7.1 for environment and 5.9 for society. GoodGuide scientifically rates the health, environmental and social performance of products and companies using a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best and 1 being the worst. Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs has 0 sugars and, with a health rating of 10, the cereal has a high nutrition score. The environmental score of 7.1 means compares Kashi to other companies for reducing resource consumption. Having a 5.9 social score also means that Kashi has a good commitment to its local community. The social rating is based on company-level environmental scores used to characterise the performance of the tested products. Out of 520 cereals tested, Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs falls into 44th place. This cereal has only 70 calories in one cup of cereal and only 15 carbohydrates.

Nature's Path Organic Cereals

Of the 520 cold cereals GoodGuide scientifically rates, Nature's Path organic cereals have the highest scores, taking up the first 27 slots in the list. The first three top-rated organics are Nature's Path Organic Corn Puffs, Kamut Puffs Cereal and Millet Puffs Cereal. The three cereals have an overall rating of 9.1 with a health rating of 10, an environment rating of 9.0 and a social rating of 8.3.

Annie's Homegrown Honey Bunnies Cereal

With an overall rating of 8.0 and falling into the 27th place on the GoodGuide list, Annie's Homegrown Honey Bunnies Cereal rates 9.7 for health, 8.2 for environment and 6.1 for social. Annie's Homegrown Honey Bunnies are made with real honey and toasted whole grain oats. They're a good source of vitamins C and D and have no artificial colours or flavours. The cereal, which resembles Cheerios, has no cholesterol, trans fats or saturated fat.

Envirokidz, Koala Crisp Cereal, Cocoa, Organic

Made by Nature's Path, Envirokidz Koala Crisp Cereal comes in at number 34 on the list with an overall rating of 7.8. The health rating is 6.2, the environment rating is 9.0 and the social rating is 8.3. This cereal is gluten-free and is a good alternative to the sugary, starchy cereals most kids like to eat. Koala Crisp Cereal is a rice crisp cereal with organic cocoa powder. Manufacturers flavour it with organic evaporated cane juice, natural chocolate flavour, sea salt, organic molasses and rice bran extract.

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