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Cereals. We all love a good bowl of cereal first thing in the morning. But how about if you are watching your sugar intake? I mean, cereals aren’t exactly known as being one of the lowest sugar foods out there. So, what are some of the lowest sugar cereals out there? And by low sugar I mean 0g-4g of total sugar per dry serving! Well, I am very well placed to answer this question as I have researched the sugar content of hundreds of cereal brands and have managed to put together this list summarizing some of the best sugar free and lower sugar cereals out there. Now, I wanted to include both well known cereals that are available in most grocery stores, some kid friendly cereals, as well as intentionally sugar free cereal brands that use sweeteners. I have put this list together in descending order of sugar content so make sure to read right to the end to find out about cereals that contain 0g of sugar per dry serving. So, let’s dig in – what are 17 of the lowest sugar cereals out there?
17 of The Lowest Sugar Cereals – 0 to 4g of Sugar Per Serving!
As a general rule, some lower sugar well known cereals include original Rice Krispies, Special K, Corn Flakes, Cheerios, Rice Chex, Shredded Wheat and Kix. There are also sugar free cereal brands such as Catlina Crunch, Three Wishes, Schoolyard Snacks and Wonderworks cereals that sweeten their cereals with sweeteners rather than sugar.
Also, before we dig in, if you want to find out about sugar free milks to pair with these lower sugar cereals then make sure to check out the following post I wrote here.
1. Rice Krispies – 4g of Total Sugar
Ok first up on this list is a low sugar kids cereal. Yes, I repeat, a low sugar kids cereal. If you have read many of the posts I have written on the sugar content of cereals you will have discovered that unsurprisingly that kids’ cereals tend to be fairly high in sugar content (usually at least 12g per dry serving – you can read more about higher sugar cereals here in the post I wrote). But Rice Krispies is a kid’s cereal with cartoon characters on the front (snap, crackle and pop) that is relatively low in sugar content. 4g of total sugar per dry serving to be precise.
2. Original Special K – 4g of Total Sugar
The next entry on this list probably won’t come as a huge surprise. This entry is original Special K and considering it is very much marketed at women wanting to lose a few pounds, it isn’t a huge surprise that it is relatively low in sugar content at 4g per dry serving. What is, however, quite surprising is that there are up to 18g of sugar in a serving of some of Special K’s flavored cereals. You can find out which ones here in the post I wrote on the topic.
3. Kellogg’s Corn Flakes – 4g of Total Sugar
Kellogg’s corn flakes is another lower sugar popular well well-recognized cereal brand. There are 4g of total sugar in a 1 ½ cup serving of Kellogg’s corn flakes. In fact, a lot of corn flakes are even lower in sugar – many of them contain 3g of sugar per serving. You can read more about it here.
4. 365 by Whole Foods Market Organic Bran Flakes Cereal – 3g of Total Sugar
Next up on this list are Organic Bran Flakes by 365 by Whole Foods Market. Now these bran flakes do contain sugar at 3g per serving but that is actually pretty low for a bran flake cereal. All Bran Bran Flakes for example contain more than double the sugar content at 7g per serving and All Bran Original contains 9g per serving (you can read more about the sugar content of different bran cereals here). You can check out 365 by Whole Foods Market on Amazon here.
5. Original Kix – 3g of Total Sugar
Next up is that little corn puff cereal otherwise known as Original Kix. Now original Kix is a pretty low sugar cereal, clocking in just 3g of sugar serving. The flavored varieties (Berry Berry and Honey) are a touch higher in sugar content at 5g. You can read more about it here.
6. Rice Chex – 3g of Total Sugar
Next up on my list of the lower sugar cereals are Rice Chex! Rice Chex are the lowest sugar variety of Chex. If you want to find out the sugar content of other varieties of Chex (aka wheat and corn) then make sure to check out the following post I wrote on the topic here.
7. Original Cheerios – 2g of Total Sugar
Ok so the next entry on this list may surprise you. That entry is…drum roll please! Original Cheerios! Yup that is right. Original Cheerios are a very low sugar cereal, as they contain just 2g of total sugar per dry serving! How awesome is that! So, you can feel really great about grabbing a box of original Cheerios for you and your family next time you are at the grocery store! Just a word of warning though – not all varieties of Cheerios are low sugar. Some can even run as high as 15g of sugar per serving – you can read more about it here in the post I wrote.
8. Wonderworks Cereal – 1g of Total Sugar
Above I have gone through some of the lowest sugar well recognized branded cereals out there such as Rice Chex, Rice Krispies, Cheerios and Special K. Some of these cereals are even arguably accidentally low in sugar! But how about cereal brands that are intentionally sugar free? Well, these exist too and I will now present you with some of the best sugar free cereal brands.
First up in terms of sugar free cereal brands is Wonderworks cereals. Wonderworks cereal is a high protein ball like puffy cereal. Wonderworks cereal is sweetened with erythritol, stevia, allulose and inulin. Wonderworks cereal contains just 1g of total sugar per serving and 0g of added! It comes in 3 flavors – chocolate, Cinnamon and Peanut Butter. You can try out a variety pack of all three flavors on from Amazon here.
9. Schoolyard Snacks Cereal – 0g-1g of Total Sugar
Schoolyard Snacks cereals is another keto friendly puff like cereal that is added sugar free. Schoolyard snacks cereals are instead sweetened with allulose and monk fruit and contain 0g-1g of total sugar per serving. It comes in a variety of yummy sounding flavors, which you can check out on their Amazon brand page here. I personally think that their Fruity flavor makes a great dupe for Berry Berry Kix and their cocoa flavor makes a great dupe for Cocoa Puffs.
10. Magic Spoon Cereal – 0g of Total Sugar
Another sugar free cereal I came across in my searches is Magic Spoon cereal. Now Magic Spoon cereal is an “o” shaped cereal (think Cheerio shaped) and it comes fruity, frosted, cocoa and peanut butter. Now I have come across a few sugar free peanut butter, fruity and cocoa flavored cereals before (see above) but it is pretty rare to come across a sugar free frosted cereal! Magic Spoon cereals are sweetened with inulin, allulose and monk fruit and contain 0g of total sugar per serving. You can try a variety pack of all flavors if you fancy from Amazon here.
11. Plain Shredded Wheat – 0g of Total Sugar
Ok so above I have gone through a few purposively sugar free cereal brands but the next cereal brand I am going to present you with a one of the common big cereal brands out there. That brand is Shredded Wheat. Yup that is right – plain Shredded Wheat is indeed sugar free so if you are looking for a sugar free, easily available cereal next time you are at the grocery store, Shredded Wheat is IT! Just be aware that frosted and flavored Shredded Wheats are not sugar free – you can read more about it here in the post it wrote.
12. Fiber One Original Bran – 0g of Total Sugar
I mentioned in entry 1 that All Bran Original (you know the little sticks of bran) contains 9g of sugar per serving. Well, how about if this is too much sugar for you? Is there a lower sugar All Bran Original option? There sure is and that option is sugar free. Yup you read that correctly – sugar free. That option is Fiber One Original Bran. Fiber One Original Bran is sweetened with sucralose and contains 0g of total sugar per serving. You can try this sugar free bran cereal for yourself from Amazon here.
13. The Real Cereal Company Organic Brown Rice Crisps Cereal – 0g of Total Sugar
I established above that Rice Krispies is actually a relatively low sugar cereal, as it contains 4g of total sugar per serving. But there are actually, believe it or not, even lower sugar Rice Krispies alternatives. One of which is The Real Cereal Company Organic Brown Rice Crisps Cereal. This cereal is made from one simple ingredient – organic brown rice and that is it! As a result there is 0g of total sugar per serving. You can check it out for yourself on Amazon here.
14. Special K Zero Cinnamon Cereal – 0g of Total Sugar
I talk above about how Original Special K contains 4g of sugar per dry serving. Well, there is actually an even lower sugar Special K option. Yes, that is right. And that option is Special K Zero Cinnamon Cereal. These little cinnamon puffy balls are sweetened with allulose, sucralose and monk fruit, and contain 0g of total sugar. You can check it out for yourself on Amazon here.
15. Three Wishes Unsweetened Grain Free Cereal – 0g of Total Sugar
If you are still trying to process the fact that original Cheerios contains 2g of total sugar per serving, your mind is going to be blown by the fact that there is also a Cheerio alternative that contains 0g of sugar per serving. Yup that is right, and that option is Three Wishes Unsweetened Grain Cereal. This high protein cereal can be found on Amazon here.
Three Wishes also makes flavored varieties of their cereals, which you can check out on Amazon here. These cereals do not contain 0g of sugar per serving though – instead they just contain 3g.
16. The Real Cereal Company Organic Corn Flakes – 0g of Total Sugar
I established above that Kellogg’s corn flakes contain a mere 4g of total sugar per serving. But there are also sugar free corn flakes options out there. One such option is The Real Cereal Company Organic Corn Flakes which are just made from corn grits and sea salt. You can check them out for yourself on Amazon here.
17. Catlina Crunch Keto Cereal – 0g of Total Sugar
The final sugar free cereal entry on my list is Catalina Crunch. Now I have mentioned Catlina Crunch a fair few times here at Low Sugar Snax and for good reason. Their cereals are sweetened with monk fruit and or stevia and contain 0g of sugar per serving! Their Cinnamon Toast flavor is a great dupe for Cinnamon Toast Crunch, their Honey Graham is a great sugar free dupe for Golden Grahams and their Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor is a good alternative to Reese’s Puffs. You can check out all the flavors for yourself on Amazon here.
17 of The Lowest Sugar Cereals – The Final Bite
What are some of the lowest sugar cereals? What have we learned from the above? Well, if you fancy a cereal that contains as little as 0g of sugar per serving, but that still hits that sweet spot, there are plenty of options out there. You just have to know what to look for!
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