The Full Cereal Fatness Index — 275 Brands of Cereal Ranked is part 3 of 3 in our Lean It UP Cereal Fatness Index series, which scores and ranks 275 brands of cereal based on their propensity to MAKE YOU FAT!
Here it is, finally — 275 cereals scored, ranked, and indexed into the FULL Lean It UP Cereal Fatness Index. In addition to posting the entire index here, I’ve also provided a download link at the end of the article. Print it out and stick it on the fridge — it’s a great reference guide whenever you’re faced with a cereal conundrum.
When looking at the index, I would generally consider any cereal with a positive LeanFACTOR score as healthy and lean; anything with a negative LeanFACTOR score as unhealthy and fattening, with cereals becoming incrementally more HORRIBLE for your waistline as they get deeper into the negatives.
In general cereal isn’t healthy — only 66 cereals, or 24% — have a positive LeanFACTOR score, and NO brand of cereal averages a positive fiber-to-sugar balance (fiber minus sugar). That’s disgusting. In fact, outside of Attune Cereal, EVERY brand of cereal (even Kashi) averages over 7 grams of sugar per serving, with General Mills, Quaker, and Kellogg’s averaging 10+!
The charts below break down average LeanFACTOR score, average fiber-to-sugar balance, and average sugar content by brand of cereal. It’s not surprising, but Kashi comes out on top as the healthiest brand of cereal; General Mills brings up the rear with a mind-blowing average LeanFACTOR score of -44.
Hopefully the index serves as a valuable resource to guide your breakfast decision making. I’m still partial to oatmeal — it’s simple, delicious, comforting, versatile, and ridiculously healthy.
The Lean It UP Cereal Fatness Index — Cereal Brand Data
The FULL Lean It UP Cereal Fatness Index
Here’s the first page of the index as a sample (click for a magnified view), with the full index available from the link below — enjoy.