There's been quite a bit of buzz around keto friendly cereals. But is keto cereal actually healthy and will it help you achieve your weight loss or wellness goals? Today, we're diving into the details of keto friendly cereals!
What's In Keto Cereals?
A few popular brands have floated to the surface of the keto cereal world. The most popular is likely Magic Spoon. According to their website, Magic Spoon uses a milk protein blend (whey and casein) as the protein base, an oil blend (high oleic sunflower oil and avocado oil), tapioca starch and a sweetener blend that includes monk fruit, stevia and allulose. Each 1 cup serving contains around 13g of protein, 2g of fiber and 4g of net carbs.
Are Keto Cereals Actually Healthy?
Technically speaking, if you simply look at the numbers itself, keto cereals could possibly be a better option than traditional, high sugar cereals that will spike the storing hormone insulin. However, allulose and other keto sweeteners can cause GI upset in some (but not all), leading to bloating, gas and diarrhea.(1)
Not to mention, the protein content is fairly low to be considered a meal. At 12-13g of protein per serving, most people will need to pair keto cereals with an additional 10-20g of protein in order to provide enough for their needs. And if weight loss is a goal, getting enough protein in at each meal has been found to be hugely important for reducing hunger and improving body composition.(2)
Should You Eat Keto Cereal If Weight Loss Is Your Goal?
Keto-friendly cereal that is low in sugar is certainly a better option than high sugar, grain-containing traditional cereals. However, due to the low protein content, it likely won't be a great option to have on a daily basis. If you choose to have keto cereal, treating it as a weekly treat rather than a daily meal may be best while working toward a weight loss or wellness goal.
Instead, you can opt for protein, fat and fiber rich smoothies like THIS free recipe or make a crunchy greek yogurt parfait like the one pictured above from the 7 Day Intermittent Fasting Detox. By using whole food ingredients like greek yogurt, which contains 20g of protein per 1 cup serving and unsweetened coconut flakes to provide that satisfying crunch, you can make your taste buds happy while also working toward a weight loss or wellness goal.