All those who swear on bulking their tummy with breakfast, will know what I am talking about. Grape nuts is a type of cereal that has been around since time immemorial. How nutritious a cereal it is, the content elucidates herein.
Grape nuts is a cereal that is coveted to be healthy and packed with nutrition. It constitute wheat and barley. The inherent flavor or the taste of the grape nut is nutty and grape-like, and thus it is referred to as grape nuts. There is yet another take on the name that the cereal has derived, and that is the cereal having an uncanny resemblance to grape seeds. However, ironically, the grape nuts cereal neither contains nuts nor grape seeds. Grape nuts is, in the actual, graham flour that is formed into a dough, is then dried and baked twice, and broken into tiny granules. Theses granules are what we call the grape nuts cereal consumed during breakfast.
Grape Nuts Nutrition Facts
- When nutrition is concerned, grape nuts are termed to be a healthy source of vitamins and minerals.
- A serving of grape nuts cereal every morning delivers 120 calories approximately and consists of no saturated fat or hydrogenated fat. If sugar is added then the serving would consist of 4 to 5 calories added to your breakfast bowl. When milk is poured the calorie count may increase by 40 calories approximately. Thus, the total calorie count ranges between 160 to 200 calories for a complete cereal breakfast.
- The carbohydrate content in the nutrition chart is rated to be 48 grams, out of which 7 are fibers, and 37 are counted as other carbohydrates. Now, for all the low-carb breakfast food conscious contenders, this value of carbohydrate in the cereal is not a very favorable recipe to maintain themselves.
- When proteins come into the picture, we may conclude that the grape nuts serves 3 grams of protein. When added to milk, the protein content may rise to 6 to 7 grams.
- A serving of grape nut serves you with 280 mg of sodium and 200 mg of potassium. This makes the ranking of the cereal rise high on the nutrition chart.
- It is also considered to be a high supplier of essential B-vitamins, in particular vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12. It consists of vitamin-A.
- Calcium being a dietary requirement is also taken care of by consuming a breakfast bowl of these cereals. It consists of 2% of calcium with the calcium content increasing when milk is added to the cereal.
- Anti-oxidants such as riboflavin, niacin and thiamine are also contenders in the cereal.
- With it being a whole grain barley, it is marked to be rich in iron with the consistency being as high as 90% in the cereal. These contents are further given the required backing by adding ingredients; such as, milk and sugar according to the quantity of the cereal you would like to consume. It is also rich in folic acid with the basic content being 50 to 60% quoted as approximate values.
Grape nuts, is indeed healthy nutrition as you have a bowl of vitamins and minerals to take care of your daily dietary value that you must consume. The rich source of iron is a tad-bit constricted where the protein content is concerned. Thus, one could resort to supplementing eggs to complete the protein content in your daily breakfast plan.
To add variety to the cereal, you could resort to adding or garnishing the cereal with fruits such as apples and strawberries or even grapes. There are some people who may not prefer the taste of the cereal if eaten plain without any ‘fruitful’ additions, but once you develop a taste for it, you could have it warm even without the garnishing. Grape nuts offers nutrition that one ought to achieve every morning to kick-start the day – the healthy way!