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Cinnamon Life Cereal Nutrition

By Natalie Stein

Quaker products include hot cereals, rice cakes, cereal bars and cold cereals. Quaker Life Cereal flavors are Original, Maple and Brown Sugar, and Cinnamon. If you are looking for a healthy breakfast cereal, check to see whether it is low in calories and sugar but high in essential nutrients. QuakerOats.com says its Cinnamon Life Cereal is heart-healthy and high in calcium.

Basic Nutrients

The serving size for Quaker Cinnamon Life Cereal is three-quarters of a cup, or 32 g. It has 120 calories and 1.5 g total fat with no saturated or trans fats. The cereal has 3 g protein and 25 g carbohydrates, including 8 g sugars and 2 g total dietary fiber, or 8 percent of the daily value for someone on a 2,000-calorie diet. It has 1 g soluble fiber. It is cholesterol-free and has 150 mg sodium.

Whole Grains

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services state that whole grains include the germ, bran and endosperm components of the whole grain seed or kernel. Whole grains may reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, and people who eat more whole grains may be able to manage their weight better. Whole grains are natural sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Quaker Cinnamon Life Cereal has whole-grain oat flour and whole-grain wheat flour.

Iron

Iron is an essential mineral in hemoglobin, a protein in your red blood cells which transports oxygen throughout your body. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia with symptoms such as weakness or fatigue. According to the Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center, children and women of child-bearing age are at particular risk for iron deficiency anemia. Heme iron, the form of iron in red meat, is the most absorbable, but enriched cereals can also provide iron. Cinnamon Life Cereal has 40 percent of the daily value for iron.

Other Minerals

According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines, some Americans may not get enough calcium, and may have a higher risk of breaking their bones. A serving of Quaker Cinnamon Life Cereal has 10 percent of the daily value for calcium. If you have the cereal with one-half cup of skim milk, you will get 25 percent of the daily value for calcium. The cereal also has 10 percent of the daily value for phosphorus and 25 percent of the daily value for zinc.

B Vitamins

A key recommendation in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is for women who may become pregnant to get adequate folic acid to prevent birth defects. Cinnamon Life Cereal provides 100 percent of the daily value for folic acid, which is also an essential nutrient for healthy red blood cells. The cereal also has 25 percent of the daily value for thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin and vitamin B6. Your body needs these B vitamins to get energy from food.

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