Nutritional Value of Cheerios vs Special K

Two of the top cereals are Cheerios and Special K. Do you know what makes these two cereals different and is one better than the other? Find out the answers below. Please note that the following comparisons are based upon the regular types of both cereals, not those with added honey and fruit.

To start with both of these cereals are considered to be ‘healthy’ cereals. Special K is made by Kellogg’s and Cheerios by General Mills and they are both classified as cold cereals.

Nutrition Facts of Special K

The serving size for Special K is 29 grams and contains 100 calories per serving. The number of calories from fat is 30 which equal 3 grams of fat per serving.

Special K does not contain any saturated or trans fats. There are 110 mg of sodium per serving along with 14 grams of Carbohydrates. Special K contains 5 grams of fiber and 2 grams of sugar. Protein is high at 10 grams.

For minerals and vitamins Special K contains:

  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 44.4%
  • Vitamin A 15%
  • Vitamin C 35%
  • Potassium 9%

These percentages are based upon recommended daily requirement levels.

Nutrition Facts for Cheerios

The serving size for Cheerios is 28 grams which contains 100 calories. The amount of calories from fat is just 15 which equal 2 grams of fat per serving.

Cheerios does not contain any saturated fats, trans fats and the sodium content is 160 mg per serving. Carbohydrates are listed at 20 grams and fiber at 3 grams. Cheerios contains only 1 gram of sugar per serving and 3 grams of protein.

The amounts for vitamins and minerals are:

  • Calcium 10%
  • Iron 44.4%
  • Vitamin A 10 %
  • Vitamin C 10%
  • Potassium 5%

These percentages are based upon the recommended daily requirements.

When you compare all of these amounts you can see that Special K contains higher amounts of protein and fewer carbohydrates. If you are limiting your carb intake this can be a good point to take note of.

Special K also has more fiber than Cheerios but does have 1 gram more of sugar. The fiber amount is good and should be taken into consideration when selecting any cereal. Both cereals have sugar levels which are low.

Cheerios does have more sodium per serving and if you are watching your salt intake you may want to make note of this.

Either cereal would make a great healthy choice for breakfast. Why not purchase a box of both cereals so you can add some variety to your breakfast each morning? Don’t forget to include sliced bananas, berries or yogurt to make your breakfast even more nutrition packed.



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