Cereals for children

Why should we eat cereals?


What are cereals?

Cereals are foods from the grain of Gramineae, a type of herbaceous plants that produce spikes.

Among the major cereals we have: rice, wheat, barley, sorghum, oats, millet, rye or corn.

Why are cereals important?

Cereals are important because they contain many carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and fiber, five nutrients that are necessary for our body to function properly.

What cereals are the best?

Within cereals, whole grains are best, that’s to say, those that have not been refined. For example, whole wheat bread, brown rice, pasta. Whole grains are richer in nutrients.

We should try to choose whole grains over refined grains like white bread, refined flour, etc..


Bread is the ideal way to eat cereals. We have wheat breads, oat bread, barley bread, corn bread, etc.. It is always better to eat whole wheat bread

How many cereals should we eat every day?

Cereals should be part of every meal. We should consume them daily.

They can enter in our meals in the following way:

Cereals should be combined with legumes. In this way our bodies will produce high-quality proteins.

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Eating pasta is another way to eat cereals.

Daily food combinations for a day, including cereals

How many cereals should we take every day?

We should eat 6 to 8 servings daily.

* See: servings of cereals.

  • Cereals are essential in nutrition because they provide carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  • Each day we should eat 2 to 3 servings of cereals.
  • It is convenient to combine cereals with legumes to get high quality proteins.
  • Whole cereals are more recommended than refined ones because they are richer in nutrients

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Characteristics of nutrients

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

21 November, 2021

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