DEAR DOCTOR K: I love to eat cereal for breakfast, but I've heard that many cereals aren't all that healthy. What should I look for in a healthy cereal?
DEAR READER: Walk into any grocery store and you'll see shelves packed full of breakfast cereals all touting important health benefits. Labels and marketing promises on boxes can be confusing -- and sometimes misleading. I spoke with Kathy McManus, director of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. She recommends reading ingredient lists carefully and choosing cereals that meet the following criteria: