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RealSimple.com: Should Your Family Eat This or That?

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Pretzels or Cheerios?

The better choice: Cheerios

When packing the ubiquitous snack bag to toss to a kid in a car seat (or to quiet a screamer in a stroller), choose the O's. Not only are they fortified with vitamins and minerals, but a one-cup serving also contains six milligrams of iron, which is just shy of a kid's daily allowance. Iron is crucial for development of the brain and the nervous system. In addition, Cheerios are made with whole grains and little sugar--a rarity in a cereal (or a snack, for that matter).

Keep in mind: As snacks go, pretzels aren't bad. They're low in fat and calories. To increase their nutritional value, choose whole-wheat pretzels and low- or no-sodium varieties.

(Credit: Alli Arnold)
RealSimple




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