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EWG Overall Score Breakdown

The product score is based on weighted scores for nutrition, ingredient and processing concerns. Generally, nutrition counts most, ingredient concerns next and degree of processing least. The weighted scores are added together to determine the final score. Read more about scores here.

EWG Overall Score Breakdown


EWG scored on three factors: nutrition, ingredient concerns, and the degree of processing. Read the full scoring methodology.

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Lower concern
Higher concern
Lower concern
Higher concern
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Nutrition Concern Details

Level

Considers calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, sodium, protein, fiber and fruit, vegetable and nut content to differentiate between healthful and less healthful foods. For more information on nutrition concerns, read our full methodology.

Per gram, high in protein [read more]

Good source of naturally occurring iron [read more]

The nutrition factors used for scoring Shredded Wheat Cereal
Positive factors
Fruit, vegetable, bean or nut content
Protein content
Fiber content
Omega-3 fatty acids
Negative factors
Calorie density
Sugar/low-calorie sweetener content
Sodium content
Saturated fat content
Trans fat content

Ingredient Concern Details

Level

Considers food additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and contaminants like mercury and BPA, which can affect human health and the environment. For more information on ingredient concerns, read methodology.

This product is not certified organic [read more]

Contains 1 of EWG's top food additives of concern: Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)

This product has 1 ingredient with concerns:

Processing Concern Details

Level

Estimates how much the food has been processed. Considers many factors, chief among them, modification of individual ingredients from whole foods and number of artificial ingredients. For more information on processing concerns, read our full methodology.

Product has been classified as having low processing concerns

Products with low processing concerns generally have few artificial ingredients, more ingredients that are either whole foods or are minimally processed, and fewer ingredients overall.

EWG's Top Findings

This product is not certified organic [read more]

This product is not certified organic

Products bearing the USDA certified organic seal must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredient, and must be produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and free of genetically engineered ingredients.

Contains food additives of higher concern

Contains 1 of EWG's top food additives of concern: Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)

Meets EWG's criteria for a low sugar cereal [read more]

Meets EWG's criteria for a low sugar cereal

This cereal contains less than one teaspoon or 4 grams of sugar per serving. A 2014 analysis by EWG found that 92 percent of cold cereals contain added sugars, which add calories without important nutrients, increase the risk of heart disease and promote tooth decay. Read more here: http://www.ewg.org/research/children's-cereals

Whole Grain is the #1 ingredient in this product [read more]

Whole Grain is the #1 ingredient in this product

Whole grains provide a good source of fiber, B vitamins and iron. They may also reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes and are linked to lower body weight. Note: Even if a whole grain is the first ingredient in a product, the product may still contain refined grains and not be a 100 percent whole grain product. Consumers should also be aware that products with whole grain as a major ingredient may still contain other ingredients of concern.

Per gram, high in protein [read more]

Per gram, high in protein

Protein is a source of amino acids that are required for the proper growth, maintenance and repair of tissues. It also provides the building blocks for important enzymes and hormones. Protein provides calories and if eaten in excess will be stored as fat. Protein is found in high amounts in beans, nuts, eggs, seafood and meat. Protein is essential to health, but eating too much also carries an environmental and health cost. Learn more: http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/

Good source of naturally occurring iron [read more]

Good source of naturally occurring iron

Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that transfers oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Iron is also necessary for normal growth and development. Seafood, poultry and meat are good sources of well-absorbed heme iron. Absorption of iron from plant sources including beans, lentils and spinach can be increased by eating them with vitamin C-rich foods like lemon juice or tomato sauce.

Product has been classified as having low processing concerns

Ingredient List

From the Package

WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT AND WHEAT BRAN. BHT IS ADDED TO THE PACKAGING MATERIAL TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS.

*Older Product

Products remain in the database for two years after their label information is recorded in stores. A product with label information last recorded more than a year ago is marked with an * identifying it as an older product.

*Discontinued Product

Products remain in the Database for two years after their label information is recorded in stores, even when they have been discontinued (products may remain in stores and pantries long past the date they cease to be manufactured). EWG marks a product it is aware has been discontinued with a banner identifying it as such.

Product Images

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Other Information

Certified free of genetically engineered ingredients [read more]

Certified free of genetically engineered ingred...

This product is certified or advertises itself to be free of ingredients that were genetically engineered or derived from genetically engineered crops. For more information on the topic visit: http://www.ewg.org/research/shoppers-guide-to-avoiding-ge-food Note: The presence or absence of genetically engineered ingredients does not affect the score of a product.

Contains ingredients derived from wheat - these are considered major food allergens according to the FDA [read more]

Contains ingredients derived from wheat - these...

While over 160 food ingredients may cause allergic reactions current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations stipulate that 8 major food allergens must be labeled on products. These allergens include; milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. Note: The presence of potential allergens does not affect the overall product score.

Nutrition Facts

0.0 servings per container

Serving Size

(59 g)

Amount Per 1 1/4 cup
Calories
210

% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet and adult bodyweight)
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2.0 2.0 % Total Fat 1 g
16.0 16.0 % Total Carbs 47 g
Sugars 0 g
% Protein 7 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

0.0 0.0 % Saturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
0.0 0.0 % Cholesterol 0 mg
0.0 0.0 % Sodium 0 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: none listed

NUTRIENTS:

32.0 32.0 % Dietary Fiber 8 g
Vitamin D (no value on present label)
0.0 0.0 % Vitamin A
0.0 0.0 % Vitamin C
2.0 2.0 % Calcium
10.0 10.0 % Iron
15.0 15.0 % Thiamin
4.0 4.0 % Riboflavin
15.0 15.0 % Niacin
4.0 4.0 % Folic Acid
7.0 7.0 % Potassium 230 mg
20.0 20.0 % Phosphorus
20.0 20.0 % Magnesium
10.0 10.0 % Zinc

† Institute of Medicine. 2010. "Dietary Reference Intakes Tables and Application." Accessed April 8, 2014: link

 

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