By: Alere Staff
Many advertisements and marketing campaigns speak of the importance of breakfast as the first meal of the day. Ideas of what makes breakfast have changed over the years with some people now reaching for protein shakes or health bars as they head out the door. Despite all the dietary fads, the choice that seems to always find itself on the American breakfast table is the bowl of cereal.
Good news will greet you in the morning as many breakfast cereals are not a high source of vitamin K. Therefore, this breakfast favorite plays very little, if any, role in how warfarin works.
While cereal has become less popular in the recent decade, America still has its top favorites.1 These breakfast mainstays include General Mills Cheerios™, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® and General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch®.1 Below are a list of some of the more popular brands with both their serving sizes and vitamin K content.2
|Cereal||Serving Size||Vitamin K Content
General Mills, Cheerios
|1 cup (about 28 g)||0.5 µg||Low|
Honey Nut Cheerios™
|3/4 cup (about 28 g)||0.6 µg||Low|
|1 cup (about 29 g)||0.5 µg||Low|
|3/4 cup (about 30 g)||0.1 µg||Low|
|1 cup (about 31 g)||0.1 µg||Low|
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
|3/4 cup (about 31 g)||2.9 µg||Low|
While many popular cereals have little vitamin K content, what you put on your cereal may also impact your vitamin K. Be aware of these additions to your bowl:
|Food||Serving Size||Vitamin K Content
|Strawberries||1 cup||Up to 4.3 µg||Low|
|Yogurt (plain)||1 cup||0.5 µg||Low|
|Bananas||1 banana||0.8 µg||Low|
|Figs||2 figs||5.9 µg||Low|
|Dates||1 cup||4.8 µg||Low|
|Blueberries||1 cup||up to 40.7 µg||High|
So, go ahead and enjoy this most important meal of the day where even Kellogg’s Special K, contrary to its name, has almost no vitamin K present in a serving – the K, in fact, comes from the Kellogg’s name. Enjoy!
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- Bananas and Warfarin
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- Ferdman, Roberto A. The Most Popular Breakfast Cereals in America Today. The Washington Post. March 18, 2015. Retrieved from website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/18/the-most-popular-breakfast-cereals-in-america-today/.
- The National Agricultural Library. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 27. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Retrieved May 29, 2015 from website: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search.
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