Is Cream of Wheat Keto Friendly? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Cream of Wheat is not keto friendly and has 30.1 grams of net carbs, 0.6 grams of fat, and 4.4 grams of protein per 1 cup (241 grams) of cooked cereal.

Cream of Wheat is a hot cereal made from ground wheat, enriched with vitamins and minerals.

It has a smooth texture and a mild flavor, and can be cooked with water or milk and topped with various ingredients.

The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat, and moderate-protein diet that aims to put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.

In ketosis, your body burns fat for fuel instead of glucose.

Cream of Wheat has 30.1 grams of net carbs, 0.6 grams of fat, and 4.4 grams of protein per 1 cup (241 grams) of cooked cereal.

Based on these numbers, Cream of Wheat is not keto friendly and can easily exceed your daily carb limit.

Therefore, you should avoid or limit Cream of Wheat if you are following the keto diet.

Because it is high in carbs and low in fat, it can prevent you from reaching or maintaining ketosis, which is the goal of the keto diet.

Whether you eat it or not, you should always choose the original or whole grain varieties of Cream of Wheat, and avoid the instant or flavored ones.

Because the original and whole grain versions have more fiber and less added sugar, which can benefit your health and blood sugar levels.

You can store uncooked Cream of Wheat in a cool, dry place, away from any sources of water, for up to 6-8 months past its expiration date if unopened, or 4-6 months if opened.

You can also store cooked Cream of Wheat in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days, or in the freezer for 3 months.

Do not store Cream of Wheat in a humid or warm place, or leave it exposed to air, as it can spoil faster or attract pests.

Finally, remember, Cream of Wheat is a nutritious and comforting breakfast cereal, but not suitable for the keto diet.

If you are looking for a low-carb alternative, you can try making keto porridge with almond flour, coconut flour, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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