Grape Nuts is one of my favorite cereals, which is fortunate because it is one of the best ones for you.
Whole grains are important in a healthy diet. What's also important is eating something that "closest to the whole". So, for instance, a roasted potatoes with some olive oil and dill is much better than, say, Pringles. It's easier for your body to pick up the nutrients of the roasted potatoes because nothing, like preservatives and additives and other things that destroy the nutrion of the potato, is getting in the way.
These are the ingredients for Grape Nuts:
So, there's the added vitamins and minerals, but for the most part, there's really 5 ingredients and only 1 -- soy lecithin -- is a preservative. Pretty good. They're also comng out with an organic Grape Nuts fairly soon.
There's a whole bunch of tasty recipes that call for Grapenuts, available at the Post Cereals website above. My nana used to make Grape Nut Pudding. Sundae School, down the Cape, sells Grape Nut Ice Cream.
I like to soak mine in vanilla soy or almond milk until its al dente. It's also good with some milk & honey mixed in a zapped for a moment in the microwave.
Just to give you a comparison, here are the ingredients for Special K: RICE, WHEAT GLUTEN, SUGAR, DEFATTED WHEAT GERM, SALT, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, DRIED WHEY, MALT FLAVORING, CALCIUM CASEINATE, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), ALPHA TOCOPHEROL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), REDUCED IRON, NIACINAMIDE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), VITAMIN A PALMITATE, FOLIC ACID AND VITAMIN B12.