Food & Nutrition

6 cereals that are high in folic acid

Published by Finn Hayden

Folic Acid is a B Vitamin that many of us don't get enough of in our diets, despite how important this nutrient is for cell growth and development.

Folic acid can be found in foods such as leafy greens, but the issue with this is that some people simply don't like those foods, meaning they're less likely to get folic acid in their diet.

Luckily, there are lots of breakfast cereals that you can buy which are fortified with folic acid and have good levels of this B Vitamin, and we thought it would be useful to round up cereal which is high in folic acid, let's get into it:

Special K - 334 µg per 100g

Most of the cereals from the Kellogg's brand are fortified with folic acid (as well as Vitamin D), but Special K seems to be the cereal from the brand which is the highest in Folic Acid. Special K contains 334 µg of folic acid per 100g, which is more than double what you'll find in Rice Krispies (those contain 166 µg of folic acid per 100g). Learn more and buy Special K here - tesco.com
Front of Special K packet

Nutribrex Gluten Free Cereal - 265µg per 100g

Nutribrex is a gluten free version of Weetabix and featured in our guide to the best gluten free cereal that you can buy, and just like the original Weetabix, Nutribrex also actually contains higher levels of folic acid than you'll find in Weetabix, with 265µg of folic acid per 100g of Nutribrex. We'd also say that despite not containing gluten, Nutribrex tastes very similar to Weetabix, so if you want to make the swap to get more folic acid in your diet then definitely go for it. Learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk

Nutri-Brex

Kellogg's frosted wheats - 250 µg per 100g

Although Special K is the Kellogg's cereal which contains by far the most folic acid, for some reason Kellogg's frosted wheats are also pretty high in the nutrient. You'll find 250 µg of folic acid in 100g of Kellogg's frosted wheats, which is more than you'll find in most other Kellogg's cereals. Plus, we'd say that the Frosted Wheats are the best tasting cereal which is high in folic acid. Learn more and buy it here - groceries.asda.com

frosted wheats

Kellogg's All Bran - 250 µg per 100g

Another Kellogg's cereal which is high in folic acid is Kellogg's All Bran - as well as being high in fibre, this cereal contains 250µg of folic acid per 100g, which was actually a nice surprise for us to discover. Learn more and buy it here - waitrose.com

All-Bran

Tesco Low Fat Special Flakes - 200 µg per 100g

As well as being high in Vitamin B12, the Tesco Low Fat Special Flakes are also pretty high in folic acid, with 200 µg per 100g. This cereal is an imitation of Special K, and actually tastes very similar, although it doesn't contain nearly as much folic acid. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

Tesco Low Fat Special Flakes

Stockwell & Co wheat biscuits - 205 µg per 100g

You can buy 2 own-brand versions of Weetabix from Tesco, one is called simply 'Tesco Wheat Biscuits' and the other is this cereal from the Stockwell & Co range. The Tesco Wheat Biscuits contain 170µg of folic acid per 100g, which is exactly the same as what you'll find in original Weetabix, But the wheat biscuits from Stockwell & Co are actually higher in folic acid at 205 µg per 100g. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

Tesco version of Weetabix

We hope this guide helps you to find a breakfast cereal which is high in folic acid. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us to try!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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