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Bread & Cereal Exchange

Bread & Cereal Exchange

The Bread and Cereal Exchange List is one of six food exchange lists.

Each item on the Bread and Cereal Exchange List contains approximately:

15 grams carbohydrate
2 grams protein
0 grams fat
70 calories

Each item equals one Bread and Cereal Exchange when used in the amounts specified:


Whole wheat bread1 slice
White bread1 slice
Rye bread1 slice
Pumpernickel bread1 slice
Raisin bread1/2 slice
Bagel, small1/2 slice
English muffin, small1/2 slice
Plain roll1 slice
Hot dog bun1/2 slice
Hamburger bun1/2 slice
Dried bread crumbs3 tablespoons
Tortilla, 6"1 slice


Bran flakes1/2 cup
Cereal (ready-to-eat, sw)3/4 cup
Puffed cereal (unfrosted)1 cup
Cereal (ckd)1/2 cup
Grits (ckd)1/2 cup
Rice or barley (ckd)1/2 cup
Spaghetti1/2 cup
Macaroni1/2 cup
Popcorn (no fat added)3 cups
Cornmeal (dry)2 tablespoons
Flour2-1/2 tablespoons
Wheat germ1/4 cup


Graham cracker, 2-1/2" sq2
Matzo, 4" x 6"1/2
Oyster cracker20
Pretzels, 3-1/8" x 1/8" dia25
Rye wafers, 2" x 3-1/2"3
Soda cracker, 2-1/2" sq4
Vanilla wafer6

Beans, peas, lentils and starchy vegetables

Beans (dried)1/2 cup
Green peas (dried)1/2 cup
Lentils (dried)1/2 cup
Baked beans (canned)1/4 cup
Sweet corn1/3 cup
Corn-on-cob1 small
Lima beans1/2 cup
Parsnip2/3 cup
Green peas (cnd or frozen)1/2 cup
Potato1 small
Potato - mashed1/2 cup
Pumpkin3/4 cup
Acorn squash1/2 cup
Butternut squash1/2 cup
Sweet potato 1/4 cup
Yam1/4 cup


Orange sherbet1/4 cup
Angel food cake1" slice

Each of the following items are a combination of the Bread and Cereal Exchange and Fat Exchange Lists:

Biscuits2" diameter = 1 bread + 1 fat
Cornbread2" x 2" x 1" = 1 bread + 1 fat
Corn muffin2" diameter = 1 bread + 1 fat
Crackers (round butter-type)5 = 1 bread + 1 fat
Muffin, plain, small1 = 1 bread + 1 fat
Pancake5" x 1/2" = 1 bread + 1 fat
Potato - french fried8 fries = 1 bread + 1 fat
Potato chips15 = 1 bread + 1 fat
Corn chips15 = 1 bread + 1 fat
Waffle5" x 1/2" = 1 bread + 1 fat
Ice cream1/2 cup = 1 bread + 1 fat
Cookie (plain)1 = 1 bread + 1 fat

Iowa Dietetics Association. 1984. Simplified Diet Manual: with Meal Patterns, 5th ed. Iowa State University Press; Ames, Iowa. 108.


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