Can Wheaties Really Stick To Magnets?

It's the Breakfast of Champions, but are Wheaties also a fun kids' science project that might make you question whether you want to actually eat the cereal, though? More specifically, do the flakes in Wheaties stick to magnets? General Mills has used sports figures to promote the iconic cereal but has not promoted the breakfast cereal as a way to play with magnets, although it does contain high amounts of a magnetically charged mineral: The cereal's nutrition facts say that one serving will supply you with 70% of your daily recommended allowance of iron.

Iron is necessary for a healthy diet, per Healthline, but imagine a cereal so laden with iron that it would actually stick to a magnet. Because Wheaties provide a lot of the essential nutrient, people have wondered if it's possible for magnets to pick up the cereal's flakes — some have even been curious enough about the phenomenon to try it out for themselves.

These opposites don't attract

So far, there is no documented evidence of magnets attracting Wheaties flakes like they would metal paperclips. My Recipes detailed one of the recent attempts to conduct this experiment and found that no matter how the magnets were positioned or how finely ground the flakes were, the magnets did not attract the cereal.

According to Daily Iron, every 100 grams of wheat boasts 3.8 milligrams of iron. While Wheaties lists wheat as its top ingredient, the amount of iron in each flake is still minuscule and apparently not enough to make the cereal magnetic. If that's a concern for you when choosing a breakfast cereal, fret not if you consider a box of Wheaties. While there are some cereals you should or shouldn't be eating, if you choose this one you aren't going to see any of the flakes sticking to a magnet in your home.