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First type of cereal eaten during past month

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For sample adults age 18 and over who ate cereal in the past month, CEREALMTYP1 reports the first type of cereal the person ate. Responses were recorded verbatim, and respondents could name up to two kinds of cereal.

This variables is part of a series of variables initiated related to food and food knowledge as part of cancer supplements. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


This variable is comparable over time except for the meaning of the "other" category. Beginning in the 2015 Cancer Module, only the ten most common types of cereal were offered as separate codes and all other types were grouped into "other" (code 326). In 2010, codes for more than 300 types of cereal were available, and the "other" code was reserved for cases in which the respondent did not specify a type of cereal.


  • 2010, 2015: Sample adults 18+ who ate cereal in the past month.


  • 2010, 2015