Many children's breakfast cereals have undergone makeovers in recent years, as manufacturers have removed the word "sugar" from the name and replaced it with claims of "added fiber" on the box. But a new analysis from Consumer Reports finds many cereals still contain staggering amounts of sugar and that kids regularly help themselves to bigger serving sizes than the box suggests.
Sugared breakfast cereals are heavily marketed to children but also beloved by many adults. In fact, an estimated 58% of "children's cereals" are actually consumed by those over age 18, according to a new analysis from Consumer Reports. The magazine has introduced a new ratings guide of popular cereals - and some of them turn out to be no better than a glazed donut.
Among the worst offenders - Post's Golden Crisp and Kellogg's Honey Smacks, both of which are more than 50% sugar. People may be surprised to see Rice Krispies near the bottom of the list as well. Though low in sugar, the cereal has zero fiber, making it a poor nutritional choice.
Cheerios was the winner, with just 1 gram of sugar and 3 grams of fiber per serving. Kix, Life and Honey Nut Cheerios were also rated "very good." But kids also must pay attention to how much they eat - in a test of 91 youngsters, researchers found children poured themselves an average of 50 to 65 per cent more cereal than the recommended amount.
I am not a big fan of cereal, but the kids like it. I did buy them whole wheat enriched Lucky Charms the day. They taste alright, but are high sugar for sure! The only cereal I remember eating growing up is Honey Nut Cheerios. I think I will pick those up next time after reading this story. And there is some sort of Puff's cereal in the organic section that the kids like. I put that stuff in a bag and use it for snacks.
What kind of cereal does your family eat?
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