No Cookies for Breakfast

Cereal with milkSounds silly, doesn’t it? But apparently that’s essentially what many parents are serving their children every time they reach for a box of sweetened cereal.

A report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group found that one cup of 44 different children’s cereals had more sugar than the 11 grams contained in three Chips Ahoy! cookies.

The sweetest cereals – Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, Post Golden Crisp and General Mills Wheaties Fuel – had 20 grams of sugar, which is slightly more than the 18 grams found in a Twinkie.

Better big-brand options for children include: General Mills Cheerios Original, General Mills Kix Original and Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats: Unfrosted Bite-Size, Frosted Big Bite, Frosted Bite-Size, and Frosted Little Bite, according to the EWG report. The analysis found that these easy-to-find cereals meet nutritional guidelines but may include ingredients that are genetically modified or grown with pesticides.

Not sure what to choose? Ask a Registered Dietitian.

Source: Environmental Working Group

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