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April 10, 2009 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Kids Health

Parent Alert!

According to Consumer Reports (October 2008) many “kids'” cereals are more than half sugar by weight, and as would be expected, relatively low in real nutrients. A single serving of 11 popular brands provided more sugar than a glazed donut. (Keep in mind that most children typically pour at least 2 servings per bowl.) To add insult to injury, most of the remaining calories in these cereals turbo-charged with sugar are from refined flour which is no different than pure sugar once it enters the body. Post Golden Crisps, Kellog’s Honey Smacks, and Corn Pops were the biggest losers while plain Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Life, and Kix had the healthiest profiles.

So do not be fooled by cereals that claim to be healthy but are not – to make a healthy cereal selection for the children in your life, always choose cereals with 3 grams or more of fiber and 12 grams or less of sugar per serving.