Parents think they are keeping their kids healthier by saying no to candy and cookies during the day, but what about breakfast? Many cereals contain boat loads of sugar, even more so than some desserts. Here is a quick list of some high sugar cereals you might recognize from TV commercials. Avoid putting them in your grocery cart and keep your kids out of the cereal aisle at the store.
- Honey Smacks
- Fruit Loops
- Cap’n Crunch and Crunch Berries
- Apple Jacks
- Golden Crisp Puffs
- < >Honey Graham Oh’s
- Cocoa Frosted Flakes
- Frosted Mini-Wheats
- Raisin Bran and Raisin Bran Crunch
- Cinnamon Oat Crunch
What else can you do? Make sure you look at what a serving size actually is and measure a cup out. Don't be fooled by clever marketing or colorful packaging. Claims of ‘being healthy’, ‘high vitamins and minerals’, ‘all-natural’, and ‘packed with energy’ can often distract from excessive sugar content. Surprisingly some of the cereals which claim to be the healthiest have the most sugar, so be careful of cereals that contain ingredients such as granola, bran flakes, chocolate, marshmallows, Cinnabon anything or dried fruits.
By planning ahead and reviewing the nutritional panel on the side of the box, you can make smarter cereal choices and cut down on hidden sugars which will benefit your waistline and your children’s long-term health. The higher the fiber content and lower the net carbs in a serving, the better!