Why parents are buying kids cereals that have the sugar content of cookies and Twinkies is quite beyond my comprehension. Childhood obesity is a preventable epidemic in the United States and there is simply no excuse that we are doing this to our children. Again, I will quote John McDougall, MD: “The pain and suffering inflicted on children by the American diet is so brutal that if it were administered with a stick, parents would be put in jail.” This is the first generation of children since the Civil War that has a shorter life expectancy than my generation. WHAT ARE WE DOING?!
Many Kids’ Cereals Loaded With Sugar
WebMD Health News, December 7, 2011: If you think giving your child cereal for breakfast ensures a healthy start to the day, check the label. “In our study, three cereals have more sugar than a Twinkie,” says Paul Pestano, MS, a research analyst at the Environmental Working Group, which issued the report. ”Forty-four others have more sugar in one cup than three Chips Ahoy! cookies.”
The Twinkie-equivalent cereals are Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, Post Golden Crisp, and General Mills Wheaties FUEL, according to the EWG report. Honey Smacks is nearly 56% sugar by weight, Pestano says. That’s more than double the maximum recommended by voluntary federal guidelines.
Others on the ”worst” list and their sugar content:
Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow, 48.3% sugar
Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch OOPS! All Berries, 46.9%
Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original, 44.4%
Quaker Oats Oh!s, 44.4%
Kellogg’s Smorz, 43.3%
Kellogg’s Apple Jacks, 42.9%
Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries, 42.3%
Kellogg’s Froot Loops (Original), 41.4%
Kids’ Cereals: Healthier Options
Cereals making the EWG “best” list meet guidelines on sugar and other ingredients. These cereals also are free of pesticides and genetically modified ingredients. Most are lesser-known manufacturers:
Ambrosial Granola: Athenian Harvest Muesli
Go raw: Live Granola, Live Chocolate Granola, and Simple Granola
Grandy Oats: Mainely Maple Granola, Cashew Raisin Granola, and Swiss-Style Muesli
Kaia Foods: Buckwheat Granola Dates & Spices, and Buckwheat Granola Raisin Cinnamon
Laughing Giraffe: Cranberry Orange Granola
Lydia’s Organics: Apricot Sun, Berry Good, Grainless Apple, Sprouted Cinnamon, and Vanilla Crunch
Nature’s Path Organic: Optimum Banana Almond, Optimum Cranberry Ginger, Corn Puffs, Kamut Puffs, Millet Puffs, and Rice Puffs
Avoid anything that has more than 5 grams of sugar per serving.
Have you looked at the sugar content of the cereals in your cupboard? Does it have more than 5 grams of sugar per serving? While you are looking at the label, how much added fat is in it? Are there ingredients that you cannot pronounce?
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