The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit advocacy group, has published a not-so-surprising study concerning the sugar content of children’s cereal. They reviewed 84 popular brands and checked out their sugar content. The most offensive product, Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, is 56% sugar by weight!
Who cares if such cereals are fortified by vitmins and minerals. That’s way too much sugar in the diet of children who already are exposed to multiple sugar events every day.
Cereal have become the de facto breakfast in a majority of US households. Fortunately, there are decent options out there for families. Here are our tips for choosing cereal:
- less than 6 grams of sugar (1.5 teaspoons)
- 3 or more grams of fiber
- no artificial dyes (red #40, Yellow 5, etc…)
- no partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats)
- a short ingredient list
What’s your favorite healthy cereal?