cereal is not healthy

Thank Goodness we only eat Gluten free cereal with very little sugar!

Some cereal no healthier than Twinkies or cookies

By Andrea Walker, The Baltimore Sun December 16, 2011
The group said sugary breakfast choices can be troublesome. It cited studies that have found that children who eat high sugar breakfasts have more problems at school. They become more frustrated and have a harder time working independently than kids who eat lower-sugar breakfasts.

If you’re feeding your kids Honey Smacks or Apple Jacks for breakfast you might as well just give them a chocolate chip cookie or Twinkie, according to results from a nutritional analysis of kids’ cereals.

The Environmental Working Group analyzed 84 cereals and found many contain as much or more sugar than many desserts. The worst culprit was Kellogg’s Honey Smacks. A one-cup serving packs 20 grams of sugar, more than a Hostess Twinkie, which has 18 grams of sugar. Post Golden Crisps and General Mills Wheaties Fuel also have more sugar than a Twinkie, according to the analysis.

The group said sugary breakfast choices can be troublesome. It cited studies that have found that children who eat high sugar breakfasts have more problems at school. They become more frustrated and have a harder time working independently than kids who eat lower-sugar breakfasts. By lunchtime they have less energy, are hungrier, show attention deficits and make more mistakes on their work.

Some laboratory studies have also found that sugar is habit-forming, stimulating the same brain responses as opiates, the Environmenal Working Group found.

These are the worst cereals, and their per cent sugar by weight, according to the analysis:

1. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks: 55.6 per cent

2. Post Golden Crisp: 51.9 per cent

3. Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow: 48.3 per cent

4. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries: 46.9 per cent

5. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original: 44.4 per cent

6. Quaker Oats Oh!s: 44.4 per cent

7. Kellogg’s Smorz: 43.3 per cent

8. Kellogg’s Apple Jacks: 42.9 per cent

9. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries: 42.3 per cent

10. Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original: 41.4 perc ent

The Environmental Working Group recommends nutritional breakfast alternatives, such as eggs, fruit smoothies or oatmeal. You can find recipes on ewg.org.
© Copyright (c) McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

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