Children’s cereals: Too much sugar

December 19, 2011 , ,

An Environmental Working Group (EWG) review of 84 popular cereal brands found that one cup of any of 44 popular children’s cereals has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy cookies (11 grams or about 3 teaspoons).

This review, which assessed cereals manufactured by Kellogg’s, Post, General Mills and Quaker, found that only one in four children’s cereals meets the voluntary guidelines proposed earlier this year by the federal Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children. These guidelines recommend no more than 26 % added sugar by weight for ready-to-eat cereals. Out of the 84 cereals reviewed, 56 of them contain more than 26 % sugar by weight.

Here’s the list of the 10 worst children’s cereals, ranked by their percentage of sugar by weight, based on the review’s findings:

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks 55.60%
Post Golden Crisp 51.90%
Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow 48.30%
Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries 46.90%
Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original 44.40%
Quaker Oats Oh!s 44.40%
Kellogg’s Smorz 43.30%
Kellogg’s Apple Jacks 42.90%
Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries 42.30%
Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original 41.40%

As an alternative to these unhealthy choices, EWG suggests oatmeal with fruits and nuts, smoothies, granola with yogurt, etc. Please use our search engine to find out healthy and delicious breakfasts.

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2 comments to “Children’s cereals: Too much sugar”

December 19, 2011 Rebekah said:

It was shocking to me to see Cheerios in the photo as I had always checked it’s sugar levels. Glad to have read the actual study to find that it was mentioned in: “6 Good Big-Brand Cereals

These meet nutrition guidelines and are easy to find but may include ingredients that are genetically modified or grown with pesticides:

Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats:
Unfrosted Bite- Size,
Frosted Big Bite,
Frosted Bite-Size,
Frosted Little Bite
General Mills Cheerios Original**
General Mills Kix Original**

** These meet the Interagency Working Group’s interim 2016 sodium guideline but not the final guideline scheduled to take effect in 2021 (IWG 2011). ”

Picture was rather misleading.

Cinzia Cuneo
December 19, 2011 Cinzia said:

Hi Rebekah, thanks for your comment. I see your point that the picture may be misleading. All we wanted to do was to get parents’ attention and we got a picture with a variety of known cereals.

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