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 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.