Breakfast cereals loaded with sugar

A recent report states the kids, if they have a daily bowl of cereal for breakfast, are consuming more than 10 pounds of sugar each year. Many “kid-friendly” cereals add lots of sugars make them taste more appealing. And it’s not just the children’s cereals anymore, says Le Bonheur Dietitian Katelyn Wolfe, MS, RD, CSP, LDN.

Brands like Raisin Bran and Kellogg's Crunchy Nut have 18 ad 13 grams, respectively, in just 1 cup of dry cereal. Cereal manufacturers have really tried to decrease the amount of sugars added to this breakfast-favorite over the previous few years. However, the cereals still may have more than our bodies need.

Follow these three tips from Katelyn to be a savvy cereal shopper for you and your family:

  • Look for cereals that have no more than 9 grams of sugars per 1 cup serving (or no more than 7 grams per ¾ cup serving).
  • Look to see if your cereal lists “whole grain” as the first ingredient. Ingredients are listed by weight from most to least, so a first ingredient of whole grains would be better than if it were further down on the ingredient list. Many cereals may state “contain whole grains” but do not have whole grains listed as the first ingredient.
  • Pick for cereals with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving.