Choose Healthy Cereal, Some Have More Sugar Than Should

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The Consumer Reports has found that some cereals marketed in USA for children contain more sugar and fewer fiber than they should.

The report comes from Consumers International which looked at sugar and fiber percentages contained in the most popular 27 types of kids' cereals. The report found that some cereals contain more than half of sugar and almost no fiber, which is unacceptable for a mill. Some brands were putting more sugar and sodium into the food marketed to US compared with the food marketed to other countries.

Researchers reported that Post's Golden Crisps and Kellogg's Honey Smacks scored the worst, because both contain more than 50% sugar and almost no fiber: Golden Crisps contains 14 grams of sugar and less than 1 gram of fiber in one serving, and Honey Smacks contains 15 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber in a serving.

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Another 11 brands of cereals were found to contain 12 grams of sugar, which is as much as a doughnut contains. Among fairly scored cereals the report mentioned several meals marketed by Quaker Oats: Cap'n Crunch's Peanut Butter Crunch with 9 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, and 200 milligrams of sodium, Cap'n Crunch with 12 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, and 200 milligrams of sodium. Kellogg's products also scored fairly: Apple Jacks with 12 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 135 milligrams of sodium, Froot Loops with 12 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 135 milligrams of sodium, Corn Pops with 12 grams of sugar, no fiber, and 110 milligrams of sodium.

Some cereal brand scored good including General Mills's Cookie Crisp, Golden Grahams Honey Graham, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Trix, Reese's Puffs; Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size, Frosted Flakes Gold, Frosted Flakes, Cocoa Krispies, and Frosted Flakes Reduced Sugar; Post's Fruity Pebbles, Honey-Comb, Cocoa Pebbles.

Consumer Reports announced four types of cereals that are a very good choice, according to parameters, such as sugar, sodium, fiber, calcium, and iron. The 3 types are all marketed by General Mills: Cheerios contains 1 gram of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 190 milligrams of sodium, Kix contains 3 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 210 milligrams of sodium, Honey Nut Cheerios contains 9 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 190 milligrams of sodium in one serving. The fourth brand is Quaker Oats marketing Life with 6 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 160 milligrams of sodium in a serving.

Cereals are healthy and nutritious mill for having with breakfast, especially for children. However, not all brands of cereals can be called healthy, and parents are urged to be very attentive to labeling and chose the ones with less sugar, sodium amd with more fiber.

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