Top Worst Rated Cereals High In Sugar
Consumer Reports has evaluated 27 breakfast cereals that are most heavily marketed to children and have rated the top worst for their high sugar content. Two of the top worst rated cereals – Post’s Golden Crisps and Kellogg’s Honey Smacks were more than 50% sugar. Eleven of the tested cereals had more than 12 grams of sugar per serving.
Along with Post Golden Crisps and Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, the lowest rated cereals included:
Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch (Quaker Oats) – 9gm sugar, l gm fiber and 200 mg sodium.
Cap’n Crunch (Quaker Oats) – 12 gm sugar, 1 gm fiber and 200 mg sodium.
Apple Jacks (Kellogg) – 12gm sugar, less than 1 gm fiber and 125 mg sodium.
Fruit Loops (Kellogg) – 12 gm sugar, less than 1 gm fiber, and 135 mg sodium.
Corn Pops (Kellogg) – 12 gm sugar, no fiber, and 110 mg sodium.
The cereals rated “good’ still had a lot of room for improvement and some still had 12 gms sugar but at least included a bit more fiber:
General Mills: CookieCrisp, Golden Grahams Honey Graham, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Trix, Reese’s Puffs.
Kellogg: Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size, Frosted Flakes Gold, Frosted Flakes, Cocoa Krispies, and Frosted Flakes Reduced Sugar.
Post: Fruity Pebbles, Honey-Comb, Cocoa Pebbles.
Only Four of the tested cereals were rated very good because they were “relatively” low in sugar and had some fiber, iron and calcium. They are:
Cheerios (General Mills), 1 gm sugar, 3 gm fiber and 190 mg sodium.
Kix (General Mills), 3 gm sugar, 3 gm fiber and 20 mg sodium
Life (Quaker Oats), 6 gm sugar, 2 gm fiber and 160 mg sodium.
Honey Nut Cheerios (General Mills), 9 gm sugar, 2 gm fiber and 190 mg sodium.
Consumer Reports Medical Advisor Orly Avitzur, MD, says, “Americans are consuming about 15% more added sugars than they did 25 years ago, and over that time the percentage of overweight or obese adults has grown from 47% to 66%. During roughly the same time the number of overweight children in the U.S. has doubled.”
Even the cereals rated as “good” are far too sugary for children. The “Very Good” cereals would be a healthy breakfast when coupled with a piece of fruit and milk. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but parents should read product labels and be aware of sugar and fiber levels. When possible, sweeten cereal with fruit and just say no to the worst rated cereals.