Would you feed your child a Twinkie for breakfast? According to a report by the Environmental Working Group, they will get even more sugar from Kellogg's Honey Smacks. It contains 20 grams of sugar and is 56% sugar by weight. Yikes!
The EWG reports that children who have a breakfast high in sugar have more problems at school:
"They become more frustrated during the day and have a harder time working independently. By lunchtime they have less energy, are hungrier, show attention deficits and make more mistakes on their work."
We all want to send our children off to school with the healthiest breakfast. There are lots of things to consider when choosing a healthy cereal: sugar content, fiber, sodium, fat, whole grain content and artificial colors and preservatives. I feel like I need a degree in nutrition to tackle this one. Luckily we have the EWG to guide us.
Here are the EWG's 10 worst children's cereals based on percentage of sugar by weight:
Here are the EWG's list of best cereals, low in sugar and without GMO's and artificial colors and preservatives:
Here's the EWG's list of healthier choices that are a bit easier to find. These may contain GMO's and/or artificial colors and preservatives but have less sugar.
Of course cereal is not the only choice for breakfast - oatmeal, smoothies, eggs, greek yogurt with granola or whole wheat toast spread with peanut butter are also super healthy.
For more information:
Next - my top ten lower sugar cereal choices.
What are the favorite cereals at your house?