Thursday, April 12, 2012

Speaking of sugar (which, of course, I have been) have you seen this????

Would you eat Chips Ahoy for breakfast (be honest....I know, on occasion, I have)???  Well, here's a report on the breakfast cereals that have as much (or more) sugar in them as Chips Ahoy and Twinkies!  The upside of Twinkies is they're pretty honest.  They are what they are and aren't trying to hide behind claims of "good for you".  Prepare to be shocked!

Sugar in Children's Cereals

Popular brands pack more sugar than snack cakes and cookies

Parents have good reason to worry about the sugar content of children's breakfast cereals, according to an Environmental Working Group review of 84 popular brands.

Kellogg's Honey Smacks, at nearly 56 percent sugar by weight, leads the list of high-sugar cereals, according to EWG's analysis.

A one-cup serving of Honey Smacks packs more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie, and one cup of any of 44 other children's cereals has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies.

More sugar than a Twinkie

One cup of any of three popular children's cereals contains more sugar than a Twinkie: Kellogg's Honey Smacks, Post Golden Crisp, and General Mills Wheaties Fuel.
Honey Smacks: 20 grams of sugar | Twinkies: 18 grams of sugar.
Source: EWG analysis of product nutrition labels.

More sugar than Chips Ahoy!

One cup of any of 44 children's cereals – including Honey Nut Cheerios, Apple Jacks, and Cap'n Crunch – contains more sugar than 3 Chips Ahoy! cookies.
Honey Nut Cheerios: 12 grams of sugar | Chips Ahoy!: 11 grams of sugar.
Source: EWG analysis of product nutrition labels.

Most children's cereals fail to meet the federal government's proposed voluntary guidelines for foods nutritious enough to be marketed to children. Sugar is the top problem, but many also contain too much sodium or fat or not enough whole grain.
The bottom line: Most parents say no to dessert for breakfast, but many children's cereals have just as much sugar as a dessert – or more. Simple-to-prepare, healthy breakfasts for children can include fresh fruit and high-fiber, lower-sugar cereals. Better yet, pair that fruit with homemade oatmeal.

***Please don't take this information as "diet" advice or me saying you should never eat these foods!    The reason I bring this to your attention is we are trying to be more mindful of the choices we make.

There is nothing wrong with having these cereals if you understand the choice that your making.  Sugar in the morning has the same effect as sugar in the afternoon.  It just drives me crazy when a product is marketing so we believe it's one thing (a healthy option to start the day) and in reality turns out to be something else (a food choice that may set us up for cravings the rest of the day!)

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