Would you serve your child a Duncan glazed donut for breakfast?

by: M.E. Welch

Some Kids Cereals are 50 percent SugarSome Kids Cereals are 50 percent Sugar so I would think that most parents would not. However, many people do not realize that certain cereals contain more sugar than the aforementioned donut!

If diabetes is in your family you and your children are at more risk to get the disease.  It makes sense to start at an early age, teaching and encouraging your children to watch what they eat, especially when it comes to sugar. One cookie for a snack, for example, not 6!

Limiting sweets and snacks not only can help prevent diabetes, but also a slew of other health problems than can arise along with their complications.  Obesity and heart disease are two major ones that come to mind.

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Lets take a closer look at three of the most common cereals and what they contain: sugar, salt and fiber wise.

The first and the worst is Kelloggs Honey Smacks.  People my age (47) will probably remember these sweet morsels as Sugar Smacks when they were kids.  Kelloggs should have kept the original name. Just because it is now honey and not sugar does not make it more nutritious!

Honey Smacks contains:
A whopping 15 grams of sugar (3 more grams than the glazed donut).
200 grams of sodium.
Less than 1 gram of fiber.
All for 1/3 of a cup as a serving not including the milk!

 

 

Our friend the Cap’n contains:
12 grams of sugar.
200 grams of sodium.
1 gram of fiber.
1/3 of a cup as a serving, milk not included

 

 

One of my childhood fav’s, Froot Loops contains:
12 grams of sugar.
200 grams of sodium.
1 gram of fiber.
1/3 of a cup as a serving, milk not included

 

 

Lets also take a look at three of the top cereals that are good for kids:

Great for everyone, not only kids.
1 grams of sugar.
160 grams of sodium.
3 grams of fiber.
1/3 of a cup as a serving, milk not included

 

 

6 grams of sugar.
160 grams of sodium.
3 grams of fiber.
1/3 of a cup as a serving, milk not included

 

 

 

9 grams of sugar.
180 grams of sodium.
2 grams of fiber.
1/3 of a cup as a serving, milk not included

 

Of course these are just a few examples of the many breakfast cereals available today. The bottom line is when it comes to your children’s food choice’s, take a moment before you throw the box into the shopping basket and read the nutrition label to see what your feeding the kids.

In the long run, the decisions you make today can have a vast impact on your children when they grow up.

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