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  • 10/8/2008

High sugar content in cereal, unhealthy

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A new study has found that the majority of breakfast cereals commonly advertised for children contain more than 50 percent sugar.

While an ideal cereal should be relatively low in sugar and sodium, and high in fiber, iron and calcium, the study published in Consumers International reported that many of the commonly sold cereals are high in calorie and low in nutritional value and fiber.

The report found Post's Golden Crisps and Kellogg's Honey Smacks to be the worst cereals as they contain the highest amount of sugar and have the lowest amount of fiber.

The study revealed that Cheerios and Kix (General Mills) and Life (Quaker Oats) are the best choices for the children.

Kellogg's Rice Krispies had the least sugar content per serving; however, it was classified in the 'fair' group due to being rich in sodium and containing no dietary fiber.

Despite the high sugar content of Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size, it was ranked 'good' because of its low sodium and high fiber content.

Researchers urged parents to control their children’s serving size, suggesting the use of smaller bowls and not allowing the child to have a second or third bowl.


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