What’s your kids’ cereal packing?

A new study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has discovered many children’s cereal pack more sugar than….. a TWINKIE!  With the growing number of childhood obesity the EWG decided to see if cereal makers were following government proposed guidelines.  The EWG however found that only one in four children’s cereals meets the government panel’s voluntary proposed guidelines, which recommend no more than 26 percent added sugar by weight (EWG, 2011).

Are you afraid that what you are serving your children this morning may be on the list of worst sugary cereals?

Per EWG’s findings:

10 Worst Children’s Cereals

Based on percent sugar by weight

1.) Kellogg’s Honey Smacks 55.6%
2.) Post Golden Crisp 51.9%
3.) Kellogg’s Fruit Loops Marshmallow 48.3%
4.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries 46.9%
5.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original 44.4%
6.) Quaker Oats Oh!s 44.4%
7.) Kellogg’s Smorz 43.3%
8.) Kellogg’s Apple Jacks 42.9%
9.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries 42.3%
10.) Kellogg’s Fruit Loops Original 41.4%

Some cereals are better than others. Nutrition expert Marion Nestle recommends:

  • Cereals with a short ingredient list (added vitamins and minerals are okay).
  • Cereals high in fiber.
  • Cereals with little or no added sugars (added sugars are ingredients such as honey, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, brown sugar, corn sweetener, sucrose, lactose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup and malt syrup).

Please tell us what you think.

Do you think the sugar in these cereals have an effect on children’s behavior for the rest of the day?  Should there be a change or should parents monitor children’s consumption?