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Dessert for Breakfast: 10 Most Sugary Kids Cereals

By Monica Bielanko |

Some cereals have more sugar than Chips Ahoy cookies!

Cereal. Kids love it. It’s the highlight of every trip to the grocery store for children …  and mom’s nightmare.

When I was growing up we were each allowed to pick out one box of cereal per month and keep it in our room. We could ration it as best we wanted but when it was gone we had to hop on board the giant bagged cereal program. You know, the cheap stuff.

Regardless of whether it was in a box or bag, we always went for the sugary stuff.

Now, as Shine from Yahoo reports, if your kid is eating cereal in the morning, your kid is basically eating dessert for breakfast.


As Yahoo reports:

According to a new report on sugar in children’s cereals published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), more than half of the 84 brands tested contained at least 12 grams of sugar, or the equivalent of three teaspoons, per serving. That’s more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies. Moreover, only one out of four cereals tested met the federal government’s proposed guidelines for food nutritious enough to be marketed to children.

Here are the worst offenders:

10 worst children’s cereals (based on sugar by weight)

1. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks (55.6% sugar)

2. Post Golden Crisps (51.9% sugar)

3. Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow (48.3% sugar)

4. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries (46.9% sugar)

5. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original (44.4% sugar)

6. Quaker Oats Oh!s (44.4% sugar)

7. Kellogg’s Smorz (43.3% sugar)

8. Kellogg’s Apple Jacks (42.9% sugar)

9. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Berries (42.3% sugar)

10 Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original (41.4% sugar)

To find out which cereals meet the government’s nutritional guidelines (and there are some good ones!) click on over to Yahoo.

So which cereal reigns supreme in your household? Is it on the list?

Plus, check out the 10 most unhealthy “health” foods for kids

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About Monica Bielanko


Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Dessert for Breakfast: 10 Most Sugary Kids Cereals

  1. bob says:

    Since we eat by the bowl rather than the ounce, a list by volume would be preferable. Puffed wheat is mostly air, after all.

  2. Shandeigh says:

    We only ever got to eat boxed cereal on Saturday and I plan to do that with my son too… so I’m not worried about it. If you’re feeding your kid boxed cereal everday.. you’ve got bigger problems than how much sugar is in it.

  3. Andrea says:

    My kids don’t watch commercial television, so they have not been “sold” on the sugary cereals. Grocery shopping is pretty easy. The few times they have had Fruit Loops or Golden Grahams (thanks, Grandma), it was always as a snack, never for breakfast. Parents who allow their children to eat this as a first morning meal – jeez! Seriously, what is wrong with people? Do they really care so little, even about their own children?

  4. DeservingPorcupine says:

    I grew up on a steady diet of Coco Pebbles and Fruit Loops every day. Not to mention the peanut butter and nutella sandwiches packed in my school lunches. And yes, I have some serious food and weight issues. My kids get cereal, but usually just some organic oh cereal.

  5. Dave Nielsen says:

    Some of these pretentious people… “My kids don’t watch commercial television”! Hahahah! They are going to grow up really messed up. They will be like Rod and Todd Flanders. You are an idiot.

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