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Many Cereals Are Extremely Bad for Children

This week, the Environmental Working Group released a study revealing that children’s cereal contained an average of 40 percent more sugar per “serving” than adult cereals. Researchers used EWG’s comprehensive food database to determine the sugar content in each cereal. Data came from FoodEssentials, a company that compiles details about the ingredients in foods sold in American supermarkets. Rankings were calculated by comparing the total sugar content by weight with guidelines issued by federal health agencies.

Now, onto the good stuff: Which cereals made their "Hall of Shame"?


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Among the prime offenders: the poorly named "Mom's Best" Honey-Ful Wheat, something called "Honey Ringee Os," and Safeway Kitchen Silly Circles, which refers to what your children will do after consuming too much cereal.

These breakfast treats have more than 50 percent sugar by weight:

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks
Malt-O-Meal Golden Puffs
Mom’s Best Cereals Honey-Ful Wheat
Malt-O-Meal Berry Colossal Crunch with Marshmallows
Post Golden Crisp
Grace Instant Green Banana Porridge
Blanchard & Blanchard Granola
Lieber’s Cocoa Frosted Flakes
Lieber’s Honey Ringee Os
Food Lion Sugar Frosted Wheat Puffs
Krasdale Fruity Circles
Safeway Kitchens Silly Circles

Not all is lost. It seems Rice Krispies are actually good for you.

The Lowest-Sugar Cereals:
Kellogg’s Rice Crispies, Gluten-Free
General Mills Cheerios
Post 123 Sesame Street, C is for Cereal
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
Kellogg’s Rice Crispies
Kellogg’s Crispex Cereal

Who needs coffee?

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