Breakfast Cereals For Children Are A Lot Of Sugar – Part 1 of 3
Breakfast Cereals For Children Are A Lot Of Sugar. Getting kids to heartily eat nutritious, low-sugar breakfast cereals may be child’s play, researchers report. A fresh study finds that children will gladly chow down on low-sugar cereals if they’re given a selection of choices at breakfast, and many compensate for any missing sweetness by opting for fruit instead. The 5-to-12-year-olds in the swat still ate about the same amount of calories regardless of whether they were allowed to choose from cereals high in sugar or a low-sugar selection.
However, the kids weren’t inherently opposed to healthier cereals, the researchers found. “Don’t be shocked that your child is going to refuse to eat breakfast. The kids will eat it,” said study co-author Marlene B Schwartz, reserve director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.
Nutritionists have long frowned on sugary breakfast cereals that are heavily marketed by cereal makers and gobbled up by kids. In 2008, Consumer Reports analyzed cereals marketed to kids and found that each serving of 11 influential brands had about as much sugar as a glazed donut. The magazine also reported that two cereals were more than half sugar by heaviness and nine others were at least 40 percent sugar.
This week, food giant General Mills announced that it is reducing the sugar levels in its cereals geared toward children, although they’ll still have much more sugar than many matured cereals. In the meantime, many parents believe that if cereals aren’t loaded with sweetness, kids won’t eat them.