Breakfast Cereals For Children Are A Lot Of Sugar – Part 2 of 3
But is that true? In the unusual study, researchers offered different breakfast cereal choices to 91 urban children who took part in a summer day camp program in New England. Most were from minorities families and about 60 percent were Spanish-speaking.
Of the kids, 46 were allowed to elect from one of three high-sugar cereals: Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes and Cocoa Pebbles, which all have 11-12 grams of sugar per serving. The other 45 chose from three cereals that were take down in sugar: Cheerios, Rice Krispies and Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. They all have 1-4 grams of sugar per serving.
All the kids were also able to select from low-fat milk, orange juice, bananas, strawberries and extra sugar. The study findings appear in the January issue of Pediatrics. Taste did matter to kids, but when given a exquisite between the three low-sugar cereals, 90 percent “found a cereal that they liked or loved,” the authors report.
In fact, “the children were perfectly happy in both groups. It wasn’t love those in the low-sugar group said they liked the cereal less than the other ones”. The kids in both groups also took in about the same amount of calories at breakfast.