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How Does Your Cereal Measure Up? — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
May 16, 2014

How Does Your Cereal Measure Up?

By Kelly Young

A child who eats a bowl of cereal every day could end up consuming 10 pounds of sugar over a year, according to an analysis of over 1500 cereals by the Environmental Working Group.

Some of the winners in terms of low sugar include Rice Krispies, Cheerios, Chex, and Crispix. Cereals that made the EWG's Hall of Shame, which requires that the cereal contain at least 50% sugar by weight, include Honey Smacks, Golden Puffs, and Golden Crisp. Granolas are also high on the sugary list.

The EWG recommends that people consume no more than a teaspoon (4 grams) of sugar per serving. They also tell consumers to keep in mind that serving sizes listed on cereal packaging are notoriously small.

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