We’ve all seen the commercials. Mothers lovingly pour cereal into the bowls of their excited children. Mom is smiling because she’s happy she can give her little one a bowl of something healthy without complaints. These commercials are pretty deceptive, though. Companies often claim their cereals are nutritious, but some of those “healthy cereals” are just as jammed full of sugar as Count Chocula and Fruity Pebbles.
As you browse the breakfast aisle during your next shopping trip, steer clear of these cereals:
Kellogg’s Original Fruit Loops
Kellogg’s is a brand famous for boasting health facts that deem their cereals acceptable for a wholesome breakfast, and their famous Fruit Loops is no exception. However, all those heath facts fall flat when compared to the sugar content of the cereal. When researchers weighed the cereal to measure the ingredients, they found that 41.4% of the weight was sugar.
Some cereals that have high sugar counts makeup for their sugar content with lots of fiber and protein. Honeycomb isn’t one of them. The cereal contains only 2 grams of protein, less than a gram of fiber, 150 milligrams of sodium, and 10 full grams of sugar. Honeycomb is full of sugar and spice, but nothing nice.
Kellogg’s Apple Jacks
Just because this cereal has the name apple in it, doesn’t make it healthy. Apple Jacks is 42.9% sugar and has none of the nutritional value of its namesake. Though the cereal boasts to have dried apple in it, the proportion of real apple to sugar and carbohydrates is too small to truly even count.
Quaker Oats’ Life
Often thought to be healthy, Life doesn’t have nearly enough protein or fiber to keep someone full. With only 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, 160 milligrams of sodium, and 6 grams of sugar. The sugar count on this cereal isn’t as high as others, but with so little nutritional value nothing about this cereal is healthy.
Quaker Oats’ Cap n’ Crunch
What may be more alarming than the 12 grams of sugar is the amount of salt this cereal contains. One serving packs 210 milligrams of salt! Cap n’ Crunch also contains only one gram of protein and less than a gram of fiber.
Kellogg’s Honey Smacks
A serving of Honey Smacks contains more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie. Let that sink in for a minute. This cereal, which is 55.6% sugar, is more unhealthy than what’s long been known as one of the unhealthiest foods. As mentioned above, the Honey Smacks box also contains the health facts used to try and market the cereal as being a healthy breakfast choice. However, with the amount of sugar the cereal contains, all other nutrients are rather ineffective and pale in comparison.
Don’t let misleading advertising and nutrition facts lead you astray. Make sure you’re doing your research and thoroughly reading labels to understand what you are eating. Even if something doesn’t seem unhealthy by looking at the numbers, remember to keep the serving size in mind. 6 grams of sugar is a lot when the serving size is only half a cup of cereal.