Healthy Cereals For Kids – Are We Feeding Our Kids Too Much Sugar?

Since it’s National Cereal Day I wanted to post a video from Fox31 in Denver where they discuss Healthy cereals for kids, some of which are surprisingly bad for our children.

When it comes to choosing the right cereal for your child, calories are normally not a huge issue as most are under 200 calories per serving, which is not that much for a breakfast for younger children. But, one of the main things you should be doing is making sure your kids are not getting TOO much sugar in their cereals. And as you’ll see from this video, the ones you thought were healthy and that you probably would have chosen for your children are not the best choices.

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As a Dad of two little ones, I know how much of a struggle it can be sometimes to choose a cereal that not only I can live with feeding to my kids, but that the kids are interested in eating. As in most households, kids will gravitate towards the sweeter cereals that normally have a fun cartoon character or where the box looks more interesting. But, the most surprising thing is that those cereals may NOT be that bad for your kids compared to a few other ‘healthier’ looking options.

Take for instance the cereals that Fox31 spoke about in this video. Here’s the breakdown of the approximate amount of calories and sugar per 1-cup serving for each of them:

  • Kellogg’s Raisin Bran  — 190 calories, 18g Sugar
  • General Mills Wheat Chex  — 200 calories, 6.25g Sugar
  • Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes  — 138 calories, 13.75g Sugar
  • Post Honey Bunches of Oats — 150 calories, 7.5g Sugar
  • General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch  — 163 calories, 12.5g Sugar
  • General Mills Cocoa Puffs  — 150 Calories, 17.5g Sugar

I would have thought that Wheat Chex and Raisin Bran would have been the winners when it comes to cereals that are good for kids but when it comes to sugar content, Raisin Bran has the HIGHEST amount out of all of them! From this list, it really looks like the winners are Wheat Chex and Honey Bunches of Oats, but will kids really enjoy them?

In our household we’ve tried out best to limit the amount of sugar that our 6-year old daughter consumes before school and I can tell you it has done wonders for her conduct and attention span. We do occasionally let her have a bowl of her favorite cereal or even a Pop Tart when she’s been really good, but we do try to mix in what we consider healthier cereals like Cheerios and Rice Krispies so she goes to school with a full stomach and not as much sugar running through her veins. She will sometimes give us grief about wanting the Cocoa Puffs or some other not-so-healthy cereal but for the most part she is content with eating just about anything in the morning and has been doing well in school too, so it appears to be working OK.

So, my advice is that you should follow the recommendations from Fox31 when it comes to cereals and make sure you are giving your children a good healthy cereal with the least amount of sugar as possible. Again, the calories are normally not a big issue for us (most of these cereals are not more than 200 calories for a 1-cup serving) but the sugar is VERY important so read the labels and make sure you’re giving your kids the healthiest breakfast you possibly can.

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