Breakfast or Dessert? Some Cereals Have More Sugar Than Cookies

Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:07pm

A new study by the Environmental Working Group reveals many popular children's cereals have more sugar in them than dessert items like Twinkies and cookies.

The EWG reviewed 84 popular cereal brands and rated Kellogg's Honey Smacks as the worst offender at nearly 56 percent sugar by weight. The report shows one cup of each Honey Smacks, Post Golden Crisp, and General Mills Wheaties Fuel has more sugar than a Twinkie. One cup of any of 44 cereals, including Honey Nut Cheerios, Apple Jacks, and Cap'n Crunch, have more sugar than three Chips Ahoy cookies.

Shopper Bill Pyle was surprised his Honey Nut Cheerios was chock full of sugar.

"How about that? So I'm eating three cookies for breakfast is what I'm doing," exclaimed Pyle.

The study notes not all Cheerios are alike. Cheerios original are only 3.6% sugar by weight, much lower than the Honey Nut's 32.1%.

The EWG ranked six big-brand children's cereals as good: Kellogg's Mini-Wheats, including Unfrosted Bite-Size, Frosted Big Bite, Frosted Bite-Size, and Frosted Little Bite, General Mills Cheerios Original, and General Mills Kix Original.

The EWG recommends shoppers look on the upper shelves on the cereal aisle for cereals that have a short ingredient list, are high in fiber, and have few or no added sugars.

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