Breakfast Cereal and Children
Cereal is a staple for millions upon millions of people around the world. It’s easy, convenient, filling, and can even feel healthy at times. That is, unless you actually read the ingredients and nutrition section. Read the label on your favorite cereal and you’re likely to find a plethora of sugar, starch, refined grains, and little-to-no nutrients, fiber, or healthy ingredients.
So why would you feed your children this? The easy answer is because it’s easy to make and filling. Certainly good points. However, is your child’s health is worth so much more? Not to mention setting up their habits for the rest of their lives.
Some cereals are so bad for your children that a recent study from Consumer Reports found that “There is at least as much sugar in a serving of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks and 10 other rated cereals as there is in a glazed doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts”.
If you’re picking a cereal for your children, ensure that it is high in fiber, whole grains, low in sugar and partially hydrogenated oils.