Who doesn’t like a nice bowl of breakfast cereal in the morning?  Easy, tasty and healthy right?  Well not so fast.  If you actually take the time to read the labels on those cereals you are eating you may actually find there is a LOT of sugar going into making it taste the way it does.

Boxes with labels that advertise low calories, high fiber and bran may come off as the healthier options, but a look at those cereals’ nutrition panels show that some of them have  as much sugar content as the unhealthier seeming option.

Why are we focusing on the sugar aspect so much?  Well, it is mostly the fact that sugar represents empty calories and it is these calories that are related to obesity according to the World Health Organization.  According to the Association we are only to be ingesting 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar every day.

So let’s take a look at some popular brands and see if you are surprised as to where yours stacks up.


(Per Cup)

Raisin Bran -21 Grams

General Mills Oatmeal Crisp (Crunchy Almond) 14 grams

Kellogg’s Mini Wheats 11 grams

Special K Original 8 grams

All Brand Buds 7 grams

Cheerios Multi Grain 6 grams

Honey Bunches of Oats 6 grams

Life Cinnamon 6 grams

All Brans Complete Wheat Flakes 5 grams

Rice Krispies 4 grams

Wheaties 4 grams

Corn Flakes 2 grams

Cheerios 1 grams

Fibre One 0 grams

Shredded Wheat 0 grams


In conclusion just remember: breakfast is a very important meal of the day, so why not give it some respect and choose your morning munchies wisely!


What is your favourite breakfast cereal or breakfast meal?  Are you surprised at the numbers above?

Let us know what you think!