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.
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?