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Top 10 Worst Kids’ Breakfast Cereals

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The Environmental Working Group recently conducted a survey on cereals marketed to children and studied their nutritional value.  Here is a top 10 list of the worst children’s cereals based on percent sugar by weight.


Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original

41.4% sugar



Your kids will start the day a bit “loopy”” eating these sugary rings of “froot”!


Quaker Oates Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries

42.3% sugar



The berries will turn the milk pink!


Kellogg’s Apple Jacks

42.9% sugar



The tasty circles of fake apples will jack you up!


Kellogg’s Smorz

43.3% sugar



Start the day with this cereal and you will have as much energy as a girl scouts do on camping trip…for about an 1/2 hour–then prepare for the crash!


Quaker Oates Oh!s

44.4% sugar



Give this to your kids and after breakfast you may find yourself saying “OH my God, what have I done!”


Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original

44.4% sugar



Look at the box…even the Cap’n is wired!


Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries

46.9% sugar



Third in the trilogy of cereals in the Cap’n Crunch family. Yet another cereal with over 40% sugar! OOPS! They did it again.


Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow

48.3% sugar



Even more sugar than original Froot Loops to make your kids even more loopy!


Post Golden Crisp

51.9% sugar



That’s “Sugar Bear” on the box! Years ago they changed the name from “Super Sugar Crisp” to “Golden Crisp” so parents would feel better about this purchase. Who they foolin’!


In 1953 this product also had “sugar” in the name. The former “Sugar Smacks” became “Honey Smacks” in the 1980’s. This cereal of sweetened puffed wheat has an astonishing 55% of sugar by weight. Consumer Reports says it has as much sugar as a glazed doughnut and “recommended parents to choose cereal brands with better nutrition ratings for their children”.


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