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Parenting advice: Watch those sugary cereals!

Author John Thompson
Submitted 04-10-2008

We all know that breakfast is an important meal that keeps children healthy, but a new study by Consumer Reports may cause fathers to reevaluate what their kids eat in the mornings.

The research analyzed 27 popular cereals sold in supermarkets and discovered that many of them are at least 40 percent sugar by weight – with two options (Post Golden Crisp and Kellogg’s Honey Smacks) consisting of 50 percent sugar.

"Parents who would never give their children doughnuts for breakfast may be choosing these cereals without knowing that from a nutritional standpoint they really aren’t much better," Gayle Williams of Consumer Reports Health told WebMD.

Don’t worry – If your child is a cereal devotee, it may not be too much of a challenge to your parenting skills to identify healthier options.

The Consumer Reports parenting advice recommends choosing a cereal that received a "very good" rating in the study, such as Cheerios, Kix, Life or Honey Nut Cheerios.

Not only do these products contain lower quantities of sugar, they also offer at least two grams of fiber per serving and are low in sodium.