Study finds high sugar content in cereals

by Eric Schroeder
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YONKERS, N.Y. — A new nutrition ratings report from Consumer Reports on cereals marketed heavily to children found only 4 of the 27 cereals studied rated "very good," and 23 of 27 rated only "good" or "fair" for nutrition. The report, which appears in the November issue of Consumer Reports, found two cereals, Post Golden Crisp and Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, contained more than 50% sugar, while nine others had at least 40% sugar. The four cereals that ranked "very good" for nutrition were Cheerios, which topped the ratings with 3 grams of dietary fiber per serving and only 1 gram of sugar, Kix, Honey Nut Cheerios and Life. "Be sure to read the product labels, and choose cereals that are high in fiber and low in sugar and sodium," said Gayle Williams, deputy editor for Consumer Reports Health. "Served with milk and fruit, these cereals can be part of a well-balanced, nutritious breakfast." The report’s ratings were based on product label information concerning nutrition and recommended serving size. The full report is available at www.consumerreportshealth.org.

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