Sunday, February 26, 2012

10 Sugar Bombs Healthier Than Children's Cereal

10 Sugar Bombs Healthier Than Children's Cereal

According to an article from, you wouldn’t serve Oreos or ice cream sandwiches for breakfast, but you’re ingesting a similar amount of sugar when you eat some kids’ cereals

By Emily G. W. Chau
Sweet Scott!
A Twinkie is hardly the breakfast of champions, but it turns out that the much-maligned childhood favorite contains less sugar than a bowl of Honey Smacks. According to a report from the Environmental Working Group, a number of cereals pack at least as much sugar as cookies, candies, and cakes—turning the most important meal of the day into another opportunity for dessert. (Search: Healthy breakfast ideas) To show just how bad children’s cereal can be, we’ve rounded up 10 surprising foods that contain fewer grams of sugar than the worst cereal offenders.* The findings are hardly sweet.

You might not believe it, but these golden cakes contain less sugar than a bowl of Honey Smacks. Twinkies pack a whopping 18 g of sugar per roll, but the Kellogg’s breakfast cereal contains more—a full 20 g of sugar per cup.

Klondike Ice Cream Sandwich
If you’re shoveling spoonfuls of Golden Crisps into your mouth for breakfast, you might as well be eating dessert. One cup of Golden Crisps contains more sugar than a Klondike ice cream sandwich (18.7 g vs. 16 g).

Milano Double Chocolate Cookies
Holy sugar bomb, Batman! You can chomp down two Milano Double Chocolate cookies and still get less of a sugar rush than if you ate 1 cup of Froot Loops Marshmallow cereal. Two cookies contain 10 g of sugar, while the cereal has 14 g per cup, or one extra teaspoon of sugar.

Ho Hos
Ho Hos are hardly healthy, but one of these chocolate and cream rolls contains one less gram of sugar than a bowl of Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries (14 g vs. 15 g). Oops is right.

Jolly Ranchers
Finish off four of these suckers and you’ve still got sugar to spare compared to a bowl of original Cap’n Crunch. Essentially pure sugar, four Jolly Ranchers contain 14.7 g; a bowl of the Cap’n contains 16 g.

Pixy Stix
Pour seven Pixy Stix down your throat and you’ve almost eaten as much sugar as if you munched on a cup of Oh!s—but not quite. While a fistful of sugar sticks contains 15 g of sugar, a bowl of the seemingly innocuous Oh!s packs 16 g.

Chips Ahoy
You’re practically eating spoonfuls of sugar—or cookies—if you pour yourself some Kellogg’s Smorz cereal. One cup of the chocolaty, marshmallow-y cereal has two more grams of sugar than three Chips Ahoy cookies (13 g vs 11 g).

Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnut
Nothing says sugar overload quite like a Krispy Kreme doughnut fresh out of the oven, but fact is, a cup of Apple Jacks contains more of the sweet stuff. While a doughnut will set you back 10 g of sugar, the appley Os sneak in 12 g per cup.

Any way you twist ‘em, three Oreos actually have fewer grams of sugar than a cup of Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries (14 g vs 14.7 g).

Starbucks Iced Caffe Latte
Coffee drinks get a bad rap for packing hidden sugars—and for good reason. However, kid’s cereal can sneak in even more. Who knew, but a grande iced caffe latte actually has one less gram of sugar than a bowl of original Froot Loops.


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