Top 5 Most Sugary Cereals To Avoid

A new report from the Environmental Working Group found that on average, children’s cereals were 34% sugar by weight, and some were more than 50%. Here are the worst offenders and some better alternatives.

3. 5. Froot Loops with Marshmallow

Ahem, this is NOT a good source of Vitamin D, as the box says. With 14g (or 2.5 teaspoons) of sugar per serving, though, it is a good source of empty calories.

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4. 4. Apple Jacks with Marshmallows

The marshmallows bring this up to 14g of sugar per serving; without them, regular Apple Jacks are “only” 12g per.

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5. 3. Golden Crisp

Oh hey look, it’s a Sugar Bear selling 14g of sugar in every bowl. AW.

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6. 2. Golden Puffs

This is actually a knockoff of Golden Crisp. Maybe Malt-O-Meal is adding the extra sugar to their version so you won’t notice it’s not the real thing?

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7. 1. Honey Smacks

There are 15g of sugar in every serving of Honey Smacks — more than any other ingredient, including actual honey.

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9. Being low in sugar doesn’t mean high in nutrition, so add some almond milk and fresh berries to these cereals for a healthier breakfast, says food coach and nutritionist Dana James. Or try oatmeal for an easy, healthy breakfast.

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10. 5. Crispix

With 4g of sugar — or 1 teaspoon — per serving, Crispix isn’t the best choice out there, but it’s not terrible either.

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11. 4. Rice Krispies

Also with 4g of sugar, Rice Krispies are another decent breakfast option.

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12. 3. Corn Flakes

There are 3g of sugar per serving of Corn Flakes. Not bad.

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13. 2. Cheerios

Only 1g of sugar!!

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14. 1. Gluten-Free Rice Krispies

Only 1g of sugar per serving: See, Kellogg’s — you can make healthy cereal!

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