10 Worst Cereals for Kids According to Safety Group

Suzee Skwiot | May 16, 2014 Big Kid

bowl of cerealThe first, and most important, meal of the day is meant to keep us energized and going and ready to start the day. For the kids, it gets them prepped to take on school. But when it comes to what breakfasts feed our children, researchers have found that one bowl of cereal every day is the same as eating 10 pounds of sugar every year.

In their annual evaluation of the most sugary cereals, the Environmental Working Group found that the worst cereals contained up to 15 grams of sugar per serving. And that one serving of crunchy and sweet cereal equaled 50 percent of a child's recommended intake of sugar.

Here are the most sugary cereals by grams of sugar per serving, from pretty bad to the absolute worst. Read at your own risk!

What breakfast cereals do you serve your family? Does #7 make your breastfast table?


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  • Kellogg’s Apple Jacks


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    Regular Apple Jacks are filled with apple and cinammon flavors ... and, according to the EWG report, approximately 12 grams of sugar per one cup serving!

  • Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original


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    Yes, they're yummy, and they form a very distinct film on the roof of your mouth, but they're also filled with 12 grams of sugar per serving.

  • Kellogg's Smorz


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    Think about it, they're graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow in cereal form. And with 13 grams of sugar per serving, it's almost as much as eating an actual smore!

  • Quaker Oh's Honey Graham


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    With oat rings filled with graham cracker bits in the middle, the cereals have 12 grams of sugar per serving. They're basically two cereals in one, and the sugar count reflects that.

  • Kellogg's Apple Jacks With Marshmallows


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    Apple Jacks already have 12 grams of sugar per serving, but the added marshmallows up the cereal to 14 grams of sugar.

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


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    The serving size has about 130 calories and 15 grams of sugar, but the recipe has not changed during the past 4 years, when the brand was first exposed for its sugary components.

  • Kellogg's Froot Loops Marshmallow


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    The one-cup serving size has 14 grams of sugar per serving, which adds up to 47 percent of a child's daily sugar intake.

  • Post Golden Crisp


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    The oat kernels are coated in just straight sugary syrup. Sure, they're delicious, but they're full of sugary additives. Each serving has 52 percent sugar by weight, 14 grams of sugar, and is 47 percent of a child's daily sugar intake.


  • Malt-O-Meal Golden Puffs


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    The final two contenders are identically as bad. Malt-O-Meal's Golden Puffs have 50 percent of a child's daily intake of sugar. All in that tiny 3/4 cup!

  • Kellogg's Honey Smacks


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    The sugary cereal, headlined by Dig'em Frog, has 56 percent sugar by weight, 15 grams of sugar per serving (which is 3/4 cup), and has 50 percent of a child's daily sugar intake!


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