10 'Healthy' Cereals That Could Be Bad for Kids

Suzee Skwiot | Jun 25, 2014 Big Kid

cerealBreakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, and what better ingredients to include in it than vitamins. Right? Maybe not. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), overly fortified cereals can be bad for kids

In its annual report, the organization found that some popular cereals contain lots of zinc, niacin, and vitamin A.That doesn't sound so bad, so what's the problem?

Apparently, eating too much vitamin A can cause liver and bone damage; increased zinc intakes can harm the immune system; and high levels of niacin can lead to vomiting and rashes. And, according to EWG, the nutritional information for cereal is usually calculated for adult intake, not kids.

Sounds scary right?

Consider this: It all begs the question of whether any kid is actually even eating some of these cereals -- many of them seem more "adult." And even if a kid is eating some of them, are they eating so much cereal that they'd ever enter the "danger" zone the EWG is worried about?

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As with anything, maybe it's just a matter of reading labels, and eating smart and in moderation.

Here, for your information are the 10 worst offenders, according to the EWG.

Are you worried about your kid's cereal?


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  • General Mills Total + Omega-3 Honey Almond Flax


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    The cereal contains grain flakes, honey-sweetened almonds, and flax clusters. The EWG takes issue with the amounts of zinc and nicacin.

  • Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies


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    The 2.3 ounce serving that's held in the small plastic containers has more than the daily recommended amount of Vitamin A for a child.

  • General Mills Total Whole Grain


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    It's whole grain so it must be good, right? Not so much, according to EWG tests.

  • Kashi U 7 Whole Grain Flakes & Granola with Black Currants & Walnuts


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    On it's own, the cereal contains about 50 percent of a child's recommended daily Vitamin A intake. But with with the added milk, the combination surpasses the necessary amount.

  • Kellogg's All-Bran Complete, Wheat Flakes


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    Each serving of the cereal has 20 percent of an adult's recommended daily fiber, but too much zinc and niacin for a child.

  • General Mills Total Raisin Bran


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    Just like the omega 3 cereal, this Total breakfast food overexposes children to zinc and niacin.

  • Kellogg's Krave, Chocolate


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    The crispy golden cereals are filled with a sweet chocolate center... and mucho Vitamin A.

  • Kellogg's Product 19


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    It has vitamin E, folic acid, and iron. But also large amounts of zinc and niacin.

  • Kellogg's Smart Start, Original Antioxidants


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    The cereal is already full of antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and beta carotene. Plus, don't forget about the zinc and niacin too.

  • General Mills Wheaties Fuel


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    As an offshoot of the classic cereal, this rendition has crunchy whole wheat flakes, mounds of granola, and clusters of crispy rice. And it also has far too much niacin for the average child so maybe Mom and Dad shouldn't share.

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