10 'Healthy' Cereals That Could Be Bad for Kids

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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jcjs10 jcjs10

I appreciate the info, but I would bet 99% of kids don't eat most of those particular cereals.

Lascivus Jones

My kids' breakfast are eggs, grits/bread and turkey bacon. Or plain oatmeal with water.

nonmember avatar Sarah

To become toxic with any of those nutrients there would have to be an extremely high amount consumed. They are water soluble so the body takes what it needs and gets rid of the rest through the urine. So let the kids have their cocoa krispies it won't hurt them

Delphine Keymolen

I don't buy any manufactured products anymore, for breakfast my kids have organic fruits and home made whole grain bread! This way i'm sure they get what they really need to be healthy

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