You and your kids might be getting way too much sugar from your breakfast cereal.
A new study found children are consuming more than ten pounds of sugar annually if they eat a bowl every morning. The report covers more than a thousand cereal brands, many of which are marketed to kids.
Registered Dietitian with UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health Dawn Napoli brought in some popular cereals and compared them to desserts with the same sugar levels.
She said honey smack cereal has around the same amount of sugar as three chocolate chip cookies. Fruit loop cereal is equivalent to eating a brownie and cocoa cereals are like having a glazed donut.
That is if you eat the suggested serving size, which is typically 3/4 to one cup of cereal. But Napoli said we usually eat more than that.
She suggests flavoring plain, whole-grained cereal with vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg to make it a little more appealing. She also recommends adding real fruit instead of fruit-flavored cereal, which usually just has extra sugar as well. Napoli said look for cereals that have around three grams of fiber per serving.