Ready-to-eat cereals account for a relatively small amount of a child's daily sugar intake.
On average, cereals – including presweetened cereals – provide only 4 percent of children's daily sugar intake.6
Some cereals are low in sugar, and some are presweetened. Below are a couple of cereals side-by-side.
Cheerios has 100 calories, and 1 gram of sugar per serving. It's low in fat and naturally cholesterol free. Its No. 1 ingredient is whole grain oats. It delivers 14 vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin D.
Trix is sweetened. It has 120 calories, and 10 grams of sugar per serving. It is low in fat, and naturally cholesterol free. Its No. 1 ingredient is whole grain corn. It delivers 14 vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin D.
Both cereals are lower in calories than most other breakfast options. Both are low in fat.
Both deliver key vitamins and minerals. Both have at least 9 grams of whole grain per serving. Both products are good breakfast choices from a calorie and nutrition standpoint.
Eating cereal, including sweetened cereal, is also associated with improved nutrient intake for children.54, 55
And regardless of sweetness level, children who eat cereal have healthier body weights than those who don’t eat cereal.54, 55
6 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [2007-08][http.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes].
54 Albertson AM et al. The Relationship between Ready-to-Eat Cereal Consumption Categorized by Sugar Content and Body Measures in American Children: Results from NHANES 2001- 06 Nutr Research 2001;31:229-236.
55 O’Neil CE et al. Presweetened and Nonpresweetened Ready-to-Eat Cereals at Breakfast Are Associated With Improved Nutrient Intake but Not With Increased Body Weight of Children References 12 and Adolescents: NHANES 1999-2002.