Kids' Cereal More Sugary Than Twinkies

Staff Writer
A recent study shows that some childrens' cereal contains more sugar than Twinkies

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We always knew that cereal wasn't the healthiest of breakfast options, but researchers say one-cup servings of some cereal have more sugar than (gasp) a Twinkie.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) says one cup of Kellogg's Honey Smacks, Post Golden Crisp, or General Mills Wheaties Fuel pack in more sugar than a Twinkie. Kellogg's Honey Smacks has 20 grams of sugar per cup; Twinkies have 18 grams per serving.

Even (supposedly) cholesterol-friendly Honey Nut Cheerios is too sugary. One cup of Honey Nut Cheerios has just a touch more sugar than three chocolate chip cookies from Chips Ahoy.

The best ceral according to EWG? Ambrosial Granola, Go Raw, and Grandy Oats. These may be hard to find, so if you must get your cereal fix, try Kellogg's Mini-Wheats, Cheerios Original, and Kix Original. Or if you must have sugar, just eat a Twinkie.

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