Is Your Cereal Breakfast or Dessert?

HellaWella ranked your favorite cereals by sugar content to see just how healthy (or unhealthy) they are

If you’re a serial cereal-eater, you might be knocking out half of your day’s allowance of added sugars at breakfast. We spent some time in the cereal aisle recording the sugar content per serving of 44 of the most popular cereals and were surprised by what we found.

For example, we never would have guessed that Post Raisin Bran contains almost twice as much sugar as Reese’s Puffs. And Kellogg’s Rice Krispies surprised us by clocking in at only 4 grams, while the healthy-sounding Kellogg’s Smart Start ranked fifth in highest sugar content with 14 grams.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 24 grams of added sugar a day for women and no more than 36 grams of added sugar a day for men. To add perspective, one serving of Ben & Jerry’s chocolate ice cream contains 21 grams of sugar, which makes you wonder if Raisin Bran should be considered breakfast or dessert.

— Melissa Valliant, HellaWella

 

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