Cereal has been going through a bit of a rough patch lately. Not only are millennials not buying it any more (rumor has it that the clean-up is too time-consuming), lots of people are looking to start their day with something healthy, as opposed to something that’s loaded with sugar, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Just how loaded with sugar are some of these cereals? Take a look at the five cereals with the highest sugar content on the market today and see for yourself.
#5 Cap’n Crunch: 44.4 Percent Sugar
Tied with Oh’s, Cap’n Crunch also contains 15.6 grams of sugar in a 35-gram serving, equivalent to 3.9 sugar packets.
#4 Oops! All Berries: 46.9 Percent Sugar
Want all the berries? This circa-1997 cereal packs 16.4 grams of sugar into a 35-ounce serving, a little more than 4 sugar packets.
#3 Froot Loops Marshmallow: 48.3 Percent Sugar
When you take a sugary cereal and add marshmallows to it, it’s only going to get more sugary. Case in point? Froot Loops Marshmallow cereal, which contains 16.9 grams of sugar in a 35-gram serving, about 4.2 sugar packets.
#2 Golden Crisp: 51.9 Percent Sugar
Originally called Sugar Crisp when it was first rolled out in 1949, Golden Crisp still has as much sugar as it always had: 18.1 grams in a 35-ounce serving, equal to 4.5 packets of sugar.
#1 Honey Smacks: 55.6 Percent Sugar
Here it is, the most sugar-dense cereal on the market today: Introduced as Sugar Smacks in 1953, then changed to Honey Smacks, then Smacks, then back to Honey Smacks, the cereal that made Dig ‘Em famous is a whopping 55.6 percent sugar, and a 35-gram serving contains 19.4 grams of sugar, equal to nearly 5 packets or sugar or almost two Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts.