Cereals with tons of sugar

Allie - posted on 12/08/2011 ( 44 moms have responded )

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Honey Smacks, Golden Crisp, Wheaties Fuel, Apple Jacks, Cap'n Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios. Some of these cereals have as much sugar as a Twinkies.

How do you mothers feel about this?

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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/20/2011

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Fake cooking spray is the best! You can unstick your eggs and unstick your cake and then after that you can unstick your kid's kick stand!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/17/2011

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The funny thing is though I give my older daughter chocolate or coffee to calm her down. It's cheaper than ritalin and it's not a controlled substance

Minnie - posted on 12/17/2011

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Either way, sugar in any form is going to create an insulin response, and too much of that over a period of time can lead to insulin resistance.

Minnie - posted on 12/17/2011

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1 cup honey nut cheerioes: 23.2 grams carb

8 oz milk: 9.2 grams carb

8 oz orange juice: 27.1 grams carb

1 apple (generic fruit): 29.3 grams carbs



Total carb: 88 grams.



11 chocolate chip cookies: 89.5 grams carb



Yeah, yeah, I know the breakfast has some good things in it, this was just 'food' for thought. OJ, cereal and a fruit isn't low in sugar, is all.

Caitlin - posted on 12/17/2011

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I like my honey nut cheerios - but I seem to be one fo the few that can manage to actually have a one serving portion (I have a 1 serving sized bowl) and I have it every weekday for breakfast along with 100% pure orange juice and a fruit.. It's a decent breakfast - not as high in sugar as a lot fo other cereals and I'm dtill losing weight. Though I have a high activity level, so I burn off the energy when I'm doing sports..

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Sherri - posted on 12/20/2011

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I am with you Teresa I use no stick cooking spray all the time. Love it for making pancakes and wouldn't dream of baking without it.

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Toast or bagel w/ peanut butter or eggs some way do me MUCH better.

Eggs cooked in BUTTER -- even better!

Minnie - posted on 12/19/2011

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One thing that's worth taking into consideration is the glycemic index of a food- and that glycemic index can be lowered with fat. So a breakfast low in fat high in sugar through the wheat and sugar of honey nut cheerios, orange juice and the added piece of fruit will likely have a higher glycemic index than the chocolate chip cookies that have a significant fat content.



And it's that glycemic index that determines the insulin response. The more fat, the slower the sugars are digested.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/17/2011

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My 7 year old has ADHD and is extremely hyper at times and has a hard time focusing. If she has coffee or hot chocolate it mellows her out and calms her right down.

Minnie - posted on 12/17/2011

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I eat chocolate when I want to calm down too :)



I'm pretty sure my girls are the only kids I know who love pure unsweetened chocolate. At least for me, if I eat sweetened chocolate I get a bad headache.

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Fruit sugar IS different from sugar sugar, but have too much of either and not enough protein in a meal and... well... it's not good. ;) I don't do much cereal because of it. Toast or bagel w/ peanut butter or eggs some way do me MUCH better.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/17/2011

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But sugar from fruit is different from refine sugar. However with diabetics in my family (adopted family) we've learned how to avoide and re-recipe things.

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We don't get sugary cereals because they are too expensive. I like them though. My favorite is coco pebbles with banana on top. But honestly I eat that after dinner as a treat.

We mainly have oatmeal with brown sugar and rasins. Egg prices have been going up, so we don't eat them for breakfast as much. Peanut butter eggos is another one.

Although honestly this thread has made me want some. For now I'll blame pregnancy.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/15/2011

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Liz... spew! That would be like making steamed egg cereal!

Janice - posted on 12/15/2011

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I guess I'm the only sweets fanatic lol.
I did look up the amount of sugar in both twinkies and HN Cheerios and the Cheerios had 9grams per serving vs 18 grams in 1 twinkie so I feel a bit less crazy for feeding "sugary" cereal to my kid. I didn't look up the other ones listed because we dont eat them ;)

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/15/2011

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LOL same here Jamie, I hate them And Smarties (the psuedo M&Ms sold in Canada not the tart sugar candies in the US that Canadians call Rockets) They are gross and sitting on my computer desk because my husband had a short case of insomnia last night and was using this computer, drinking tea and eatting the Christmas Smarties I'd bought to decorate the rice Krispie treat house next week!

I also don't really like marshmallows unless they're in s'mores or rice krispey treats

Jamie - posted on 12/15/2011

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Ew! Anything compared with a Twinkie would upset me....I have an irrational fears of twinkies.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/14/2011

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The only cereal we have here in Canada in that list is Honey Nut Cheerios.

Honestly I like Apple Jacks so I buy them sometimes. And a lot of Kellogg's cereals are now being made with less sugar and more fibre.

We usually buy a sweet cereal every once in a while, but the prices are insane here. I love Shreddies too, I just found them up here we don't have then in the States.

Jennifer - posted on 12/13/2011

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We rarely have them, not only due to the sugar, but the cost is crazy! My kids would love to have it every day.

Ashley - posted on 12/13/2011

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I love Shreddies, and so do my kids. Not sure about it's contents being bad or not. Also I do allow the bad cereals in my house but only a few times a year. I am at the point of my pregnancy where my energy level is 0 in the morning so kids do get cereal with banana or strawberries. Normally i try to make oatmeal (not instant) or parfait breakfast.

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Honestly, I LOVE them--they are my guilty pleasure. I know they are no more healthy than a snicker's bar, but they taste SO good and fulfill my sweet cravings.

Obviously, I would NEVER serve them as a meal, especially not breakfast, but they make a great dessert or snack for us. Since we eat them in moderation, I have no problem with the sugar.

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Growing up we weren't allowed to buy (except maybe 2-3 times our entire childhood) cereal w/ more than 3 grams of sugar in it, but at Grandma's house (couple times a year).... anything goes. My favorite 'treat' cereal as a kid was Corn Bran.

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"Jen I knew/ assumed as much about all but the HN Cheerios. "

I just assumed from the word Honey on the label. Same thing with the apple cinnamon cheerios.

Mary - posted on 12/11/2011

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My 3 y/o's favorite cereal is Special K with red berries. However, she only eats that maybe one day a week. My husband eats it for breakfast some mornings, and Molly just loves to sit on his lap and eat "Daddy's cereal" with him. It's the only time she eats it, though. She never eats it on her own, in a bowl with milk. She does sometimes eat plain, dry cheerios as a snack.



Most mornings, she has a container of greek yogurt for breakfast. We don't do eggs here at all. I don't like them in any fashion - scrambled, poached, hard-boiled, deviled....blech! As well, although Molly doesn't have a full-blown allergy to them, on the (few) rare occasion that she has eaten "straight" eggs, she has broken out in a rash. She seems to have no problems eating something that has egg in it, such as a cake, but give her scrambled eggs, and within a half hour, she breaks out. So I just save us both the trouble, and avoid them.



Growing up, we never had these cereals in the house as a breakfast choice. Once we were a bit older (like the 8-12 range) and saw all of those commercials on the Saturday am cartoons, we began to lobby my mom really hard to have them (Cookie Crisps were much coveted by my sister and I!). My mother did finally relent, and allow us to try them, but not for breakfast. They were treated in the same way that cookies or ice cream were; it was a special "treat" we were allowed on occasion.

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Liz eggs are evil? I wish my daughter would still eat them. Hubby and I do but 6 months ago she started spitting them out despite our efforts every weekend grrr.

Just a joke, because people think eggs are bad for you. :)

My 15mo son recently started rejecting scrambled eggs, so I started making him (Chinese) steamed eggs which he likes. It has the consistency of yogurt or custard, but it's just an egg and water.

Kate CP - posted on 12/10/2011

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I wish I could get my husband to stop feeding it to my daughter on weekdays because he's too lazy to fix her breakfast. *sigh*

Janice - posted on 12/10/2011

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Jen I knew/ assumed as much about all but the HN Cheerios.

Liz eggs are evil? I wish my daughter would still eat them. Hubby and I do but 6 months ago she started spitting them out despite our efforts every weekend grrr. Blueberry and or strawberry pancakes are the fave weekend breakfast.

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I'm stunned if people honestly don't realize this. My mother never bought them for me so I never developed a taste for them. I don't buy them now for my son but he does eat them at his father's house. I think you're better off just giving them chocolate milk and a bowl of sugar with a vitamin pill on top.

Janice - posted on 12/09/2011

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I'm surprised Honeynut Cheerios is as bad as the others, its the only one my daughter has eaten. But honestly I dont look. my hubby and I are sweets junkies and unfortunately our now two year old daughter is too. I try and make sure my daughter gets all the food groups each day (she is making it hard though lately) and then I try to limit sweets to only a 1-2 small things a day.
Mostly she eats a peice of fruit for breakfast and either life or frosted shredded wheat cereal. I have no clue how much sugar those have but honestly I'm not too concerned. Hubby and I are both naturally thin people and so I guess I dont really bother with worrying about sugary cereals.

Sherri - posted on 12/08/2011

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Well since they are eaten as a snack in my house and not breakfast. I could care less. Plus the names alone should be huge indicators that they have sugar.



Although my oldest son eats cereal for breakfast 7 days a week but he makes good choices as to the brands. I don't have time to make breakfast other than the weekends.

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The only one on that list of your's that I've ever purchased is Honey Nut Cheerios. I think I've only bought it once or twice...



We do buy cereal though. Not sure if our choices are much better... Pop tarts are only for dessert. I do buy chocolate chip waffles and such....



Yeah, I'm not a good example here. lol

Johnny - posted on 12/08/2011

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Never buy them. I do feed my daughter cereal though. Bran flakes, oat puffs, and stone ground oatmeal. I'd love to make her a fully cooked breakfast, but we're out of the house by 7:15 am. I get up at 5:45 as it is, I'm NOT getting up 30 minutes earlier to make a fully cooked breakfast. LOL. She gets milk, cereal, fresh fruit and cheese every week day. On the weekends I make a full healthy breakfast.

Tinker1987 - posted on 12/08/2011

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i saw this on the news. i think home cooked eggs or something is a better alternative to healthy breakfasts,rather then poptarts,cereals,and frozen breakfast pastries.

Minnie - posted on 12/08/2011

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Um. I think all cereal is crap, covered in added sugar or not. :) Give us scrambled eggs, salmon and avocado for breakfast any day. The nutrition (or lack thereof) in even some oats can't compare with our breakfasts.



My daughters honestly don't recognize boxes of cereal as food.

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