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Top 10 Worst Breakfast Cereals For Kids

You probably wouldn’t serve your child a Twinkie for breakfast before he or she heads off to school. But some kids’ cereals pack the same sugary punch, according to a new study from the Environmental Working Group. (How much sugar should kids eat?) The study investigated 84 popular children’s cereal brands and found that three-fourths of them failed to meet the federal government’s proposed guidelines on what makes food nutritious enough to be marketed to kids.


MIKECNY, Flickr
MIKECNY, Flickr
10

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks

55.6% sugar
 
 

This was popular when I was growing up. Man, my brothers and sister and I would fight over who got to read the box while shoveling Honey Smacks in our mouths. I remember them being sticky, like a sticky bun. Yummy goodness.

 
pennacook, Flickr
pennacook, Flickr
9

Post Golden Crisp

51.9% sugar
 
 

Just like Honey Smacks, only difference, one was made by Kelloggs and the other Post. Again, we would eat bowls and bowls of Golden Crisp and then go to school. Poor teachers.

 
bluwmongoose, Flickr
bluwmongoose, Flickr
8

Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow

48.3% sugar
 
 

Of course who doesn't love to pick the marshmallows out and eat them by the spoonfuls? Am I right? Are you kiddin' Froot Loops and Marshmallows? Cereal heaven baby!

 
GermWarFare, Flickr
GermWarFare, Flickr
7

Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries

46.9% sugar
 
 

I've never had this cereal, but sounds Oops - Good! Come on, it's Cap'n Crunch for pete's sake.

 
QuintonChicago, Flickr
QuintonChicago, Flickr
6

Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original

44.4% sugar
 
 

Who doesn't love the Cap'n, huh? The only thing about this sugary bowl of greatness, was it would leave a film on the roof of your mouth. I often wondered what that film was exactly. Hmmm.

 
ten minutes, Flickr
ten minutes, Flickr
5

Quaker Oats Oh!s

44.4% sugar
 
 

I love these and actually thought they were more nutritious. My girlfriend Lindsey eats them every morning. I'm not going to share the sugar content. It might make her cry.

 
andrews_pics, Flickr
andrews_pics, Flickr
4

Kellogg’s Smorz

43.3% sugar
 
 

This makes you feel like you are camping every morning. A cereal that's like a Smore. What could be better? Kelloggs, you are a genius!

 
adam, Flickr
adam, Flickr
3

Kellogg’s Apple Jacks

42.9% sugar
 
 

Like eating a candied apple. It was like the County fair every morning. You thought you were eating healthy because it was made from fruit! Jokes on us.

 
RiverRatt3, Flickr
RiverRatt3, Flickr
2

Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries

42.3% sugar
 
 

My daughter Chloe would eat this cereal everyday if she could. It was one of my favorites growing up too. Again, it's The Cap'n, what can I say?

 
trekkyandy, Flickr
trekkyandy, Flickr
1

Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original

41.4% sugar
 
 

Froot Loops RULE! Again this is one of my favorite childhood cereals. But since I'm (...) old, I've changed to more bran cereals. Don't laugh!

 

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