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Study: Low-Sugar Cereals Make Kids Eat Healthier

Some parents think that buying high-sugar cereals is the only way to get their kids to eat breakfast, but a new study from Yale reveals that kids are willing to eat low-sugar cereal too.

Kids who were given the high-sugar cereals ate more than the low-sugar group, but at least it shows that kids are willing to eat relatively nutritious cereals like Cheerios, Rice Krispies, and Corn Flakes. Also, the low-sugar kids ate the right amount of food, leaving more room in their stomachs for healthy compliments like juice and fresh fruit. It also encourages them to eat naturally sweet things.

“Fruit is obviously not as sweet as Froot Loops,” said Marlene Schwartz, lead researcher. “The low-sugar cereal gives kids an opportunity to appreciate the natural sweetness of juice and fresh fruit.”

So not only are low-sugar cereals healthier than high-sugar ones — they even encourage better eating habits.

Do you give your kids sugary cereal?

From LA Times

12 Responses to “Study: Low-Sugar Cereals Make Kids Eat Healthier”

  1. Charity S.

    Yes, I'm guilty of giving my son sugary cereals. He really doesn't eat cereal that much.

  2. inmybookcase

    We do not eat sugary cereals on a regular basis… it's very rare when high-sugar cereals are pulled out for breakfast. Rice Krispies, Life, Cheerios… those are some favorites! It doesn't hurt to eat a jellied-up biscuit with the cereal though.

  3. Sarah

    sugary cereals have never been allowed in our house. We have taught our daughter not to give into commercialism (just because it has your favorite character on the box doesn't mean the cereal is good). Some favorites include quaker oat squares, cheerios, chex, and shredded wheat.

  4. lilac

    We do not have high sugar cereals at home. We usually have a green smoothie or organic oatmeal

  5. Kelly K.

    High sugar cereals are not in our cupboard either, I think that not by giving our kids that type from the beginning has made it easier, they just don’t care if they get them.

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