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Less sugar, more fruit.

Want your kids--or other family members--to eat more fruit for breakfast? Make sure their cereal is low in sugar.

Researchers randomly assigned 91 children aged 5 to 12 to choose one of three low-sugar cereals (Cheerios, Corn Flakes, or Rice Krispies) or one of three high-sugar cereals (Cocoa Puffs, Froot Loops, or Frosted Flakes). The kids also had unlimited access to low-fat milk, orange juice, bananas, strawberries, and packets of sugar.

Roughly half (54 percent) of the children who got a low-sugar cereal--but only 8 percent of those who got a high-sugar cereal--put fresh fruit on top.

And those who ate a high-sugar cereal ended up downing twice as much added sugar per breakfast than those who ate a low-sugar cereal, even when researchers added in the sugar that the kids got from any sugar packets they used.

Children who ate a high-sugar cereal also ended up eating more cereal (about two servings, vs. slightly more than one serving for children who ate a low-sugar cereal).

What to do: For healthier breakfasts, stick with low-sugar cereals.

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Title Annotation:QUICK STUDIES
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2011
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