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|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2011|
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