Monday, September 25, 2006

Are you Giving your Kids Chocolate Bars for Breakfast?

Would you feed your children chocolate bars for breakfast?

If you answered, "of course not" but give your children sugary cereals, you'd better get ready to revise your answer.

If you read food labels regularly, this might not be news, but if your child is eating a sugary cereal for breakfast, they're probably having as much or more sugar than they would if they ate a chocolate bar.

Some equivalents (based on a 50gm or 1.75oz serving):

Kellogg's Fruit Loops = 5.6 teaspoons sugar = Dark Chocolate Kit Kat Bar
Nestle Nesquick = 5.8 teaspoons sugar = Twix Bar
Post Sugar Crisps = 6.6 teaspoons sugar = Snickers Bar

Remember too that many kids will have more than one bowl.

So what should you do?

Try to give your kids cereals with 6-7 grams of fibre per serving, and unfortunately you have to be a bit cautious with the lower sugar cereals as well as often they may compensate with more carbohydrates and more calories.

Is it time yet to cut the sugary cereal out of the pantry?