Healthier Kids’ Cereals

The number of overweight children in the u.s. has tripled in a generation. Sugary cereals are one of the big reasons.

Consumer Reports takes a look at two major cereal makers promising less sugar and other healthier choices.

Store shelves have row upon row of sugary kids' cereals. But parents now have some alternatives, new Kellog's Frosted Flaskes has one-third less sugar. So does Kellogg's new Froot Loops.

General Mills has also come out with reduced sugar cereals including Cocoa Puffs, and Trix that say they have 75 percent less sugar.

But Consumer Reports says the new reduced sugar cereals aren't exactly a dieter's dream.

"Ounce for ounce they have the same amount of calories, so don't think they're going to help you lose weight."

Besides cutting sugar, general mills is now touting that its' cereals are made with whole grains. But that's not necessarily new.

"This is the same cheerios that you've been buying all along. The only difference now General Mills is saying it's made with whole grain."

But General Mills is adding whole grains to some of its other cereals. Consumer Reports medical advisor, Dr. Marvin Lipman says that's a step in the right direction.

"Whole grain foods are much better for you than white flour and other processed grains. They're rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber."

Consumer Reports' advice eat cereals high in whole grains with at least 3 grams of fiber. And the less sugar. the better.

Betty sexton, 11 news.


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