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Kellogg's Honey Smacks Leads List of Unhealthy Cereals - 56% Sugar #DumpKelloggs
Consumer Affairs ^ | 12/07/2011 | Truman Lewis

Posted on 12/01/2016 6:12:44 PM PST by Diago

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Kellogg's Honey Smacks Leads List of Unhealthy Cereals

Many kids' cereals pack more sugar than Twinkies and cookies

12/07/2011 |
ConsumerAffairs |  Health

By Truman Lewis

A former reporter and bureau chief for broadcast outlets and magazines, Truman Lewis has covered presidential campaigns, state politics and stories ranging from organized crime to environmental protection.

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PhotoParents have good reason to worry about the sugar content of children’s breakfast cereals, according to an Environmental Working Group review of 84 popular brands.

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, at nearly 56 percent sugar by weight, leads the list of the 10 worst children’s cereals, according to EWG’s analysis. In fact, a one-cup serving of the brand packs more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie, and one cup of any of the 44 other children’s cereals has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies.

10 Worst Children’s Cereals
Based on percent sugar by weight
1.) Kellogg’s Honey Smacks 55.6%
2.) Post Golden Crisp 51.9%
3.) Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow 48.3%
4.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries 46.9%
5.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original 44.4%
6.) Quaker Oats Oh!s 44.4%
7.) Kellogg’s Smorz 43.3%
8.) Kellogg’s Apple Jacks 42.9%
9.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries 42.3%
10.) Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original 41.4%

Some cereals are better than others. Nutrition expert Marion Nestle recommends:

  1. Cereals with a short ingredient list (added vitamins and minerals are okay).
  2. Cereals high in fiber.
  3. Cereals with little or no added sugars (added sugars are ingredients such as honey, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, brown sugar, corn sweetener, sucrose, lactose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup and malt syrup).

Among the best simple-to-prepare breakfasts for children are fresh fruit and high-fiber, lower-sugar cereals. Better yet, pair fruit with homemade oatmeal.

Obesity epidemic

In response to the exploding childhood obesity epidemic and aggressive food company advertising pitches to kids, Congress formed the federal Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children to propose standards to Congress to curb marketing of kids’ foods with too much sugar, salt and fat.

But EWG has found that only one in four children’s cereals meets the government panel’s voluntary proposed guidelines, which recommend no more than 26 percent added sugar by weight. EWG has been calling for an even lower cap on the maximum amount of sugar in children’s cereals.

“When I went to medical school in the 1960s, the consensus view was sugar provided ‘empty calories’ devoid of vitamins, minerals or fiber,” said health expert Dr. Andrew Weil. “Aside from that, it was not deemed harmful. But 50 years of nutrition research has confirmed that sugar is actually the single most health-destructive component of the standard American diet. The fact that a children's breakfast cereal is 56 percent sugar by weight – and many others are not far behind – should cause national outrage.”

“Cereal companies have spent fortunes on convincing parents that a kid’s breakfast means cereal, and that sugary cereals are fun, benign, and all kids will eat,” said noted NYU nutrition professor Marion Nestle. “The cereals on the EWG highest-sugar list are among the most profitable for their makers, who back up their investment with advertising budgets of $20 million a year or more. No public health agency has anywhere near the education budget equivalent to that spent on a single cereal. Kids should not be eating sugar for breakfast. They should be eating real food.”

“As a mom of two, I was stunned to discover just how much sugar comes in a box of children’s cereal,” said Jane Houlihan, EWG’s Senior Vice President of Research. “The bottom line: most parents would never serve dessert for breakfast, but many children’s cereals have just as much sugar, or more.”

Problems at school

Studies suggest that children who eat breakfasts that are high in sugar have more problems at school. They become more frustrated and have a harder time working independently than kids who eat lower-sugar breakfasts. By lunchtime they have less energy, are hungrier, show attention deficits and make more mistakes on their work.

About one in five American children is obese, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has reported that childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years.

“It has been said that exploding rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes in today's children will lead them to be the first in American history to have shorter lifespans than their parents,” Weil said. “That tragedy strikes me as a real possibility unless parents make some dramatic changes in their children's lives.”

“Nearly 20 percent of our children and one-third of adults in this country are obese. Our children face a future of declining health, and may be the first generation to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. We must provide consumers with the information they need to make healthier choices and prevent misleading claims about the nutritional contents of food,” said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). “Cereal is a prime example of this—we know that children do better in school if they have breakfast. But we also know that the type of breakfast matters. And yet, as the Environment Working Group’s report shows, many children’s cereals have sugar content levels that are above 40 percent by weight. Our children deserve better, and it is critical that we take action to combat America’s obesity epidemic.” Congresswoman DeLauro serves on the appropriations subcommittee responsible for the Food and Drug Administration and agriculture, where she oversees drug and food safety.


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So is Kellogg's alleged cereal Honey Smacks a cereal that is 56% sugar or really sugar that is 44% cereal?
1 posted on 12/01/2016 6:12:44 PM PST by Diago
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To: Diago

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24. Kelloggs
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Eliminate any contact, time, business, dealings with the above for a happier and better life.

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Companies conservatives can buy from
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2 posted on 12/01/2016 6:15:48 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Hey, whining losers,Trump will just go ahead & make things better for us without you!!!!")
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To: Grampa Dave

Great list, Grampa Dave.

3 posted on 12/01/2016 6:18:35 PM PST by Diago
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To: Diago

I really don’t care about this.

But, just to comment:

Once upon a time, the names were more honest - Sugar Smacks, and (Super) Sugar Crisp. They’ve been playing that game for a few years.

4 posted on 12/01/2016 6:18:37 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Federal-run medical care is as good as state-run DMVs.)
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To: Diago
Best Cereal made on earth is ...

5 posted on 12/01/2016 6:19:27 PM PST by CapnJack
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To: Diago

I looked at their products and the only thing of theirs I eat once in a while is the keebler crackers in the green box. And I know those are horrible for me so I like having an incentive to stop eating them.

6 posted on 12/01/2016 6:19:43 PM PST by Perchant
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To: Grampa Dave

Don’t tell me what to eat! Don’t tell my children what to eat MIND YOUR OWN DAMNED BUSINESS!!!

7 posted on 12/01/2016 6:21:06 PM PST by WENDLE (Sanctuary cities are OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE!! That is a FELONY!! Ask Nixon!!)
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To: Diago

It actually used to be a lot worse when it used to be called sugar smacks.

8 posted on 12/01/2016 6:21:39 PM PST by MNDude (God is not a Republican, but Satan is certainly a Democrat)
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To: Diago

Even if Kellogg were a good company, their products kill people and screw others up. They pack that processed crap in sugar and add anti bloating agents into those lucky charms.
Frosted Flakes are not great. When it floats in milk it resembles industrial waste.

My advise, if ya eat that garbage, do it in moderation using extreme care.

9 posted on 12/01/2016 6:22:01 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Yep I remember. They used to be called Sugar Smacks not Honey Smacks.

What they now call Corn Pops used to be Sugar Pops.

Frosted Flakes used to be called Sugar Frosted Flakes.

Somehow they decided that sugar was a bad word in the name of a cereal. But they didn’t reduce the sugar content of the cereals. They just changed the name.

10 posted on 12/01/2016 6:22:07 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: the OlLine Rebel
Once upon a time, the names were more honest - Sugar Smacks

Yup. I remember that too! Sugar Smacks, as they were called then, were one of my favorite cereals as a kid. They dropped the word sugar from their name because it wasn't a selling point anymore, but kept all the sugar in regardless. Corn Pops, another favorite of mine then, were known as Sugar Pops.

11 posted on 12/01/2016 6:23:58 PM PST by NJRighty ("It's sick out there and getting sicker" - Bob Grant)
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To: Diago

Why is it that it’s progressives that push such toxic food on the masses?

12 posted on 12/01/2016 6:24:52 PM PST by maggief
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To: Diago

Cook a healthy breakfast instead: Eggs, bacon, toast, the liver of your enemies. And wash it down with leftist tears.

13 posted on 12/01/2016 6:25:21 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Right versus left is no longer as relevant as Nationalist versus globalist.)
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To: dragnet2

Obesity and premature illness and death aren’t what’s important

The pervert who wants to wear women’s clothing is

14 posted on 12/01/2016 6:26:37 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("Liberalism is a mental disorder" On FULL Display NOW BOYCOTT PepsiCO Kellogg's)
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To: Diago

Sugar can be addressed by exercise.
Excess sodium is harder to get rid off, it can increase blood pressure, making heart work harder and ruin kidneys.

Best cereal is whole grain old fashioned oats. Add half & half, touch of brown sugar and cinnamon (which helps burn sugar).

15 posted on 12/01/2016 6:26:38 PM PST by entropy12 (Please Mr President, I am already tired of winning too much! Can we lose just 1, appoint Mitt?)
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To: Diago

Honey is supposed to be good for you, it has a lot of things besides sugar.

16 posted on 12/01/2016 6:27:03 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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Eat whatever you want!

17 posted on 12/01/2016 6:27:26 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Hey, whining losers,Trump will just go ahead & make things better for us without you!!!!")
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To: Diago

I wish the federal government would get out of the business of recommending food or diets of any kind no one thought much of it or fretting over obesity.

We used to have apple pie for breakfast a lot, like our colonial ancestors, who would no doubt be surprised to find we tolerate a government that tells us what our kids should eat.

18 posted on 12/01/2016 6:31:53 PM PST by piasa
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To: Grampa Dave

Appreciate your list and updates!

Keep it up!

19 posted on 12/01/2016 6:32:22 PM PST by maggief
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To: Diago

That’s why I eat “Can’t get enough of that Sugar Crips, Sugar Crips, Sugar Crips!!!” Hey hey hey Sugar Bear!!! :-)

20 posted on 12/01/2016 6:32:41 PM PST by RetiredArmy (Believe or not, we R in the Last Days of human history. Jesus is coming back, & soon! RU saved?)
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