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Know Your Food

Posted: September 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Sugary kids cereals are in the news again. A follow-up study from Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity concluded that although manufacturers have made kids cereals a little more nutritious, they’re aggressively marketing their least-healthy options to kids. But what about your cereal? You should know to scrutinize the foods you feed to your children, but do you have any idea how much sugar is in your own? Many of the seemingly most healthy cereals on the market have more sugar than any kids cereal. Manufacturers often add several spoonfuls of sugar per serving to make up for bland but nutritious ingredients like bran, oats, and other fiber-filled whole grains that fill you up…
1. Oatmeal Crisp Hearty Raisin (General Mills): 19 grams of sugar per serving
2. Raisin Bran (Post): 19
3. Raisin Bran Crunch (Kellogg’s): 19
4. Raisin Bran (Kellogg’s): 18
5. Raisin Bran Cinnamon Almond (Kellogg’s): 18
6. Low-Fat Granola with Raisins Multi-Grain (Kellogg’s): 17
7. Smart Start Strong Heart Toasted Oat (Kellogg’s): 17
8. Total Raisin Brand (General Mills): 17
9. Oatmeal Crisp Crunchy Almond (General Mills): 16
10. Selects Blueberry Morning (Post): 16
To put this into perspective, compare those numbers to those of a few notoriously sweetened kids cereals…
• Fruit Loops (Kellogg’s): 12 grams of sugar per serving
• Frosted Flakes (Kellogg’s): 11
• Cinnamon Toast Crunch (General Mills): 10
• Cookie Crisp (General Mills): 9
The American Heart Association‘s budget-minded take on how sugar directly affects your health and your waistline is that many people consume more sugar than they realize. It’s important to be aware of how much sugar you consume, because our bodies don’t need sugar to function properly. Added sugars contribute zero nutrients but many added calories that can lead to extra pounds or even obesity, thereby reducing heart health. If you think of your daily calorie needs as a budget, you want to “spend” most of your calories on essentials to meet your nutrient needs. Use only left over, discretionary calories for ‘extras’ that provide little or no nutritional benefit, such as sugar. For the average person, the AHA recommends…
 Women: Limit added sugar intake to 100 calories (about 6 teaspoons, 6 sugar cubes, or 30 grams) a day
 Men: Limit added sugar intake to 150 calories (about 9 teaspoons, 9 sugar cubes, or 45 grams) a day
[Source: MoneyTalksNews Karla Bowsher article 26 un 2012 ++]