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For too many families, these breakfast cereals aren’t a sweet treat, rather, they’re considered breakfast on a daily basis. The Environmental Working Group has just released its list of overly sweetened cereals in a report entitled: “Children’s Cereals: Sugar by the Pound.” It’s worth a read because sending a child to school after eating a sugary mess sets them up for the ups and downs that sugar–or in most cases high fructose corn syrup–is known to cause. Not to mention the artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives that processed cereals typically also contain.

The report found that in the list of cereals “92 percent of cold cereals in the US come preloaded with added sugars.” Children’s cereals had an average of 40 percent more sugar than adult cereals or oatmeal. Granola also tended to have a lot of sugar. What’s more, 97 percent of the cereals listed underestimated the amount of cereal that people actually ate. Looking for a healthy breakfast for kids? Skip these.

EWG Reports on the Most Sugary List of Cereals

Here’s EWG’s Hall of ShameCereals That Contain More the 50 Percent of Sugar By Weight.

Most Sugary Cereals (Overall)

1. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks

2. Malt-O-Meal Golden Puffs

3. Mom’s Best Cereals Honey-Ful Wheat

4. Malt-O-Meal Berry Colossal Crunch with Marshmallows

5. Post Golden Crisp

6. Grace Instant Green Banana Porridge

7. Blanchard & Blanchard Granola

Store Brands

8. Lieber’s Cocoa Frosted Flakes

9. Lieber’s Honey Ringee Os

10. Food Lion Sugar Frosted Wheat Puffs

11. Krasdale Fruity Circles

12. Safeway Kitchens Silly Circles

Most Sugary Cereals (Targeted Specifically at Children)

1. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks

2. Malt-O-Meal Golden Puffs

3. Post Golden Crisp

4. Kellogg’s Apple Jacks with Marshmallows

5. Kellogg’s Froot Loops with Marshmallows

Store Brands

6. Food Lion Sugar Frosted Wheat Puffs

7. Krasdale Fruity Circles

8. Safeway Kitchens Silly Circles

9. Food Club Honey Puffed Wheat

10. Key Food Apple Wheels Cereal

11. Shur Saving Apple Whirls

12. Safeway Kitchens Apple Orbits

13. Essential Everyday Golden Corn Nuggets

Read the whole EWG Report.

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Image: Mike Mozart