Sugar Cereals Aren’t That Bad

By: Keith


I don’t know if anybody else has noticed, but the only cereals that taste any good have a fair amount of sugar in them.  But, that’s not really so bad (it’s not good, but it’s not the biggest problem either).  It’s not really the sugar I have a problem with; it’s all the artificial food colorings that really bothers me.  Almost all cereals in the non organic food isles have artificial colorings.  Most people think artificial colors are pretty harmless.  They’d be wrong.  Yellow 5 and 6, Red 3 and 40, Blue 1 and 2, Green 3, and Orange B have all been linked to behavior problems in children, specifically hyperactivity and the reduced ability to concentrate.  The EU has already started to phase out the use of those colors in favor of natural substitutes.  Yet, in the United States there is no such attention paid to the research.  It’s interesting to notice, and I did not know this before, that in the UK the syrup for McDonald’s strawberry sundaes are colored by using real strawberries.  In the US the same thing is accomplished using Red 40.  I’ve always known the FDA is useless when a big company is waving money around in front of them.  It’s just sad that it is neglecting products that are primarily sold to the youth.


cerealsSugar is the least of our problems in our family.  We get plenty of physical activity so nobody has to worry about not burning it off.  But, once we consume these dyes and preservatives there is no amount of exercise that’s going to dissipate them.  What’s the solution?  The cereals from the organic section of the super market don’t typically have artificial dyes in them.  The only problem is that they’re overpriced. Cheerios is always cheap and nutritious as is Total cereal.  Total has the added benefit of having a bunch of vitamins.  It should be noted that laboratory created vitamins may not absorb as well into our bodies as those found in nature, but the jury is still out on that one.  We do sometimes buy Kashi cereal because we like the Autumn Harvest and Cinnamon Harvest cereals they offer.  There are options.  Look at the back of the boxes, disregard the sugar content, and instead look for the presence of artificial colorings.  It’s the colorings that’ll make Johnny bounce off the walls all day, not necessarily the sugar (although keeping that to a minimum also might not be such a bad idea).

11 Responses to “Sugar Cereals Aren’t That Bad”
  1. Angie September 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    I was never allowed “sugary” kid cereal when I was a kid so I LOVE the stuff now. I’m pretty much the only one in my house who will even eat it. Terrible dyes and all. :)

    My kiddos aren’t huge cereal fans though. But, I agree, it’s not the sugar that’s the problem with all the preservatives and chemicals in our food.

    If you think dyes are bad…..NEVER buy TRIX yogurt. I did once for my kiddos when they were little. Lets just say you can see they dye going in and coming out. Same with cake icing…..super yucky stuff for the body!

  2. J. Cruikshank September 16, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    If you eat Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies quickly before they go limp on you they are as tasty as Cheerios but good ol’ oatmeal owns my belly. I guess the Rice Krispies are more fun than tasty. :-)

  3. Native_Momma September 16, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    We do Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Shredded Wheat and our favorite is Kashi Honey Sunshine (Monkey’s friends even moved Teddy Grahams out of way to eat them and their mom buys it now too)
    .-= Native_Momma´s last blog ..Stolen =-.

  4. Keith Wilcox September 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    Angie, I didn’t eat very many sugar cereals as a kid either. I was always a little chapped about that growing up, but now I’m glad. I really wanted to be addicted to them also, but then I couldn’t bring myself because of the sugar. Only recently have I learned that sugar is the least of my problems when it comes to these things. Jeez, just when you think you can have some fun, right! :-)
    .-= Keith Wilcox´s last blog ..Sugar Cereals Aren’t That Bad =-.

  5. Keith Wilcox September 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    Mom, Rice crispies Are pretty awesome if they aren’t soggy. But, they get soggy sooo quickly. I agree, can’t ever go wrong with oatmeal !
    .-= Keith Wilcox´s last blog ..Sugar Cereals Aren’t That Bad =-.

  6. Keith Wilcox September 16, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    native momma, Those Kashi cereals are pretty good aren’t they? I thought they’d be some weird tree hugger type crud. They aren’t. Most Kashi cereals are really good. Im mostly a cheerios guy — just because they’re so darn cheap most of the time. Thanks again for the visit!
    .-= Keith Wilcox´s last blog ..Sugar Cereals Aren’t That Bad =-.

  7. Angie September 16, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    Well, I was pretty much kept off all sugar growing up, so I have a huge sweet tooth now. Funny though since I’m still thin. :) I also was forced to eat 7 grain bread (yuck!!) so only eat white now (how awful I know!!). I also won’t touch all natural peanut butter. I guess it goes to show that moderation and not “forbidding” any kind of food might be best.

    As a kid I “enjoyed” such things as Shredded Wheat (not frosted!) and Grape Nuts (which are actually super yummy with honey on them).

    My favorite Kashi cereal is the Go Lean Crunch…. :)

  8. BigLittleWolf September 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    Really informative. We stick to Cheerios, oatmeal, or fresh wheat bread when it’s on special at the supermarket. (Makes great toast for breakfast.) Guess we’ll keep those nasty sugar-food-coloring cereals out of the pantry.)

    We’re also big on omelettes. After all, as long as you don’t have cholesterol issues – great stuff! And let your boys start learning to cook once you know they’re safe about the stove and fire. It’s very helpful.
    .-= BigLittleWolf´s last blog ..Two for 20 in 20 =-.

  9. Cheryl Ming December 12, 2010 at 4:37 am #

    Growing up, my parents’ favorite cereals to give my brother and I when we were camping was oatmeal or eggs & bacon or french toast or pancakes. The surgary cereals were only for home and my dad would only buy them when they were on sale. I vaguely remember names of the cereals, like BooBerry, Count Chocula, Honeycomb and so on, but I don’t really remember what they taste like. Fact is I haven’t had Cheerios or the like for about 20 years, since I was diagnosed with Celiac disease … honestly don’t remember what it tastes like.

    My daughter, who is now going on 14.5 months, may also have Celiac so I haven’t given her Cheerios or anything containing gluten. What she snacks on is corn puffs and they don’t contain sugar or artificial colours. I try to stay away from white sugar or food items containing sugar as much as possible when it comes to my baby. I never thought about artificial colours and the effect they may have on children.

    Egad … my mind reels when I think of these things. Had my little girl late in life and I honestly didn’t know much about anything when it came babies. Heck, first time I diapered or I feed a baby was my little girl in the NICU. Sometimes it is overwhelming all the concerns on what to feed, what not to feed, what to watch, what not to watch, foot wear, socializing and just so many things it’s enough to make your brain frizzle like bacon in a hot pan.

    And that’s why I enjoy reading your blog as well as other parents’, because it helps me wade through the morass of information and ‘helpful’ advice thrown my way from friends, family and even strangers.


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