Granola started out as an unsweetened breakfast alternative.
Are you part of the majority of Americans who believe a mixture of oats, sugar, vanilla flavor, and maybe a few nuts and raisins is a healthy food? If so, think again! Most commercial granolas tend to have enough sugar that they rival an ordinary slice of chocolate cake or a cup of ice cream. Read a fascinating history of granola on the New York Times website.
PositiveTip: Make your own granola, but beware of putting too much sugar, honey, maple syrup and other sweeteners in it.
If the first cereal ingredient is sugar, it is not part of a healthy breakfast.
In 2009. seventeen of the largest makers of breakfast cereals and fast foods pledged to self-regulate what foods and to whom it advertised those foods. Now researchers have found while technically the food companies have fulfilled their promises, 80% of all food advertisements directed at children are still for junk foods that "taste good." Maybe actual regulation would accomplish more.
PositiveTip: Educate your children and family to better understand the importance of healthy food choices.
Are your kids eating camouflaged cookies for breakfast? Look again!
It is sad that the top selling children's breakfast cereals are still loaded with sugar. In fact, one cup of the most popular contain more sugar than a Twinkie! According to the Environmental Working Group, less than a quarter of these cereals even meet the proposed federal recommendations. In addition to sugar, these cereals are high in sodium and contain artificial flavors and colors.
PositiveTip: Parents: read the ingredient lists and food labels, do the simple math, and only place wholesome, healthy cereals on your table.
The sour-side of the breakfast cereal industry--advertising junk cereals to our kids.
Preschoolers in America annually see an average of 642 cereal ads targeted directly at them--a majority of those for sugar-laden brands. Sadly, the least healthy cereals are the ones advertised most to children. Is it any wonder then that our children clamor to start the day with sugary cereals, laying the foundation for future obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. According to the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, cereals marketed directly to children have 85% more sugar, 65% less fiber, and 60 more sodium that those targeted at adults.