You may think that the cereals you’re feeding your kids aren’t that bad, but for many brands that kids like you may as well be feeding them donuts! If you’re concerned over what your kids are putting in their mouths in the morning, learn the best healthy cereals for kids that they will truly enjoy without all the added sugars they definitely don’t need in their diets.
According to the Consumer Reports, cereals that appear healthy, like Honey Smacks, are actually the health equivalent of feeding your kids a glazed donut for breakfast. In fact, Consumer Reports claims that out of 27 major cereal brands aimed at children, 23 of them were ranked in the lower categories for recommended daily health. Even Frosted Mini Wheats has a “Good” rating, and Rice Krispies were only labeled as “Fair”. To feed your kids the best of the best in cereals designed to attract them, Consumer Reports only recommends 4 cereals out of 27 for your children’s consumption based on health.
These cereals are (in no particular order): Honey Nut Cheerios, Life, Cheerios, and Kix, with Cheerios being the obvious choice for most healthy. Other cereals rated, such as Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Corn Pops received only “Fair” ratings. Some cereals, like Honey Smacks and Golden Grahams were rated to be over 50% sugar and the nutritional equivalent of a glazed donut.
To find out the healthiest cereals for your children, look for cereals low in sugar and sodium, but high in fiber. Cheerios is the favorite choice for healthy cereals, according to Consumer Reports, and they provide a full rating list of the top children’s cereals at ConsumerReports.com so you can see for yourself the best cereals to put in your kids’ bellies. The site provides a full rating scale of the 27 cereals aimed at children, their top picks and why, and the cereals you are best to just plain leave alone.
The best way to feed your kids is to stay educated on what you’re buying and not give into the hype that many of these cereal brands claim. Read the labels and stay informed on what the best cereals are to provide your family for a healthy household for all!