In a study conducted by Yale researchers at a local summer camp, children were randomly assigned to one of two groups: the “low-sugar” breakfast room or the “high-sugar” room. The low-sugar breakfast cereal choices consisted of cheerios, rice krispies, and corn flakes while the other room featured their sugary equivalents - fruit loops, cocoa krispies, and frosted flakes. In both cases, the campers were offered cut up bananas, strawberry slices, sugar, and orange juice along with the cereal. Findings show that although the overall calorie count between the two groups was equivalent, there was a significant difference in where the calories came from.
|Choose a cereal low in sugar and load it up with fruit!|
What does this study suggest? Parents are better off picking out the healthier cereals at the grocery store and letting their child add sugar as he or she pleases. Even two or three heaping teaspoons of added sugar do not match the levels in pre-sweetened varieties such as cocoa krispies and frosted flakes. A parent’s watchful eye can minimize sugar intake even more and help start a kid's day off right. Additionally, if children develop a taste for the less sugary options at an early age, they are more likely to maintain those healthier habits for a lifetime.