Thursday, October 2

Cap'n Crunch a Merchant of Girth?

As much as I admire swaggering naval officers, there is one seafarer we should keep the kids away from. The Chicago Tribune reports that Cap'n Crunch is "The Worst Breakfast Cereal," according "The 20 Worst Foods For Kids" found in the October issue of Men's Health. "Aside from the added vitamins, which are mandated by the government, this cereal is an amalgam of largely worthless food particles and chemicals."

Joining the Cap'n are other cerals that are more than 50% sugar are Post Golden Crisp and Kellogg's Honey Smacks.

Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch (Quaker Oats) – 9gm sugar, l gm fiber and 200 mg sodium.

Cap’n Crunch (Quaker Oats) – 12 gm sugar, 1 gm fiber and 200 mg sodium.

Apple Jacks (Kellogg) – 12gm sugar, less than 1 gm fiber and 125 mg sodium.

Fruit Loops (Kellogg) – 12 gm sugar, less than 1 gm fiber, and 135 mg sodium.

Corn Pops (Kellogg) – 12 gm sugar, no fiber, and 110 mg sodium.

There are several which are at least 40 percent sugar. And 23 of the top 27 cereals marketed to children rated only Good or Fair for nutrition.

Certainly how much cereal a kid eats can contribute mightily to his or her added "chunk"--Consumer Reports found that 91% of kids (surprise) eat more than the recommended serving size of cereal in a sitting.

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