02 October 2008

Breakfast Cereals: Too Sweet!

Post Golden Crisp made by Kraft Foods Inc and Kellogg's Honey Smacks are more than 50 percent sugar by weight, the group said, while nine brands are at least 40 percent sugar.

The most healthful brands are
Cheerios with three grams of fiber per serving and one gram of sugar, Kix, and Honey Nut Cheerios, all made by General Mills, and Life, made by Pepsico Inc's Quaker Oats unit.

"Be sure to
read the product labels, and choose cereals that are high in fiber and low in sugar and sodium," Gayle Williams, deputy editor of Consumer Reports Health, said in a statement. ~ Reuters, 1 Oct 2008

Most consumers here do not read product labels. Also, breakfast cereals are expensive especially the imported ones. In a developing country, most consumers know that price concerns overtake healthy options.

Another concern is the current Chinese melamine scare. Sure, now we know how unhealthily sweet some of these cereals are, but how safe are they when it comes to melamine contamination?
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