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A Bowl of Sugar for Breakfast?

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Guest Post Courtesy of the Xtend-Life Blog

When it comes to the proverbial ‘most important meal of the day’, something has gone seriously wrong over the last couple of years. Breakfast cereals marketed towards children are often promoted has healthy meals, but no one ever tells you about the sugar content. According to a recent article, the Environmental Working Group found that 56 out of 84 reviewed breakfast brands had between 24 to 26% sugar by weight! That’s even before the odd sprinkle of sugar that some children add to their cereal. To put things into perspective, the amount of sugar in a single serving of some breakfast cereals may even be similar to eating a few cookies or even a chocolate bar. Extra sugar not only gets converted into fat but the sudden intake of sugar causes blood sugar levels to spike and then crash…inevitably leading to vicious circle of craving sweet fatty food. This ‘sugar generation’ goes far back, even when I was at school. I had a friend who ate his cereal (a popular brand containing chocolate) with three large spoons of sugar added. To top it off, he drank a large glass of his favorite soft drink. Back then, it’s easy to see why by the time first break came around at 10am, he was cranky and first in line at the tuck-shop ordering donuts, chocolate bars and crisps. Some people may argue that at least it’s a way of getting their children to eat cereal and therefore get some fiber into their system and food into their stomachs to start the day.

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A Bowl of Sugar for Breakfast?

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