How Much Sugar is in your Cereal?

In our top story, Tyler reports on the issue of sugar in cereal. Sugar has been linked to obesity and diabetes. The Environmental Working Group tested 84 cereals and found that three out of four of them failed the nutrition guidelines set by the federal government. The guidelines are voluntary but they ask that cereal not be more than 26 percent sugar by weight. However, some cereals were found to be more than 50-percent sugar. To figure out how much sugar is in a cereal, read the label. Ingredients are listed in the order of the amount they are used in the food. When looking at the ingredients keep in mind that sugar can have many names including: honey, high fructose corn syrup or molasses. If some form of “sugar” heads the ingredients list that cereal has more sugar than any other ingredient. CC: HEALTH

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