Cherrios to the Rescue!


We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially among children whose cognitive performance has been shown to be negatively affected in the absence of breakfast. With one in every three American children being overweight or obese, we have to ask ourselves a number of questions and one of them being: What role does breakfast play in child weight gain?

A study recently published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that consumption of ready-of-eat-cereal was “positively associated with intakes of essential nutrients, and that BMI percentile was lower in children who frequently consumed ready-to-eat-cereal.” The most frequently consumed ready-to-eat-cereals were Frosted Flakes, Cheerios, and Kix. Although many of these cereals do contain added sugar, Cheerios contained the least with only 1 gram. The study also showed that frequency of ready-to-eat-cereal consumption was a strong predictor of BMI. The more often the child ate cereal, the lower their BMI. This is great news because parents may often find themselves in a time crunch and cereal is just about the easiest thing you can whip up!

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