How Sweet Is Your Morning Cereal?

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I go through breakfast phases. There will be weeks on end where I crave savory dishes like eggs and grain bowls, and other long stretches where I subsist solely on yogurt and berries with a little granola sprinkled on top. If you like granola or other morning cereals, there’s a chance you’re eating more sugar than you may realize. 

Because I own a granola company, I’m acutely aware of what is in granola and how Marge is different from many store-bought brands. When people ask me if our granola is healthy or fat-free, I explain to them that it’s not fat-free but it’s still quite healthy. Because the fat is “good fat” from olive oil and nuts, I don’t worry about it in my own diet; sure, we eat it in moderation like most things, but it’s never a source of guilt or worry for me. 

Sugar, on the other hand, is something I’m very aware of and try to avoid when I can — in the granola that we make and sell to the public and in our own cabinets at home. 

Recently this hit home even further after reading a piece in The Huffington Post about sugar in morning cereals. They report (and show in the video they produced) that many cereals you often think of as healthy (grain flakes or certain brands of granola) actually have more sugar than Fruity Pebbles. In fact, some of the cereals they studied contained as much sugar as you need for the entire day. 

Do you know how much sugar your morning cereal contains?

(Images: Faith Durand)