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I eat mostly hot cereals for breakfast, but once in a while I like to use a cold cereal. Looking at all the selections in a supermarket, virtually all of them are loaded with sugar. Even most bran flakes are too sweet for me. Parents that give in to their kids' demands for these cereals are only jeopardizing their health and wellbeing.

Back in the day, you could find many cereals with little to no sweetening, like unsweetened flakes, Cheerios and the like. Granola cereals are another overly-sweetened product, even though the grains they contain are healthy.

I tried finding a standard sized box of original corn flakes today and all they had were family-sized boxes. The original sizes don't seem to exist any more. Of course, sugary sweet products are strongly advertised, enticing kids and some adults alike.

That being said, I do use a little "Sugar in the Raw" in my hot cereals, but at least I can control the amount. [emoticon]


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When I do have cold cereal, I have Rice Chex, Regular Corn Flakes, or Mini Wheats, (NOT Frosted mini wheats).


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Nothings changed over the past 55 years-when I was a kid in the 60s it was the same. Original sizes do exist but it depends on where you shop as to whether or not you can find them. There's no harm in kids eating cereal like this every once in a while, especially if they otherwise eat a balanced diet. I love granola but can't eat it because as you stated there's so much sugar in it-not good for diabetics. There are unsweetened cereals-Rice Krispies, Cheerios, and Shredded Wheat are a few of them. Kashi makes multiple varieties of unsweetened cereals. While your hot cereals may not have a lot of sugar they may have a lot of carbs from grains, or fat or salt, often used as sugar substitutes. Reading labels can be a real eye-opener.


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Regular Cheerios.


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I find only one to three options when I shop for cereal. I look at the calories first and will not buy anything over 130, then I look for the amount of fiber knowing that can offset the calories a bit. The raisin bran sugared cereal is not something I want so I buy plain bran flakes and add my own raisins. Of the thousands of products sold in the supermarkets, there is precious little that do not contain added sugars and are fit to eat.





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I remember the old corn flakes withotu the non nutrative coating. Ate quick so they wouldn't turn to mush. Great with real strawberries from just outside the kitchen window.
I had a taste fro grape nuts and Raisin bran and others. Didn't care for oatmeal with sugar or not.
Ate a bowl of Cheerios today. Thought might help lose weight and be good for glucose no sugar and been fighting to bring down my glucose level all day.
Shredded wheat had it's own charms with a lot of sugar.
Rice Crispies, great but eatthem fast, don't let them get soggy. Always a chqllenge to get all of thm out of the milk. Wondered why they didn't invent the seive spoon.
Eat your Wheaties, what did they do to the corn flakes tor that little flavor difference?
Corn Flakes were probably my favorite because we ate so many growing up.

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My kids (all eight of them) grew up eating among other cereals, Fruit Loops.
They are all adults with their own famlies and none of them are obese

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My wife has lots of serious food allergies so I’m used to shopping in the health food aisle. They have some great ‘clean’ cereals with little or no sweetening, and when there is, it’s almost always sugar, not corn syrup or whatever.

Since there’s no sweetness to cover up the taste they take greater care to make sure it’s got good flavour all on its own.

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Strangely even the breakfast cereals without a lot of sugar coating have a lot of sugar in 'em for the most part.

Hot oatmeal is... Oats. Pure and whatever you add simple.

Cheerios What I had for breakfast today.. But I'd have to read ye old label.


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Cheerios and chocolate milk is my indulgence, but only about once every other month. The problem with cheerios is it's loaded with sodium--my mouth feels salty all day. I plan my meals so the rest of the day is sodium-free.

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