Its always difficult to wake kids up during school days…more difficult to let them eat. I usually alternate oatmeal, cereals and rice on my kids breakfast meal. Oats with fruits and milk, low sugar Cherrios cereals and in between days they get rice and eggs with ham. It is always good to start the kids young and learn the importance of a healthy breakfast.
The mistake that parents always have with regard to kids food choices is that we always allow our kids to dictate what they like to eat. Or rely our kids meals on their yayas. It is easier for us to fry chicken with french fries because for sure the kids will eat them BUT are they healthy? Likewise yayas find it easier to feed fried chicken than veggies. As the saying goes..at least they eat rather than no breakfast! This is the reason why in the long run, parents will find it difficult to introduce healthy food choices for the kids.
Now comes a new study published in Pediatrics that these Cherrios low sugar cereals are really acceptable options for a healthy breakfast. Likewise surprisingly kids love them!
Objectives To test (1) whether children will consume low-sugar ready-to-eat (RTE) cereals and (2) the effects of serving high- versus low-sugar cereals on the consumption of cereal, refined sugar, fresh fruit, and milk.
Participants and Methods Using an experimental design, we randomly assigned children (n = 91) who were attending summer day camp to receive a breakfast that included either the choice of 1 of 3 high-sugar cereals (high-sugar condition) or low-sugar cereals (low-sugar condition), as well as low-fat milk, orange juice, bananas, strawberries, and sugar packets. Participants served themselves and completed a background questionnaire after eating. Researchers measured the amount and calories consumed of each food.
Results In both conditions, children reported “liking” or “loving” the cereal they chose. Children in the low-sugar cereal condition consumed, on average, slightly more than 1 serving of cereal (35 g), whereas children in the high-sugar condition consumed significantly more (61 g) and almost twice the amount of refined sugar in total (24.4 vs 12.5 g). Milk and total calories consumed did not differ significantly between conditions, but children in the low-sugar condition were more likely to put fruit on their cereal (54% vs 8%) and consumed a greater portion of total calories from fresh fruit (20% vs 13%).
Conclusions Compared with serving low-sugar cereals, high-sugar cereals increase children’s total sugar consumption and reduce the overall nutritional quality of their breakfast. Children will consume low-sugar cereals when offered, and they provide a superior breakfast option.
This clinical study is true based on my experience. My kids love these Cherrios low sugar low fat whole grain cereals more than the sugary chocolate laden corn flakes. The good news with these data is that those children in the study who were offered low-sugar cereals enjoyed their breakfast with good satisfaction but only consumed half the amount of refined sugar at breakfast compared with those who ate high-sugar cereals (12.5 g versus 24.4 g, P<0.001). Not only are the parents happy but the kids are satisfied too!
It is really best to start our kids day with a healthy meal that can provide them with calories that matter…
Choose wisely and Be Involved!