Halloween has always been a challenge for parents. Do you restrict kids’ candy consumption, or do you let them “binge” and then go back to eating healthfully on November 1st? This year, there’s a new wrinkle – Halloween-themed breakfast cereals.
Let’s be honest – most breakfast cereal, at least the ones that appeal to kids, aren’t that healthy anyway. They are loaded with sugar and artificial flavorings. But, now General Mills has rolled out a record 5 “Monster Cereals” this month, to play off Halloween at the end of October. Parents should beware, though – and not just of the monsters on the cereal boxes!
These cereals are among the ones with the most sugar and dyes, and the least fiber. So, there is very little nutritional value to these cereals. Breakfast cereal manufacturers have voluntarily reduced the amount of sugar in their cereals in recent years, which nutritionists applaud. But, that doesn’t make them healthy. And the big marketing campaigns being mounted for these Monster Cereals will only encourage children to eat more of them.
We recommend that parents don’t give in and instead make healthier choices when it comes to kids’ breakfast meals. Choose cereals that are higher in fiber and lower in sugar. And, add fruit and low fat milk to better “round out” the nutritional value of popular cereals.
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Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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