It’s Better to Let Kids Add Their Own Sugar to Cereal

Children given the option of adding their own sweeteners to breakfast cereal may be more likely to eat a balanced breakfast than those served heavily presweetened cereals, according to a new study.

Medical News Today reported Dec. 14 that researchers drew their conclusions from a study of the breakfast eating habits of 91 children at a summer day camp. The kids were given the choice of high-sugar and low-sugar cereals as well as milk, orange juice, cut-up bananas, and strawberries.

Surveyed after eating, equal numbers of children said they liked the high-sugar and low-sugar cereals, but those who chose the high-sugar cereal ate twice as much. They also consumed much more sugar than those who added their own sugar to the cereal, whereas the low-sugar cereal group was more likely to add fresh fruit as a topping.

The research was published in the journal Pediatrics.