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

by Bob Curley on December 17, 2010

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.