Then readymade cereals came along and took off like crazy. Now there are hundreds of brands of cereals available from All Bran all the way to Organic Fruity O's. The problem is, cereals have been given the health halo, meaning when we think of cereals, we think of them as a healthy food. This can be very misleading though as many cereals out there are loaded with sugar and lack the balanced nutrition we require. The biggest culprits would have to be children's cereals.
Let's compare the sugar found in some common kids cereals with that found in some less healthy snack foods.
Froot Loops has as much sugar as.....an ice cream sandwich
Lucky Charms has as much sugar as....a Twinkie
Cinnamon Toast Crunch has almost as much sugar as....a 16oz cafe latte
Captain Crunch has as much sugar as...a crispy cream donut
Corn Pops has as much sugar as...a 3/4 cup of caramel popcorn
Frosted Flakes has as much sugar as...12 Cadbury mini eggs
Now these comparisons are approximate and many will argue that the cereals at least have fibre and other vitamins in them. Most of these cereals however have only about 1 grams of fibre per serving (with the exception of fruit loops coming in at 3 grams). Cereals can still be a great option for kids, but try to find ones with less sugar (ideally less than 8 grams per serving) and more fibre (ideally 4 grams of fibre or more).
Or maybe consider some alternative foods for breakfast like peanut butter on toast or low fat cheese, fresh fruits and boiled eggs.
Trying to figure out what's healthy in the cereal aisle can be a struggle. Don't get fooled by the packaging.