Cereal Breakfast Breakdown and the Link to Inattention and Hyperactivity

1tsp = 3gms = 1 packet of sugar.

cereal pack
cereal pack

These are Lucky Charms  and Cinnamon Toast Crunch – 1 serving = 9gm of sugar.

The bowl on the right is 1 serving for both.  Who ever eats one serving of cereal? No one ever.  Bowl in the middle is 2 servings, bowl on the left is 3 servings.  Which one is the bowl with the serving size your kids eat mostly?

LuckyC2
LuckyC2

cinn2

So by eating this kind of breakfast before they leave the house, the kids have already surpassed the amount of sugar that their body’s can process properly.  So don’t be surprised at your next parent teacher conference that the reports are: talking out of turn, not sitting in seats, not finishing classwork on time, need for redirection a thousand times to say on task, and cutting crayons at random times.

Ingredients are listed in order of most to least amount found in the product.  For Lucky Charms Ingredient #2 Sugar, #5corn syrup = sugar, #8 dextrose = sugar, and all the food coloring added.  Play dough has less ingredients and food coloring then this product.

lucky label
lucky label

Cinnamon toast crunch has #3 Sugar, #6 Fructose = sugar, #8 Dextrose = sugar, and color as well.  Lets not forget Maltodextrin and BHT.  BHT is used to make tires, some plastics, and diesel fuel.  Yumm!!  These chemicals do nothing good for the brain or any other part of the body.

cin toast label
cin toast label

So though easy and delicious, Cereals are generally not great options for a Good Breakfast before school.  Oh, wait, Cheerios you ask, how does this cereal compare?

cheerios
cheerios

So what is a parent and kid to do for a fast breakfast in the morning that will provide them with focus, memory, concentration, and great restraint?  How can you include Protein, Fiber, Fruits, and not much sugar??

PB fruit
PB fruit
bagel tomato
bagel tomato
bagelberry
bagelberry

Whole Wheat Bagels with Nut Butter and Berries.

Whole Wheat English Muffins with Hard Boiled Eggs and Mozz. Cheese

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