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I love lucky charms. The cereal is awsome! I could eat it all day.

But I know that is most likely bad for me.

How bad is it? Is it better for you than the ohter sugary cereals, because its made with oats?

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Well, it's not the worst, but it's certainly not the best. A lot of sugary cereals are made with oats.

If it's the marshmallows you like and the benefits of oats you want, how about this:

  • Oats cooked in milk or water, with 1 tbsp of cocoa and a few mini-marshmallows :)

It's less processed, cheaper and it's very comforting in the winter.

 

Original Post by vanilla_swirl:

Well, it's not the worst...

What cereal is worse?

corn flakes are worse. they have a high GI rating than pure sugar and they don't even taste as good. 

sugar smacks are worse...so high in sugar. 

fruity pebbles are probably worse.

something interesting...lucky charms actually make the "good list"

The Worst-Rated Cereals continued...

Case in point: Kellogg’s Rice Krispies had just 4 grams of sugar per serving, less than most of the other tested cereals. But it still rated poorly because it was high in sodium and had no fiber.

Post’s Golden Crisp and Kellogg’s Honey Smacks made the list because they had the most sugar of any of the cereals tested.

Adults might remember these cereals from their childhoods as “Super Sugar Crisp" and “Sugar Smacks." Although the names have been changed, the report notes that “the levels of sugar in the cereals have remained about he same.”

The five other lowest-rated cereals included:

  • Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch (Quaker Oats), with 9 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, and 200 milligrams of sodium in a 3/4 cup serving. 
  • Cap’n Crunch (Quaker Oats), with 12 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, and 200 milligrams of sodium in a 3/4 cup serving. 
  • Apple Jacks (Kellogg), with 12 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 135 milligrams of sodium in a 1 cup serving. 
  • Froot Loops (Kellogg), with 12 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 135 milligrams of sodium in a 1 cup serving. 
  • Corn Pops (Kellogg), with 12 grams of sugar, no fiber, and 110 milligrams of sodium in a 1 cup serving.
The Middle of the Pack

Fifteen of the tested cereals were rated as "Good" choices, but the investigators noted that there was room for improvement in sugar and/or fiber content for most.

Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size scored highest of the cereals that got the rating, with 12 grams of sugar, 6 grams of fiber, and just 5 milligrams of sodium.

Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Reduced Sugar scored lower than regular Frosted Flakes. Although it had 8 grams of sugar per serving instead of 11 grams, the reduced-sugar version also had more calories and sodium than the original.

Cereals rated as "Good" included:

  • General Mills: Cookie Crisp, Golden Grahams Honey Graham, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Trix, Reese’s Puffs. 
  • Kellogg: Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size, Frosted Flakes Gold, Frosted Flakes, Cocoa Krispies, and Frosted Flakes Reduced Sugar. 
  • Post: Fruity Pebbles, Honey-Comb, Cocoa Pebbles.

why is it so damned hard to read the label?

Lucky Charms got banned in the UK for being so full of junk so...

The UK had crap to pick from when I lived there, cereal-wise. Sometimes I just want something sweet, like Fruity Pebbles. Om nom nom.

We still have Cinnamon Grahams and Weetoes which are my weaknesses. Lucky Charms haven't been around for about 13 years I think. Frosties are very sweet, or Ricicles...

I like Lucky Charms too.  However I know how bad processed food is for me so I save processed food for free days or free meals...not too mention, I won't get the results I want. Try just having Lucky Charms a few days a week.

Nutritional equivalent of drinking a 1/2 cup of sugar and taking 1/3 (more or less) of a multivitamin with a glass of milk.   I wouldn't buy it for dessert let alone breakfast.  Talk about sugar crash by 11 and starving the rest of the day!   Don't get me wrong, if I ever find myself in the sugar (cereal) isle in the grocery store I'm drooling at the Captain!    Kiss

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God I used to love to eat all the marshmellows out of the box when I was youngerSurprised.

Original Post by monalisamonkey:

Nutritional equivalent of drinking a 1/2 cup of sugar and taking 1/3 (more or less) of a multivitamin with a glass of milk.   I wouldn't buy it for dessert let alone breakfast.  Talk about sugar crash by 11 and starving the rest of the day!   Don't get me wrong, if I ever find myself in the sugar (cereal) isle in the grocery store I'm drooling at the Captain!    Kiss

half a cup? literally? is that for a one cup seving? wow... 

still though, even when i have to maintain on a normal calorie amount (or even if i ever have to lose weight!) i'm not going to say absolutely no to a food i like. just have it sparingly or mix in healthier things, too. if you don't think you can squeeze it into your breakfast (but i find that hard to believe- how about 1/4 c. sprinkled over nonfat yogurt?) you can absolutely have it for dessert if you really like it that much. 

Sugary cereals are a love of mine and I don't like non-sugary cereals so I sometimes have Cocoa Puffs or Frosted Flakes or whatever as a before-bed treat.

Original Post by blueberry_lips:

Original Post by monalisamonkey:

Nutritional equivalent of drinking a 1/2 cup of sugar and taking 1/3 (more or less) of a multivitamin with a glass of milk.   I wouldn't buy it for dessert let alone breakfast.  Talk about sugar crash by 11 and starving the rest of the day!   Don't get me wrong, if I ever find myself in the sugar (cereal) isle in the grocery store I'm drooling at the Captain!    Kiss

half a cup? literally? is that for a one cup seving? wow... 

still though, even when i have to maintain on a normal calorie amount (or even if i ever have to lose weight!) i'm not going to say absolutely no to a food i like. just have it sparingly or mix in healthier things, too. if you don't think you can squeeze it into your breakfast (but i find that hard to believe- how about 1/4 c. sprinkled over nonfat yogurt?) you can absolutely have it for dessert if you really like it that much. 

 Yeppers.   http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26979519/ns/tod ay-today_health/

Read it and crash.  Tongue out

I'm in my third year of the Nutrition/Dietetics program at the University of Minnesota. Honestly sugary cereal is not as EVIL as most people on this site make it out to be. yes it is high in sugar nobody will argue that with you, but it also is fortified with folate, iron, and zinc which a lot of Americans (probably not the people on this site because we are interested in nutrition) are lacking in their diet. I eat sugared cereal on occasion and very feel guilty about it. You shouldn't feel bad about it, just don't eat the whole box  Wink

Original Post by lizzypoo222:

 Honestly sugary cereal is not as EVIL as most people on this site make it out to be. yes it is high in sugar nobody will argue that with you, but it also is fortified with folate, iron, and zinc which a lot of Americans (probably not the people on this site because we are interested in nutrition) are lacking in their diet.

So basically it's the nurtritional equivalent of a vitamin-fortified candy bar.

Food companies would love consumers to think that you can ignore the original merits of a food product so long as they pump it full of vitamins. But vitamins extracted from their original source and then added to new foods don't work in the same way as they do in the foods they come from. Natural synergies are far too complex to take one element out of context and expect it to work in the same way.

So fortifying a food with vitamins is not as good as getting those vitamins from a natural food source... let alone the fact that without those vitamins (mainly a marketing gimmick) you're eating processed crap.

Exactly why I said it's like eating half a cup of sugar with 1/3 of a multivitamin!  LOL.

You're exaggerating quite a bit.  1/2 cup sugar = 100 grams = 400 cals.  Even the worst cereals only have 15 g sugar per serving.  It's more like having 1-2 tbsp sugar with a fraction of a multivitamin.

Original Post by susiecue:

You're exaggerating quite a bit.  1/2 cup sugar = 100 grams = 400 cals.  Even the worst cereals only have 15 g sugar per serving.  It's more like having 1-2 tbsp sugar with a fraction of a multivitamin.

read again: (or at all)

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26979519/ns/tod ay-today_health/

 

 

 

omg i love lucky charms! sugary cereals are my downfall... i can't buy it because i can literally eat bowl on top of bowl!

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