Cereal: Is It Healthy for Our Children? | Real Talk Tuesday

This is going to be a bit different than some of my post, but still relevant. Let me start off by telling you a little story.

A few days ago, I was at a friend’s house. We were chillin’, you know how we do when I got hungry. So, like every good friend that I am, I went in search of something to eat. After I asked, of course. She told me that she hasn’t been shopping yet, so she may not have anything in the fridge and to check the cupboards.

However, me being on this healthy eating thing, most things in cupboards are not eligible for me to eat. Anyways, I went and looked. All I found that was remotely interesting was Ramen noodles and cereal. General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch to be exact.

A girl was hungry, so I just went for the cereal and had me a nice big bowl, like back in the day when we were kids. 

After, I decided to read the ingredients and nutrition facts. At this point, I did not really care, I mean I already ate it. So, it did not really matter. I was just being my curious self.  

When I tell you I was shocked, I mean shocked. My wig damn near flew off, even though I did not have one on. The serving size is ¾ cups for 130 calories with 9 grams of sugar. That is it. What kid do you know who eats only ¾ cups? None, that’s who. And, the ingredients had 3 different names for sugar and 2 different names for salt apart of it.

The brand makes sure to tell you that they have “real” cinnamon and that whole grain wheat is the #1 ingredient, but they don’t tell you is that the “real” cinnamon is the 9th ingredient and the #2, #5, & #7 ingredient is sugar (or sugar in a fancy name).

WHAT ARE WE FEEDING OUR CHILDREN?

Kids love this stuff. They eat it whenever, wherever. It’s convenient, and sadly, delicious. Mother’s buy it for the same reason. Besides, most mothers do not bother to actually read the ingredients and nutrition facts as deeply as I do. And, what child do you know that does or that worries about these things.

People talk about how the United States is full of Obesity. Complaining how the average body size is about a what, size 14. Well, if company’s stop putting so much sugar in our children’s foods then maybe they will not grow up to be obese adults. It is heartbreaking to see how they manipulate our kids. How society says one thing but does not mention how it comes to past.

I would love to know what your thoughts on this are? Do you let your kids eat cereal? Only certain brands? Let me know in the comment section below.

 

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