These are the worst cereals you could buy your children

Cereals have become apart of everyday life for children, teenagers, University students and adults in the mornings, thanks to the ease of preparation, delicious taste and pure convenience.

There are a wide variety of cereals that you can find on the South African food shelves, with most options being marketed with a mascot – from Coco the Monkey to Tony the Tiger, these characters take specific aim at children as they are cute and playful.

The biggest make-up of most cereal is carbohydrates, meaning that it is unsuitable for low-carb-high-fat (LCHF) or Banting diets, which have gained prominence in the most recent years.

And despite the numerous claims of high vitamins, iron and minerals, most cereals are more sugar than anything else.

Did you know?

There are 15 South African cereals that are a serious no no in our books.

They are…

  1. Coco Pops: 36g of sugar -> per 100g
  2. Strawberry Pops: 33g of sugar -> 100g
  3. Bokomo Chocolate Scoops: 31g of sugar -> 100g
  4. Nestlé Bar One Cereal: 29.3g of sugar -> 100g
  5. Nestlé Milo Cereal: 33g of sugar -> 100g
  6. Kellogg’s Coco Pops Crunchers: 29g of sugar -> 100g
  7. Bokomo Nature’s Source Choc Bitz:  27g of sugar -> 100g
  8. Bokomo Frosted Flakes: 24.9 of sugar -> 100g
  9. Bokomo Honey Crunchies: 23.7g of sugar -> 100g
  10. Kellogg’s Frosties: 22g of sugar -> 100g
  11. Bokomo Otees: 22g of sugar -> 100g
  12. Jungle Oatso Easy: 14g of sugar -> 100g
  13. Bokomo ProNutro Banana (Wheat Free): 14g of sugar -> 100g
  14. Kellogg’s Corn Flakes: 8g of sugar -> 100g
  15. Strawberry Pops: 33g of sugar -> 100g

Why you shouldn’t give your child cereal for breakfast

Eating in the morning is something we should all really do. Taking 10 minutes to make and eat some nutritious in the morning can be simple, painless and quick. Fresh fruits, whole grain breads with low-fat cheese, or hard-boiled eggs are just some of the quick and nutritious breakfast options, which can make a great difference in your health, mood, and physical appearance.

Eating cereals can…

  • Have negative affects your concentration levels
  • Invite tooth decay and earlier, more frequent visits to the dentist
  • Affect your moods and sugar levels
  • Cause you to have pimples because of the sugar

Alternative breakfast options:

  • Toast and peanut butter (this is a fantastic source of energy)
  • Toast and Bovril
  • Toast and Avo
  • Scrambled egg on toast
  • Boiled egg and toast
  • Fried egg and bacon
  • Fruit salad
  • Fruit and yoghurt

If you are a person who struggles to eat breakfast (much like I do) try consuming food in small amounts or drinking a protein shake.

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