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Sugary cereals may not be a kid's favorite breakfast. Really.

December 13, 2010|By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
(Beatrice De Gea / Los Angeles…)

Sugary cereals may not be what kids really crave for breakfast, a new study says. Sounds wrong, doesn’t it? Yet the findings show that kids cut their sugar consumption at breakfast almost in half by eating low-sugar cereals. And what’s more: They liked the low-sugar cereals.

The study published in Pediatrics on Monday let 91 students attending summer day camp choose between high-sugar or low-sugar cereals. They also were offered low-fat milk, orange juice, bananas, strawberries and sugar packets as part of their meal. The kids then filled out a questionnaire about what they ate.

All kids "liked" or "loved" the cereal they selected. But those in the low-sugar crowd ate a little more than one serving and added fresh fruit to their breakfast, which boosted the nutritional value. Those in the high-sugar camp ate more and received almost twice the amount of refined sugar in their breakfast. Check out the whole study here.

So if kids like less-sugary cereals and make better nutritional choices when they eat them, what are we waiting for?

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