A Closer Look at Our Favorite Childhood Cereals

My post this morning got me thinking about the cereals I used to eat as a kid and the actual nutritional content in these bowls of cereal saturated with marshmallows, fake berries and other sugary delights.

Marshmallows from Lucky Charms

Marshmallows from Lucky Charms

I found an interesting article on WebMD.com that ranked these cereal favorites based on their sugar, fiber and sodium content.

Here’s their breakdown, from best to worst:

Best

  • Cheerios (General Mills), 1 gram of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 190 milligrams of sodium
  • Kix (General Mills), 3 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 210 milligrams of sodium
  • Life (Quaker Oats), 6 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 160 milligrams of sodium
  • Honey Nut Cheerios (General Mills), 9 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 190 milligrams of sodium
Cheerios

Cheerios

Middle of the Road

  • 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
Golden Grahams

Golden Grahams

Worst

  • Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch (Quaker Oats), 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), 12 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 135 milligrams of sodium in a 1 cup serving
  • Froot Loops (Kellogg), 12 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 135 milligrams of sodium in a 1 cup serving
  • Corn Pops (Kellogg), 12 grams of sugar, no fiber, and 110 milligrams of sodium in a 1 cup serving
  • Top Two Worst Cereals: Honey Smacks (15g sugar/serving) and Golden Crisps (14g sugar/serving) –> both have more sugar than a glazed doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts!
Honey Smacks

Honey Smacks

I am proud to say my top two favorite childhood cereals made it into the “worst” category. Thatta girl! 😉

I still stand by my personal fav:

Happiness in a Bowl

Happiness in a Bowl

I’d also like to take this opportunity to share with you my other favorite breakfast as a child:

Toaster Strudel

Toaster Strudel

I was one healthy lil’ lady! 🙂

Ah, the good ol’ days…

How did your favorite childhood cereal stack up???

12 Responses

  1. I’m middle of the road…Cocoa Krispies were my fave!

  2. ohh man, childhood cereals, this takes me back! Every other friday I would get to pick out a ‘junk’ cereal (me and my brother alternated every friday) i ALWAYS got either resses puff cereal, rice krispie treats cereal OR cinnamon toast crunch, man i loved those 3, I never really tried much more I couldnt give up a good thing!

  3. I used to eat ALL the marshmallows out of the Lucky Charms. This makes me want to do it again. 🙂

  4. Why does cereal have to be so bad, it is so so good! I could seriously eat a box of it.

  5. I just bought a box of Kix….looks like I made a good choice! wohoo! 🙂

  6. Life is still my favorite cereal! I can’t believe I like something healthy lol.

  7. I wasn’t allowed to have any of the middle or bottom tier cereals as a kid, but oddly I have Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Toaster Pastry Strudel sitting in my kitchen… Julie teach me your ways to being healthy!

    • Ahhhh! Glad I now know who this is. 🙂 I thought you were one of my girlfriends from Chicago making fun of my long torso! 😉 Oh & there’s nothing wrong with some Lucky Charms every now & then. They’re delicious!

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