All Moms want their kids to start the day with a healthy breakfast, however, mornings don't always turn out the way we intend them to. With three kids to get going and myself to get ready for work, mornings are the most hectic time of the day for my family. I rely on breakfast cereals often to provide my kids a quick, easy breakfast that they can fix for themselves and that they want to eat. There is always the struggle between the cereals I want them to eat and the cereals they want to eat, and I'm glad that General Mills is doing something to make the delicious cereal our kids want healthier for them to eat. That's a win win situation for Mom.
General Mills has recently announced a commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. The company has already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain.
Think Cereal is unhealthy? Did you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children’s diets.
Other cereal benefits:
- Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children’s diets.
- Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child’s diet today.
- More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.
As a junior high school teacher, I see the effects of kids who don't eat breakfast each and every day. Students that are hungry never do well and have so much trouble focusing. It's especially easy for parents to allow tween and teen kids to miss breakfast because they can do it on their own, but trust me, they don't always do it. Texting in the morning is more important to many tweens and teens than eating breakfast. Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office.
What's Your Family's Favorite General Mills Cereal? Ours is Cinnamon Toast Crunch!! Yummy!
For more information about kids and cereals, please visit The Cereal Health & Wellness Page of GeneralMills.Com
The information regarding breakfast cereals and health was provided to me by General Mills through My Blog Spark. I was also provided with four free General Mills Ceral Product Coupons by General Mills through My Blog Spark, so that my family could enjoy General Mills Cereals for a delicous, healthy breakfast! My opinions are not altered in any way and General Mills Cereal has been a staple in my kitchen for well over 10 years!