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The Top Ten Worst Sugar Filled Cereals

Updated on January 4, 2012

As an avid cereal eater, consumer, and concerned parent, I saw a headline the other day that totally grabbed my attention. It was for a web slide-show of the “Top Ten Worst Cereals.” By “worst,” they meant the products that had the most sugar content. I love sugar, so I was intrigued. The results are based on information culled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

The TOP TEN Worst Cereals:

10. Kellogg’s Froot Loops

This fine product from the Battle Creek, Michigan company is made up of 41.4% of sugar. Oh I do love me some Froot Loops. Except for when they haven’t softened up from the milk and scratch the hell out of the top of my mouth. You get that? But I digress.

9. Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries by Quaker Oats

Ah, the old Cap’n does know his way around a box of Crunch Berries, filling them up with 42.3% sugar. That is some wholesome goodness from your friends and Quaker Oats. Fun Fact: The Quaker Oats factory in Cedar Rapids, IA emits a lovely odor throughout the downtown area when it is Crunch Berry making day.

8. Kellogg’s Apple Jacks

When you think apples, you think healthy right? Not so much in this case. We are talking about 42.9% sugar content per box. Tell your diabetic friends to watch that insulin.

7. Kellogg’s Smorz

I am not familiar with this particular cereal, but it sounds delightful. Who wouldn’t want to eat something for breakfast that tastes like chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers? Just as long as it doesn’t taste like the marshmallows your little brother burns for fun over the campfire, it should be good. It also has 43.3% sugar. Woo! I feel a coma coming on.

6. Oh!s by Quaker Oats

Who doesn’t like to have a big helping of “Oh’s” in the morning? Huh? Oh, wrong kind of “Oh.” These suckers will rock your morning with 44.4% sugar content. If you love your sugar, you will be screaming Quaker Oats’ name after a bowl of this.

5. Cap’n Crunch Original by Quaker Oats

The Cap’n hits the list again with the original product from his flagship mainstay. He actually ties the previous entry with 44.4% sugar, but we give him a leg up on this one since he probably lost his due to his uncontrolled diabetes and scurvy.

4. Cap’n Crunch’s Oops! All Berries by Quaker Oats

The Cap’n rules! I am perplexed as to how the mixture of regular Crunch and Berries is below the original and this one. No matter how you look at it I guess “Oops” rolls into your bowl at 46.9% sugar. God bless the Cap’n. That boat must be a barge of sugar. I think they should check and see if he is a real captain though.

3. Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow

The regular Froot Loops had 41.4% sugar. Throw in some marshmallows and you get 48.3% sugar. Those must be some spectacular marshmallows. Eat these and you will be on your way in helping put your dentist’s kid through college.

2. Post Golden Crisp

I remember these from when I was a kid and they were called “Super Sugar Crisp.” The mascot (who is still on the box) was called Super Sugar Bear. Just an over the top delight of puffed wheat and sugar. How much sugar? 51.9% to be exact. “You can’t get enough of that Super Golden Crisp, it’s got the crunch with punch.” Indeed Mr. Bear.


And the Number One Worst cereal for sugar content is:

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks

If I am not mistaken, these used to be called “Sugar Smacks.” Of course “honey” sounds healthier. But it still has the sugar, baby. We are talking 55.6% sugar. That is just awesome. So, make sure if you are going to consume this one that you don’t have any blood tests scheduled because your results will be so far off, your doctor would be floored. Another fun fact: This cereal (and Post Golden Crisp) will make your urine smell like Honey Smacks. Keep that in mind. The EWG also mentions that a one-cup serving of the Smacks has more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie. That is just spectacular.

Ohhh Kellogg's! You hurt us so good! 5 of the 10 cereals listed here are from the mighty "K." Not to be outdone, Quaker Oats has 4. General Mills? Where are you?

So, watch your labels out there folks. In case you haven’t noticed, the kids are getting fatter.



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    • MargaritaEden profile image

      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Good information, I wish all moms knew this.

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Sad to say all that sugared cereal is what my daughter in law and my daughter feed their kids, and I hate it. When my kids were growing up I feed them cereal with no sugar added, and I was in control of the sugar bowl.

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      Apryl Schwarz 6 years ago from Nebraska

      Wow. I have always loved how it's completely ok to eat dessert for breakfast. Sugar laced cereal, doughnuts, pancakes, french toast... all dessert. Yum!

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      I used to love these cereals as a kid, I'm so glad I don't eat them eny more, though I still get a craving for Apple Jacks. Great information here, they should post this in the store too, thanks for the info and voted uP!

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      Marlena Oechsner 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Is it any wonder that all of these cereals are placed at kids' eye level in grocery stores? Thanks for the informative hub! Makes me feel better about sticking to my Special K. :)