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A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that it might be easier to get kids to eat low-sugar cereals than you would think. The study found that when given either high-sugar cereals or low-sugar cereals (with an option of sprinkling a little sugar on), kids in both groups said they liked or loved the low-sugar options. The study involved 91 children, aged 5 to 12 years old, and was conducted at three summer camps. Some kids were given Froot Loops, Cocoa Pebbles or Frosted Flakes (which contain 11 to 12 grams of sugar per serving) while others were given Cheerios, Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes (weighing in at 1 to 4 grams of sugar per serving). All kids were given little packets of sugar to sprinkle onto their cereal if they wanted as well as bowls of freshly cut strawberries and bananas.
And the difference in the amount of sugar consumed in the low sugar group was stark -- five teaspoons less! Double bonus: Children in the low-sugar group were more likely to put fresh fruit on their cereal (58 percent did compared to only 8 percent in the high-sugar cereal group).
So if you've got a sugar-cereal junkie at home, try offering him a low-sugar option and a teaspoon of sugar to sprinkle on top -- he may like it better!
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