American Breakfast Cereals for Children Contain Too Much Sugar

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  • American breakfast cereals for children contain too much sugar: According to a recent study from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), American children who eat conventional breakfast cereal every day are consuming more than 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of sugar annually. The study report covered more than 1,500 cereals, including 181 marketed to children and found that children’s cereals contain more than 40 percent more sugars than adult cereals. As part of the study, EWG re-examined 84 cereals previously analyzed 3 years ago (2011), and found that the sugar content of those cereals remained on average at 29 percent. Some cereals even had increased sugar content compared to 2011, and none of the 181 cereals marketed to children was without added sugar. As Dawn Undurraga, an EWG consultant and a co-author of the report stated: “Obviously we know cereals have a lot of sugar in them. But there is a lot that manufacturers can be doing and FDA can be doing, to protect kids.” One better alternative: easy homemade granola.
  • Red wine antioxidant found to have few health benefits:  Antioxidant called resveratrol, which is naturally present in certain fruits and vegetables and also found in red wine, chocolate and other foods, has previously gained a reputation as a cancer and heart disease preventive compound. Now a new study recently published in journal JAMA Internal Medicine suggests otherwise. In 2012 the research on resveratrol came to a spotlight when one of the field’s leading researchers was accused of fabricating results. During the new study researchers measured resveratrol levels in a random sample of 783 people age 65 and over and followed them for a period of nine years. Dr. Richard D. Semba, the lead author and a professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins explains the new findings: “Resveratrol level as achieved by diet alone is not associated with any protective effect. There are supplementation trials, but those results are still inconclusive.”
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