Sugar in Children’s Cereals: Best and Worst Cereals

The EPG is a great resource for parents/consumers trying to figure out the good and bad of certain foods. I recently came across this article on the Best and Worst Cereals… and considering how many families serve cereal for breakfast every morning…I thought this would be good to share.

Sugar in Children’s Cereals: Best and Worst Cereals


Based on percent sugar by weight

1 Kellogg’s Honey Smacks 55.6%
2 Post Golden Crisp 51.9%
3 Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow 48.3%
4 Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries 46.9%
5 Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original 44.4%
6 Quaker Oats Oh!s 44.4%
7 Kellogg’s Smorz 43.3%
8 Kellogg’s Apple Jacks 42.9%
9 Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries 42.3%
10 Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original 41.4%

Source: EWG analysis of nutrition labels for 84 children’s cereals.


All cereals on this list pass proposed federal guidelines* on sugar, sodium, fat and whole-grain content. They are free of artificial flavors, colors and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose.

Best Cereals

Ask your store to carry these brands, which offer cereals free of pesticides

and genetically modified ingredients:

  • Ambrosial Granola
  • Go Raw
  • Grandy Oats
  • Kaia Foods
  • Laughing Giraffe
  • Lydia’s Organic
  • Nature’s Path Organics

6 Good Big-Brand Cereals

These meet nutrition guidelines and are easy to find but may include ingredients that are genetically modified or grown with pesticides:

  • Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats:

    Unfrosted Bite- Size,

    Frosted Big Bite,

    Frosted Bite-Size,

    Frosted Little Bite

  • General Mills Cheerios Original**
  • General Mills Kix Original**