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Sugar for breakfast? Think again says paediatric dieticians


Don’t be fooled by cereal boxes indicating that it is a healthier choice. Jennifer Willoughby, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, recommends cereals with oats, shredded wheat, barley, bran and other ingredients naturally high in fiber.
High fibre cereals help you to feel fuller for a longer period of time.
Avoid products with corn syrup, sugar dextrin or glucose.

Rather add toppings to a cereal to increase its taste and texture. A little bit of dark chocolate comes to mind.
To sweeten the cereal , add berries to the cereal.
Chose nutrition labels that have at least 5 grams of fibre, 3 grams of fat per serving, less than 140 mg of sodium and no more than 8 grams of sugar.
A good way of weaning children off sugary cereals would be to gradually mix it with a healthy cereal.
As time goes on the sugary cereal can be decreased until the good cereal becomes completely palatable.

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