"Your child´s favorite cereals may actually help fight childhood obesity," said Dr. Keith Ayoob Ed.D., RD. "Cereal provides key nutrients that are important to overall health and cereals, including sweetened cereals, provide less than 5 percent of a child´s daily sugar intake."
In addition, did you know cereal is lower in calories and higher in nutrition than many other breakfast options like bagels with cream cheese and pancakes?
A 2009 study of children aged 6 to 18 shows cereal eaters have healthier body weights than those who don´t eat cereal, regardless of sweetness level.
Cereal eaters consume less fat than non-cereal eaters.
Not all cereals are equal and it´s important to read the labels -- General Mills is proud of its commitment to reduce sugar in all of its kids´ cereals to single-digit levels per serving.
General Mills has more than 30 nutritious cereals with 130 calories or less per serving.
As you enjoy your next bowl of cereal, take the time to read the front and side panel of the box, paying close attention to the Nutrition Facts (calories, fat, vitamins and minerals, sugar, etc.) and ingredient list (note whole grain is the first ingredient). How does your cereal compare to other breakfast choices?
One lucky reader will win a prize pack containing 6-sample sized boxes of cereal along with 4 Crate & Barrel bowls & Zak! spoons.
How to Enter:
*Tell me what cereal benefits surprised you the most from the list above?
This giveaway ends at Noon EST on Tuesday June 28, 2011 with the winner chosen by using random.org. The winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond.
* The cereal and gift pack were provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark. Full disclosure available.