Cereal – Good or Bad?
July 18, 2018
Giving your child a little cereal now and then will not cause any harm. It’s easy to prepare and is a quick breakfast option. However, the Harvard School of Public Health confirmed that too many sugary cereals can lead to obesity. Therefore, you need to choose your cereal wisely to avoid giving your toddler too much sugar.
What type of Cereals should I give my toddler?
Give your toddler cereals that are low in sugar and are filled with whole grains and are high in fiber. Your cereal should be 100% whole grain, with at least 3 grams of fiber and less than 8 grams of sugar. Some processed cereals like cornflakes, rice crispies, and puffed cereals are very low in fiber so avoid those. Always read the nutrition facts panel carefully before purchasing your baby cereal.
TIP: Adding fruits to plain cereal will increase nutritional value and will satisfy kids craving for sugar!
Organic Cereals are Good Choices Too
There are several reasons why some parents opt to serve their toddler organic cereals. Some of these reasons are that organic cereals have:
‣ no fertilizers
‣ no pesticides
‣ no antibiotics
‣ no hormones
‣ no preservatives
‣ environmentally friendly
Most of all, organic cereals have way more benefits than processed cereals and are delicious and appetizing. Furthermore, because they are natural your child will stay healthy and full of energy.
TIP: When shopping for organic cereals, look for the certified organic labels!
Still wondering if cereals are good or bad? Well, it depends on what you choose. Always remember that, when deciding which cereal is right for your baby, you should:
• Choose low sugar cereals
• choose whole grains and fiber
• choose organic cereals
The choice is totally up to you and what you think is best for your baby.
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