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February 6, 2010

The Cheerios Sugar Factor

by Dan

Like many people, I often eat cereal for breakfast. When my wife went on a no-sugar diet a while back, it wreaked havoc on our cereal eating habit because, you see, most breakfast cereals are stuffed with sugar or high fructose corn syrup.

Reading the nutrition labels, however, taught me something interesting: Cheerios has by far the lowest sugar content of any cereal we eat. While shopping, I found myself in disbelief, telling random people in the super market, “Do you know this stuff has twelve times as much sugar as Cheerios?” I started calling it the Cheerios Factor.

To give you an idea, here is a list of some breakfast cereals and their sugar content. Full nutrition information is available online from General Mills, Kellog’s and Quaker. However, Post prefers to summarize it for you.

CerealServing SizeSugarFactor
Apple Jacks28g12g12.0x
Froot Loops29g12g11.6x
Lucky Charms27g11g11.4x
Frosted Flakes30g11g10.3x
Golden Grahms31g11g9.9x
Cinnamon Toast Crunch31g10g9.0x
Honey Nut Cheerios28g9g9.0x
Raisin Bran59g19g9.0x
Cinnamon Life32g8g7.0x
Honey Bunches of Oats30g7g6.5x
Multigrain Cheerios27g6g6.2x
Frosted Mini Wheats51g10g5.5x
Life32g6g5.3x
Total30g5g4.7x
Wheaties27g4g4.1x
Special K31g4g3.6x
Rice Krispies33g4g3.4x
Corn Flakes28g3g3.0x
Kix30g3g2.8x
Corn Chex31g3g2.7x
Rice Chex27g2g2.1x
Grape-Nuts58g4g1.9x
Cheerios28g1g1.0x
Fiber One30g0gNone

Yes, Cheerios has half the sugar of Grape-Nuts. The only cereal I’ve found that beats Cheerios at its own game is Fiber One, which I’ve never actually eaten.

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