How Much Sugar Is REALLY In Your Breakfast Cereal?

Read this before you go adding that teaspoon of sugar to your cereal...

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It's the most important meal of the day, but we all struggle finding the healthier option that also keeps our hunger locked up. 

Of course, the easiest option is a bowl of our favourite cereal with a dollop of milk. But are these really the better option for us?

We did a little digging to find out exactly how much sugar is really in your breakfast bowl. Find your cereal of choice on the chart below to find out the sugar content in a recommended 30g portion.

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Shocked? We know we are.

Nestle's Cookie Crisp came out on top, with one 30g portion containing 13g of sugar, with a bowl of Nestle's Cheerios coming in at a close second with 12g of sugar per serving. 

Surprisingly, Nestle's Shreddies original contain 11.8g of sugar per bowl - that's equal to nearly FOUR sugar cubes. How many of us are guilty of adding a teaspoon of sugar to this cereal to make it sweeter?

It seems that the healthier cereal options still contain more sugar than you would expect, with Kellogg's Special K still containing almost two sugar cubes in every 30g serving. 

Two biscuits of Weetabix - the recommended portion size - contains as little as 1.7g of the sweet stuff, which is just over half of one sugar cube. 

The cereal that contains the least amount of sugar is a 38.5g sachet of Quaker's Oat So Simple porridge, which contains 0.4g of sugar - hardly anything at all! However, it is worth noting that the things you put in the porridge to give it a sweeter taste will of course increase the sugar content. Who doesn't add honey to their porridge?


A photo posted by Alice (@clean_eating_alice) onJun 27, 2016 at 8:38am PDT

'Fitstagrammer' Clean Eating Alice is a strong believer in breakfast. 

"Opting for a breakfast that is nutrient dense and high in protein and/or complex carbohydrates, for example eggs, porridge or a good quality greek yogurt, will ensure you are far more energised for the day ahead," Alice told Heart.

"If you do find yourself with a sweet tooth that needs satisfying, opt for natural sources to sweeten up your breakfast with fruit in your porridge for example."

Alice Liveing, 22, began documenting her healthy food and fitness journey on Instagram , and is now the author of Clean Eating Alice: The Body Bible