Are ‘COCO POPS’ a good choice as a breakfast cereal for children?
‘COCO POPS’ and other chocolate cereals are so popular with kids. But with 4 teaspoons of sugar per cup, in my mind they do not make a good choice as an everyday breakfast option for kids.
Lets have a look at this in a bit more detail.
Below are quick visual guides to the WHO recommendations for children’s sugar intakes by age.
How to interpret the ‘NEW’ Sugar Gallery Visuals
- The new visual will always specify the amount of the food that is being compared. In this case it is 1 Cup. (In the gallery I will try to keep the amounts used the same across food categories, so that we are comparing “apples with apples”. i.e. all breakfast cereals will be presented as 1 Cup servings.
- The new visual will always show how much sugar is present in the serving specified. In this case it is 4 teaspoons of sugar
- The visual will then compare this amount of sugar against the WHO sugar guidelines by age, this is done with a traffic light system
- Green : The amount of sugar provided in the serving does not exceed 5% of total energy intake for that age
- Orange : The amount of sugar provided in the serving is between 5-10% of total energy intake for that age
- Red : The amount of sugar provided in the serving exceeds 10% of total energy intake for that age
In the case of ‘COCO POPS’ although there is no red light for any of the age groups. It does pay to remember that the visuals represents a full days sugar intake. For ages, 1, 2, and 3yrs, 1 Cup of Coco Pops has already exceeded 5% of total energy intake leaving very little sugar allowance for the rest of the day.
How to choose a good breakfast cereal for children
Personally I believe ‘COCO POPS’ are not a good everyday breakfast cereal choice for children. When I am choosing a breakfast cereal for my children I always check out 3 things on the label before putting it in my trolley. Check out my previous article, to see what these are.
If you are looking for Healthy Kid Breakfasts then be sure to look at this section in my recipe collection
I am upgrading my sugar gallery at the moment it will be growing and improving and will soon become a fantastic visual reference library. Please bear with me as it improves! Feel free to have a peek, but believe me it will be much improved soon, with new visuals, many more foods and indexing by food categories.
What breakfast cereals do your children enjoy?