Sugary cereals: 'Healthy cereals' that contain more sugar than a doughnut

Does your breakfast include a sugary cereal? Is it more like an after-dinner dessert? Read on to find out...

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You wouldn't eat a sugar coated doughnut for breakfast, but without realising it you might actually be consuming MORE sugar through your favourite morning cereal.

In fact, you’ll be surprised at how many of your favourite healthy cereals are actually laden with sugar.

Whilst a traditional bowl of wholegrain is a good source of minerals, vitamins and fibre, some of today's bestselling brands slip under the radar containing more salt than a Magnum Classic ice cream bar and more than 20% of your daily sugar intake.

Even so-called healthy cereals aren’t necessarily as good for you as you might think they are and in many cases, you’d be better of choosing the chocolate-y children’s picks over your usual granola or muesli!

A quick scan of the nutritional small print revealed that whilst a shop-bought jam doughnut contains 7g of sugar, a 30g serving of Kellogg's Crunchy Nut contains 17g.

You would literally have to munch your way through 2 and a half doughnuts before you even begin to reach the level of sugar in your bowl of honey coated flakes and that's not including any extra sugar often liberally sprinkled onto your bowl at home. Pretty shocking isn’t it?

This means that before you’ve even left the door, you’ve already consumed nearly half your daily recommended intake of sugar.

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Consider that you might munch on some fruit later in the day or even indulge in a biscuit with your tea or dessert after dinner, and you’re likely to be way over your limit. Eating too much sugar doesn’t just cause weight gain – it’s also linked to tooth decay, diabetes and even heart disease.

With seemingly healthy foods containing more sugar than forbidden treats, it's no wonder we are a generation of sugar addicts. Are you being fooled by these healthy cereals?’ Read on to see if any of the worst offenders have found their way into your food cupboard...

Nestle Shreddies

We're not sure what those Nana's are knitting into them but Nestle Shreddies came up as one of the worst sugary cereals. This high in fibre breakfast staple contains 5g of sugar and 0.29g salt per 40g serving. Frosted Shreddies, a whopping 14g of sugar, which works out at 11% of your daily sugar intake.

Kellogg's Cornflakes, £2

Kellogg's Cornflakes, £2

Undoubtably the most famous breakfast cereal on British soil, Kellogg's Cornflakes contain a slightly more modest 9g of sugar - still more than a calorific doughnut mind. It's tastier counterpart Crunchy Nut is unsurprisingly back at the higher end of the scale, packed with 17 grams of the white stuff.

Nestle Cheerios, £3.19

Nestle Cheerios, £3.19

These delicious crunchy O's are packed with 4 wholegrains and 12 grams of sugar (two doughnuts worth to be precise). This bestselling favourite is also liberally sprinkled with salt, at 0.5 grams per serving, Nestle Cheerios came up as one of the saltiest.

Alpen Original muesli, £2.79

Alpen Original muesli, £2.79

Alpen Original Muesli's mixture of dried fruit and wholegrain oats, has a hefty 10g of sugar but contains the lowest amount of salt at 0.1g.

Kellogg's Special K Original, £3.29

Kellogg's Special K Original, £3.29

A popular cereal marketed at women trying to lose weight, Kellogg's Special K surprisingly contains 11g of sugar and up to 0.9g salt per serving - one of the highest levels we've seen on the supermarket shelves.