My house is always stocked with cereal. With 5 kids and a husband, we go through a box every other day. My kids would eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day if I’d let them. They snack on it in the afternoons, and my husband always has a bowl before he goes to bed in the morning and again before he leaves for work at night.
I used to worry about how much sugar my kids were consuming because of all the cereal, but thanks for General Mills‘ “Whole Grain Guarantee,” I started worrying a little less.
Now there’s even more great news for moms of cereal lovers! General Mills recently announced a commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12. Their promise? To get the number of grams of sugar per serving to a single digit. General Mills has already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients (like calcium and vitamin D) and also providing whole grain, but this commitment puts them above and beyond what other cereal companies are offering.
I recently found out some facts about cereal that I hadn’t heard:
- Ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol, and more fiber than non-cereal eaters.
- Cereals deliver important vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients making it a top source of key nutrients in a child’s diet.
- Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in kids’ diets.
- Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child’s diet today.
- More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.
Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office.
For more information about kids and cereals, please visit Cereal Health and Wellness.
My Review of General Mills
MyBlogSpark and General Mills sent me coupons for 4 boxes of cereal to test out on my kids. We headed to the grocery store, and I let each of the older kids pick out their favorite. Before I could even tell them that they had to pick out a box with the “Big G” on it, they had each already grabbed their favorites. It just happened that each of them had picked a General Mills cereal without my telling them, too.
Lucy picked Lucky Charms, Zander wanted Cookie Crisp, Ashley had to have Reeses’ Puffs, and Jace wanted Honey Nut Clusters. (He likes the squirrel on the box.) I also grabbed a box of Cheerios for Parker, because we were running low on our stock at home.
As soon as I got the boxes in the cart, it started. “Mom, can we have a bowl of cereal when we get home?” “Mom, make sure Zander only eats his cereal and doesn’t touch my box.” (That was Jace.) “Mama, I love Lucky Charms!”
Obviously, my kids really love General Mills’ cereals. And I’m really impressed by General Mills’ commitment to make cereal even better for my kids. It’s one less thing this busy mom has to worry about.
Coupon Offer from General Mills
Click here for a $1 off coupon for one of four General Mills cereals. (Good on Trix, Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Lucky Charms.)
*Information received in this post not in the “review” portion courtesy of MyBlogSpark.
Disclaimer: General Mills sent me vouchers for 4 free boxes of cereal through the MyBlogSpark program. The free cereal did not influence my thoughts or opinions, and this is my honest review of this company’s product.