Sunday, December 27, 2009

GM Cereals

I always like it when I can find a good deal on cereal. We eat a lot of cereal at our house. It is what we have for breakfast each day. My daughter still likes to nibble on a snack cup of cereal when we are out and about. We have even been known on occasion to have it for dinner or for an evening snack.

I admit that I enjoy a snack of let's me enjoy a sweet indulgence without guilt. Sure, those pre-sweetened cereals that I consume have sugar in them, but really a single serving bowl with 1/2 c of low fat milk is still only about 200 calories and with the milk, provides me with vitamins and minerals that are important to my health. Sometimes, I use a bowl of cereal to get my chocolate fix in a healthy, low calorie way. (it's only 3 - 4 Points for the bowl)

Right now if you visit here you will find a $1 off coupon for one of four General Mills cereals.

I was excited to hear a few weeks ago that General Mills announced a commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals that advertise to kids to single digit grams of sugar per serving. The company has already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain.

Here are a few cereal benefits and facts that MyBlogSpark and General Mills shared:

1. Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child’s diet today.

2. Ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters.

3. More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.

4. Ready-to-eat cereals, including pre-sweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children’s diets.

5. Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children’s diets.

It's not just an opinion, 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.

I received no compensation for this post. I received the information from General Mills and My Blog Spark. I received VIP coupons for free boxes of cereal for my family to enjoy.