1. Put stickers on sugary cereals with more than 8 grams of added sugar per serving. Why? The recommended added sugar intake for children is less than 24 grams per day. Eating greater than 30% of the recommended daily added sugar in one meal is just too much sugar!
2. Cereal companies are getting smarter in their marketing. Don't get fooled! How? Granola based cereals are marketed as "healthy" but they are loaded with sugar!
3. Notice that serving sizes in cereals have decreased, making products appear to have less sugar. Why? Rather than changing the nutrition of their product, food manufacturers simply alter serving sizes to make their products appear healthier. We very often exceed serving sizes, especially with cereals! Use measuring cups, or better yet- skip the cereal altogether!
A note on fiber...
In nature, most fruits have a ratio of fiber to sugar within the range of 1 gram of fiber to 1-3 grams of sugar.
Fiber makes us feel full and less likely to keep eating. It also helps slow down the release of sugar in the body. Make sure you eat enough fiber!