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Low-sugar cereals hit the breakfast table

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The cereal makers have finally found religion.

Popping up on shelves recently: low-sugar cereals.

It's about time. A cup of sweetened cereal often has about 15 grams sugar - about one-third of your daily added sugar intake.

The lower-sugar brands have two to three grams of sugar and sometimes a gram of glycerin, a syrupy liquid. They also contain Splenda, a no-calorie sweetener.

Considering how most kids love cereal - and how many of them are not fit and trim - this is a great first step.

Take a look:

- General Mills' Cocoa Puffs: A kid favorite. The regular version has 120 calories and 14 grams of sugar for a one-cup serving. The reduced-sugar version: 120 calories, 3 grams of sugar, 1 gram of glycerin.

- Kellogg's Froot Loops: The reduced sugar version has 120 calories and 10 grams of sugar - a bit high - but one-third less than the 15 grams of sugar in a regular one-cup serving. (Calories are about the same: 130.)

- General Mills' Trix: The regular version: 120 calories, 13 grams of sugar (ouch!) in a one-cup serving. The reduced version: 120 calories, 3 grams of sugar, 1 gram of glycerin.

- General Mills' Cinnamon Toast Crunch: Regular version: 130 calories, 10 grams of sugar in a three-quarters cup serving. New version: 130 calories, 2 grams of sugar.

- Kellogg's Apple Jacks: Regular version: 130 calories and 17 grams of sugar (ouch!) in a one-cup serving. There is no reduced-sugar version.


(c) 2004, The Miami Herald. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service.


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