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Bad Report Card for Cereal

Only four of the top 27 cereals marketed to kids received a "Very Good" rating in a nutritional survey by Consumer Reports in its November issue. Cheerios, Kix, Life and Honey Nut Cheerios earned their spot by having relatively low sugar and higher dietary fiber. Cheerios was number one with three grams of fiber and one gram of sugar per serving.

The list bottomed out with Post Golden Crisp (14 grams of sugar), Kellogg's Honey Smacks (15 g) and Kellogg's Corn Pops (12 g). Honey Smacks apparently have more sugar than a glazed donut from Dunkin' Donuts.

Two of the cereals are more than 50 percent sugar, nine of them are at least 40 percent sugar. The report also found many cereals sold in America have higher sugar and sodium content than their counterparts sold overseas. 

If you can't quit the sugary stuff cold turkey, try using smaller bowls to limit portion size, Consumer Reports suggests.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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