Fizzy's Lunch Lab

Carbohydrates and Sugar


Did you know?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! For the parent and child, it's a jump start for your body and brain. Research shows that kids who ate breakfast were able to concentrate more in class and adults who ate breakfast were able to control weight better than those who did not eat breakfast. Recently there has been a lot of buzz about the sugar content of breakfast cereals. Not all breakfast cereals are created equal; carbohydrate and sugar content of cereals are very different. So what's the buzz about choosing a whole grain breakfast cereal and leaving behind the sugar coated cereal and soda for breakfast!

The Buzz on Carbohydrates and Sugar!
Carbohydrates give you energy. Like choosing the right gas for your car - choosing the right carbohydrates for your body is important. Carbohydrates can be classified as simple, complex or empty. Sodas for example contain a form of simple carbohydrates called sugar. Soda provides quick energy, adds inches to your waistline and runs your body on empty when it comes to vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Whole grain cereals are generally low in sugar and contain complex carbohydrates. Foods with complex carbohydrates provide energy that lasts until lunchtime and often are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

A whole grain cereal topped with low fat milk and fresh fruit are a great way to start you and your child's day.

Be A Label Detective!

The first step in making carbohydrate smart choices at breakfast is to check out the label on breakfast cereals. Take your kids along - visit the cereal aisle in the grocery store and compare food labels. See the difference! Take Professor Fizzy's How Low Can You Go Breakfast Cereal Challenge - aim for cereals that list whole grains as the 1st ingredient and the sugar content is low!

Name of CerealServing SizeCaloriesWhat's the first
ingredient listed
Sugar (grams)Rate the taste.
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