In recognition of National Cereal Day on Saturday, CNN ranked popular cereals from least to most sugar content. And honestly, it’s a shocker that any of us are still here. The list ranks 13 cereals from the ‘90s/’00s; according to the Child and Adult Care Program, if any cereal has .21 grams of sugar or less per dry ounce, it’s officially Healthy. Only two cereals evaluated made that cut: Cheerios (.04 grams) and Rice Krispies (.1 grams). After that, well, yikes. Here are the rest, with some ties in there:
11. Cinnamon Toast Crunch (.29 grams)
8. Froot Loops, Reese’s Puffs, Trix (.31 grams)
4. Apple Jacks, Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Fruity Pebbles (.33 grams)
3. Frosted Flakes (.36 grams)
2. Lucky Charms (.37 grams)
1. Cap’n Crunch (.45 grams)
That’s right, Cap’n Crunch has more than double the suggested sugar intake per dry ounce. It’s wild that Cinnamon Toast Crunch – so unabashedly smothered in sugar that its slogan was “The Taste You Can See!” – is relatively healthy in the realm of unhealthy cereals. Also, the fact that there are cereals worse for you than Cookie Crisp, which is literally just small cookies, is terrifying. Moral of the story here: don’t kid yourself, this stuff is basically dessert.