12 Supposedly Healthy Cereals With More Sugar Than A Doughnut

A powdered Dunkin’ Donuts doughnut contains 13 grams of sugar (more than two-and-a-half teaspoons).

Sugar should be only 5% of your daily calorie intake, according to the World Health Organization. For a healthy adult, that comes out to about 25 grams of sugar. So the doughnut would be more than half of your daily intake.

People looking for a less sugary breakfast than a doughnut may turn to cereal. But beware: Many healthy-looking cereals have more sugar in 1 cup than that doughnut.

While some of the sugar in these cereals comes naturally from dried fruit — a better source than added sugar — that doesn’t give them a free pass. “The natural sugar has fiber and other vitamins, like in the case of raisins, calcium, and Vitamin C,” says Dawn Undurraga, a registered dietician for the Environmental Working Group. “But, we do still care about sugar as a number overall.” She also notes that dried fruit is rarely the only source of sugar in a cereal — it’s usually just one of many. (Familiar yourself with its many aliases.)

EWG recommends eating cereals with no more than 4 grams of sugar per serving, like Cheerios or Rice Krispies. Sweeten them with fresh fruit or no more than 1/4 cup of dried fruit.

12. General Mills’ Fiber One Raisin Bran Clusters: 14 grams of sugar

11. Kellogg’s Smart Start: 14 grams of sugar

10. General Mills Oatmeal Crisp, Crunchy Almond: 16 grams of sugar

9. General Mills’ Fiber One Protein, Maple Brown Sugar: 16 grams of sugar

8. General Mills Total Raisin Bran: 17 grams of sugar

7. Kellogg’s Raisin Bran: 18 grams of sugar

6. General Mills Oatmeal Crisp Hearty Raisin: 19 grams of sugar

5. Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch: 19 grams of sugar

4. Cascadian Farm Organic Oats & Honey Granola Cereal: 21 grams of sugar

3. Kellogg’s Mueslix: 21 grams of sugar

2. Cascadian Farms Organic Fruit and Nut Granola: 25.5 grams of sugar

1. Kellogg’s Low Fat Granola with Raisins: 25.5 grams of sugar

To keep things in perspective, 25.5 grams is basically TWO doughnuts’ worth of sugar. So check the box next time you go cereal shopping!