MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Most mornings, cereal can be a quick and tasty way for kids to start out their day. That’s probably why three out of four kids do so on a daily basis.

But you have to be careful about which ones you pick, as some bowls of cereal have enough sugar that you might as well feed your kid a candy bar for breakfast.

Fitness expert Ali Holman dropped by WCCO Monday morning to run through the best and worst kids’ cereals and what you should be looking for on labels.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 20 grams of sugar per day.

Here are some of the cereals that Holman said may have more sugar than you realize.

  • Raisin Bran — 18 grams of sugar per serving (which measures 1 cup)
  • Trix — 31 percent of calories in a serving come from sugar
  • Golden Grahams — 33 percent of calories in a serving come from sugar
  • Chocolate Cheerios — 12 grams of sugar per serving
  • Kelloggs Low Fat Granola — 25 grams of sugar per serving

Holman did have a few cereals that she said earned a gold star for having lower amounts of sugar. They included:

  • Cheerios
  • Rice Krispies
  • Kashi Go Lean Crisp and Kashi Puffs

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