Archive for December 7th, 2011
Would you give your child a Twinkie for breakfast? Some children’s cereals offer the equivalent of a Twinkie to your child in terms of sugar, according to the Environmental Working Group. The EWG has just issued its report on this topic.
Parents have good reason to worry about the sugar content of children’s breakfast cereals, according to an Environmental Working Group review of 84 popular brands. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, at nearly 56 percent sugar by weight, leads the list of high-sugar cereals, according to EWG’s analysis. A one-cup serving of Honey Smacks packs more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie, and one cup of any of 44 other children’s cereals has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies. Most children’s cereals fail to meet the federal government’s proposed voluntary guidelines for foods nutritious enough to be marketed to children. Sugar is the top problem, but many also contain too much sodium or fat or not enough whole grain.
The bottom line: Most parents say no to dessert for breakfast, but many children’s cereals have just as much sugar as a dessert – or more.
What else can be said about National Geographic’s photos that hasn’t already been said? Check out the National Geographic Homepage for photography for many jaw-dropping photos, including this photo of Camel Thorn Trees, Namibia.
At Mother Jones, Tim Murphy showcases quite a bit of Newt Gingrich baggage that will make it difficult for him to get the GOP nomination. The baggage falls into two categories: A) Newt’s personal family values baggage and B) Positions that he has taken on issues like health care reform, immigration and the environment that will horrify modern-day GOP ideologues. Check out, especially, Gingrich’s 2005-2007 position on health care reform, which dovetails quite well with Barack Obama’s approach.