Cold cereal with milk is one of the fastest ways to get breakfast on the table in the morning. Maybe you've got a cupboard full of different varieties: each kid (and your partner!) have their favorite kind. Cereal can come in handy for a quick snack or even a makeshift dessert. The truth is, most of them pack enough sugar to fall under the latter category.

Take a good look at the ingredient list of the most popular boxes and you'll quickly realize that you are doing you and your family a disservice by feeding them breakfast out of a box.

Have you ever checked out the raisins in a box of Raisin Bran? They are coated with sugar. On the other hand, if the good outweighs the bad, then the extra sweetness may not matter. Kellogg's brand Raisin Brand contains seven grams of fiber, rendering the 40 percent of calories from sugar OK. When corn syrup (or sugar) is listed as the first or second ingredient, then you want to steer clear, but in this family favorite, it's the fifth ingredient making it a healthy winner overall.

Figuring out which cereals are good for your crew is not as complicated as it sounds--once you get the hang of it. Determining which ones your kids will eagerly eat is a bit trickier, but it is not a lost cause.

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