How Much Sugar Is Hiding in Your Breakfast? More Than You Think

How Much Sugar Is Hiding in Your Breakfast? More Than You Think

How much sugar are you eating at breakfast? It’s probably more than you think. With tons of sugary breakfast options like pancakes, waffles, doughnuts, and sugar-coated cereal, it’s clear that many Americans love to get the day started with a sweet treat. But even those who opt for healthier options may be getting far more sugar than they think. Research shows that the average American breakfast contains more sugar than any other single macronutrient like protein, fiber, or complex carbs. Despite the trend towards higher-protein, lower-sugar breakfasts, as a nation, we’re still consuming loads of the sweet stuff — sometimes unwittingly. “People are still eating a lot of sugar in the morning, and people are getting a lot of sugar from so-called healthy breakfasts,” explains researcher Heather Leidy, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences and pediatrics at the University of Texas, Austin, who studies meal quality, and the impact of... Read More