Do Cheerios Have Added Sugar? (Answered)

It’s no secret that numerous brands of cereal contain added sugar. Many of these cereals have enough to be almost considered dessert than a nutritious breakfast.

But, what about the added sugar in Cheerios?

This article specifically discusses the amount of added sugar in Cheerios products. We also provide a comparison of the added sugar in Cheerios to other popular cereals.

You will have a clear understanding of the added sugar in Cheerios by the end of this article. Let’s get into it!

Cheerios & Added Sugar

All Cheerios cereals have added sugar. However, the amount of added sugar varies based on the variety.

The table below reflects the added and total sugars found in each Cheerios cereal. Original Cheerios has the least amount of added sugar at 1 gram per serving with Multi Grain coming in second with 8 grams.

Serving SizeAdded Sugars(g)Total Sugars(g)
Original Cheerios1 1/2 Cup (39g)1g2g
Honey Nut 1 Cup (36g)12g12g
Frosted1 Cup (36g)12g12g
Multi Grain1 1/3 Cup (39g)8g8g
Multi Grain With Real Strawberries1 1/3 Cup (39g)7g8g
Very Berry1 Cup (36g)11g11g
Strawberry Banana1 Cup (37g)11g11g
Honey Vanilla1 Cup (36g)9g9g
Pumpkin Spice1 Cup (36g)11g11g
Maple1 Cup (36g)11g11g
Honey Nut Cheerios Medley1 Cup (43g)12g12g
Cinnamon1 Cup (36g)11g11g
Chocolate Peanut Butter1 Cup (36g)9g9g
Chocolate1 Cup (36g)10g10g
Oat Crunch – Oats ‘N Honey1 Cup (54g)15g15g
Oat Crunch – Cinnamon1 Cup (54g)15g15g
Oat Crunch – Almond1 Cup (54g)14g15g
Blueberry1 Cup (36g)10g10g
Apple Cinnamon1 Cup (37g)12g12g

Added Sugar: Cheerios Vs. Popular Cereals

In comparison to the other popular cereals featured below, Original Cheerios has the lowest amount of added sugar. However, the other varieties of Cheerios are much closer in comparison with the exception of Corn Flakes.

CerealServing SizeAdded Sugars(g)Total Sugars(g)
Original Cheerios1 1/2 Cup (39g)1g2g
Honey Bunches of Oats – Honey Roasted1 Cup (41g)8g9g
Special K With Red Berries1 Cup (39g)10g11g
Apple Jacks1 1/3 Cup (39g)13g13g
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes1 1/2 Cup4g4g
Kellogg’s Original Raisin Bran1 Cup (59g)9g17g
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes1 Cup (37g)12g12g
Lucky Charms Original1 Cup (36g)12g12g
Cinnamon Toast Crunch1 Cup (41g)12g12g
Cap’n Crunch Original1 Cup (38g)17g17g

Recommended Added Sugar Per Day

The American Heart Association (AHA) has established recommendations for the maximum amount of added sugar we should be consuming. They suggest that most adults and children not exceed the following added sugar on a daily basis:

  • Men – 9 teaspoons or 36 grams
  • Women – 6 teaspoons or 24 grams
  • Children – 6 teaspoons or 24 grams

Another added sugar recommendation comes from the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2020-2025). They recommend less than 10% of total calories come from added sugars. On a 2,000-calorie diet, that translates into 50 grams or 12 teaspoons maximum of added sugar per day.

Don’t feel alone if you are over the above recommendations. According to Health Food America, 58% of Americans exceed the added sugar recommendation disclosed in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Undoubtedly even more Americans don’t meet the stricter AHA guidelines.

Final Thoughts

Original Cheerios is one of the solid choices down the cereal aisle if you don’t want to consume a lot of added sugar. However, you may wish to be cautious about overconsuming the other varieties. The added sugar in these cereals is on par with many sugary cereals.

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