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June 26, 2012

Cereal makers spend $156 million to get kids hooked on sugar

Do cereal companies value profits over children's health?

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If going cold turkey sounds to daunting one should replace sugary cereals and other snacks with items that contain natural sugars like fruit or the sweet herb Stevia. Experts warn not to use too much of these replacements, as they can also be harmful due to over consumption.

It takes the average persons three to seven days to wean themselves off sugar physically, but the mental chains may take much longer to break. 

As far as lowering your child's dependency on sugar, parents should not only stop purchasing pre-sweetened cereals, but also should monitor the amount of television commercials and websites your child views.

This will not only lessen the exposure of unhealthy foods for your children, but it will also lessen the exposure of other unhealthy images and ad campaigns that truly serve no benefit for them.

The full report on sugary cereal advertising can be seen here.

Story provided by ConsumerAffairs.

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