Most parents wouldn’t serve their kids ice cream, or candy for breakfast. So why do some popular kids’ breakfast items contain more added sugar than you’d find in a dessert?

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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommend that no more than 10 percent of daily calories should come from added sugars. Children on average consume 170 percent of the recommended limit of added sugars. Excessive intake among children is associated with weight gain, dental decay, and an increase in risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

A recent report by CSPI analyzed the nutritional quality of school food products. CSPI investigated whether school food products could meet an added sugar limit consistent with the DGA recommendations. The good news? Many K-12 products could fit within a science-based limit. But, unfortunately, many popular breakfast offerings don’t. Companies must do more to reduce added sugars, and support parents and school foodservice providers trying to do right by their kids.