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Halloween-themed cereal: Good for your kids or too much sugar?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

New cereals are hitting the shelves, just in time for Halloween. But are these sugary breakfast choices good for your family?

General Mills one of the country's biggest cereal makers. The company plans to release a record number of monster-themed cereals this month – five - ahead of the spooky holiday at the end of October. Target is featuring retro-packaged cereals in the form of Franken Berry, Boo Berry and Yummy Mummy.

The release is a kind of nostalgic throwback, introducing these themed breakfast options to a new generation, as their parents knew them when they were growing up. But nutritionists are concerned that it is too much sugar for children, especially since they'll undoubtedly be consuming more candy than usually once Halloween comes around.

Michael Jacobson, executive director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said kids shouldn't be encouraged to consume even more

Chicago parents said it's all about moderation. They don't think their children should miss out on the fun cereals like these can bring to breakfast, but they should also balance out their sugar intake for the day with whole meals and healthy snacks. Some other parents also emphasized their desire to let kids be kids.

Six years ago, General Mills reduced the amount of sugar and refined flour they used in each serving 15 g to 9 g. The company also increased the amount of fiber overall. The cereal maker also adds a surprising statistic: 60% of this cereal is consumed by adults!

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