A landmark study conducted by researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center found that sugary cereals cause more harm than initially perceived. Almost all people are aware that these breakfast staples contribute to the growing obesity epidemic due to their high sugar content; yet scientists are now tracing a link between cereals and early puberty. Butylhydroxytoleuene, an additive used to prolong shelf-life, is also an endocrine disruptor. The chemical can disrupt normal hormone production and incite unnatural changes in children.

While breakfast is an important part of a person’s day, ignorantly consuming cereals (even those touted as “healthy”) can lead to poor health. Parents, in particular, should be more cautious in what they feed their children.

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