The 22 best and worst cereals for your health

AOL.com editors

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day -- and most Americans reach for that cereal box for an energy-packed start to their day.

However, not all cereals are created equal. Some varieties might as well be considered dessert due to their jaw-dropping levels of sugar. Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Trix and Lucky Charms are some of the worst offenders, with between 10 to 14 grams of sugar in each 1 cup serving. 

For a healthier way to begin your day, opt for cereals high in protein and fiber and low in sugar and sodium -- Cheerios, Kix and Special K cereals will have you feeling energized throughout the day. Similarly, organic brands like Kashi and Cascadian Farms also offer healthier alternatives. 

Can you guess the cereal with the most sugar? You'll definitely be surprised at the answer (Hint: It boasts 20 grams of sugar per 1 cup serving). Check out the slideshow above to find out! 

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