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Consumer Confidential: Unhealthiest cereals, email scam warning

December 7, 2011 | 10:16 am

Here's your why-do-fools-fall-in-love Wednesday roundup of consumer news from around the Web:

-- So what are the unhealthiest cereals? Glad you asked. According to the Environmental Working Group, Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, at nearly 56% sugar by weight, leads the list of the 10 worst children’s cereals. In fact, a one-cup serving of the brand packs more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie, and one cup of any of 44 other children’s cereals reviewed has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies. No. 2 on the bad-for-you list is Post Golden Crisp (51.9% sugar by weight), followed by Kellogg's Froot Loops Marshmallow (48.3%), Quaker Oats Cap'n Crunch's OOPS! All Berries (46.9%) and Quaker Oats Cap'n Crunch Original (44.4%). So what's good? You can't go wrong with a nice bowl of homemade oatmeal. (

-- Heads up: The Better Business Bureau is warning about a malicious email circulating the country. It says the email appears to come from a Better Business Bureau employee about a recently filed complaint with the organization. The email tells recipients to review the matter and advise the organization of their position on the complaint. Recipients are directed to a link which the email claims will take the reader to the BBB website. In fact the link takes recipient elsewhere, where a virus can be downloaded to your computer. An attachment with the mail may also contain a virus. The BBB says that if you get an email like this, delete it. Pronto. (

-- David Lazarus

Photo: Some kids' cereals are nearly half sugar by weight. Credit: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press