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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin eats cereal that takes five grapefruits and a dozen bran muffins to even out the sugar (and possibly more, since Hobbes trails off while explaining this).
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* [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] eats cereal that takes five grapefruits and a dozen bran muffins to even out the sugar (and possibly more, since Hobbes trails off while explaining this).
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** The Urkel-Os cereal (made by the same company, Ralston) has ''Creator/JaleelWhite'' saying "''The Urkelized part of this complete breakfast.''"


* Bacon also got its start by getting marketed this way -- obviously, it was quite effective.

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* The Nintendo Cereal System ad claims "The Nintendo Cereal System is a super part of this nutritious breakfast," featuring two bowls of cereal next to a glass of orange juice, a pitcher of milk, and two pieces of toast.


Further complicating things, the nutrition panels on cereal boxes in the UK tend to include the vitamins and calcium from average milk on top of those present in the dry cereal by itself, but this is more reasonable. Canadian and US labels show both the pre- and post-milk values.

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Further complicating things, the nutrition panels on cereal boxes in the UK tend to include the vitamins and calcium from average milk on top of those present in the dry cereal by itself, but this is more reasonable. Canadian and US labels show both the pre- and post-milk values.values (usually skim milk).


Ironically, in the 1950s and '60s, having sugar added to a breakfast cereal was actually its ''selling point.'' You normally added your own sugar to your cereal anyway, and a pre-sweetened cereal meant you could save a step (and parents could know ''how much'' added sugar their kids were getting). By the end of the 1970s, though, [[ScienceMarchesOn sugar had become demonized]], so sugary cereals took steps to [[UnfortunateIngredients downplay their sugar content]]: They changed their names (e.g. from Sugar Smacks to Honey Smacks, or from Sugar Frosted Flakes to just Frosted Flakes), and they started splitting the sugar into multiple types so that "sugar" no longer appeared at the top of the ingredients list (e.g. instead of being "Sugar, wheat flour, oat flour, ...", the ingredients now read "Wheat and oat flour, sugar, glucose-fructose, ...", even though the contents of the box were identical).

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Ironically, in the 1950s and '60s, having sugar added to a breakfast cereal was actually its ''selling point.'' You normally added your own sugar to your cereal anyway, and a pre-sweetened cereal meant you could save a step (and parents could know ''how much'' added sugar their kids were getting). By the end of the late 1970s, though, [[ScienceMarchesOn sugar had become demonized]], so sugary cereals took steps to [[UnfortunateIngredients downplay their sugar content]]: They changed their names (e.g. from Sugar Smacks to Honey Smacks, or from Sugar Frosted Flakes to just Frosted Flakes), and they started splitting the sugar into multiple types so that "sugar" no longer appeared at the top of the ingredients list (e.g. instead of being "Sugar, wheat flour, oat flour, ...", the ingredients now read "Wheat and oat flour, sugar, glucose-fructose, ...", even though the contents of the box were identical).

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** This educational film from the '70s lampshades this. A fictitious cereal called "Giggles" is shown surrounded with plates of oranges, bacon, eggs, and toast. [[https://youtu.be/pzEp65hNLq4?t=558]]


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* In ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'', John compares the ineffectiveness of "FDA Cleared" certification to this trope, saying that even heroin can be part of a balanced breakfast if you put it with a bunch of healthy foods.


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