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    A “Touch” Of Honey… And A Whole Lot More!

    ServeImageOne of Kellogg’s newest products is its Special-K low-fat granola.

    I came across it for the first time in the supermarket today and got such a kick out of its misleading advertising that I must share it with you.

    The front of the box states:

    “Touch of honey”

    I don’t know about you, but when I hear that something is sweetened with a “touch of honey”, I assume honey is the only sweetener used (and used in low amounts, no less).

    A look at the ingredient list reveals the following (I bolded certain ingredients for effect):

    Whole grain oats, sugar, corn syrup, oat bran, rice, honey, soluble wheat fiber, modified corn starch, soy grits, molasses, corn flour, natural flavor, salt, acacia gum, soy protein isolate, oat fiber, evaporated cane juice, malt flavoring high fructose corn syrup, niacinamide, reduced iron, BHT (preservative), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamin hydrochloride (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vitamin A palmitate, folic acid, ferrous fumarate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin D, vitamin B12.

    Sugar, sugar everywhere!  There are no less than seven different sweeteners — including honey — in this product.

    There most certainly is a “touch of honey”, along with a touch of sugar, corn syrup, molasses, evaporated cane juice, malt flavoring, and high fructose corn syrup.

    The sugar content isn’t anything extravagant (9 grams — or slightly over 2 teaspoons — per 3/4 cup serving), but it’s well beyond a “touch” of sweetness.  For what it’s worth, you get the same amount of sugar from a three-quarter-cup serving of Fruity Pebbles!

    Remember — and I will never tire of saying this — that the use of honey as a sweetener does not make a product healthier, lower in sugar, or less caloric.

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    You Ask, I Answer: Fiber One Cereal

    fiberone_hc2.jpegI was wondering what you thought of Fiber One Honey Clusters cereal.

    The ingredient list is a little long, but the first ingredient is whole grain wheat, then whole grain oats.

    It tastes so sweet, but the label says there are only 6 grams of sugar per cup.

    Is this cereal really good for you or not?

    — Jessie Arent
    Peterborough, NH

    Let’s examine the evidence.

    First up, the nutrition label.  A 1-cup serving of Fiber One Honey Clusters contains:

    • 160 calories
    • 0 grams saturated fat
    • 280 milligrams sodium (almost twice as much as a vending-machine-size bag of potato chips)
    • 320 milligrams potassium (roughly as much as a very small banana)
    • 13 grams fiber
    • 6 grams sugar
    • 5 grams protein

    This cereal also offers — as a result of fortification — a quarter of a day’s worth of the Daily Value of all B vitamins, iron, and zinc; 10 percent of the Daily Value of calcium and phosphorus, and eight percent of the Daily Value of magnesium.

    Let’s take a peek at the ingredient list.  Some interesting observations:

    • Sugar shows up six different times, each time under a different name (sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, barley malt extract, honey, and malt syrup).  This is a common trick used by food manufacturers.  If all of these ingredients were labeled as “sugar”, then “sugar” would show up earlier in the ingredient list.  Mind you, these six instances do not include the times sugar is part of another ingredient, as is the case with the “wheat bits.”  In total, sugar appears in some form thirteen times.
    • The high fiber content is largely due to the presence of inulin.
    • Fiber One tastes so sweet because it also contains sucralose (AKA Splenda)

    There are a few things that don’t sit well with me.

    The first is the presence of artificial sweeteners, especially since each serving of Fiber One already delivers a teaspoon and a half of sugar (which I think is a reasonable amount for a cereal to provide).

    Artificial sweeteners have the “benefit” of being calorie-free (or, in some cases, very low-calorie), but they do nothing in terms of helping our palates get used to lower amounts of sugar in the diet.  In fact, they often make it worse.  Remember, Splenda is 600 times sweeter than sugar!

    While there is nothing wrong with including inulin (a prebiotic fiber naturally found in asparagus, onions, bananas, and other fruits and vegetables), I am not a huge fan of extracting it simply to boost fiber values.

    That said, it is at least being used in a whole grain product.  I have a real problem when refined grain products use inulin to give themselves a fiber boost.

    What I always tell people who consume Fiber One products is to treat it as one of many sources of fiber.  In other words, Fiber One should not be the only source of fiber in your diet.

    I specifically say that because I have come across a fair share of consumers who have told me one reason why they love Fiber One is because, if they have two cups of it a day, then they don’t really have to worry about eating fiber the rest of the day.

    Not true.  Other foods — fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other whole grains — contain different kinds of fibers (and hundreds of different phytonutrients!) that deliver their unique share of health benefits.

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    Research, Shmesearch

    mini_wheats(1)Tens of thousands of research studies have played a pivotal role in the discovery and perpetual evolution of nutrition science.

    Unfortunately, there has also been plenty of “research” solely meant to push forward certain food companies’ agendas and products.

    Case in point — the latest study attributed to Frosted Mini Wheats.  

    In their quest to convince parents that this cereal is the absolute best for children, this is what Kellogg’s is pushing on their website and in television advertisements:

    A clinical study showed kids who ate a filling breakfast of Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats cereal had 11% better attentiveness compared to kids who missed out on breakfast.

    And then there’s this gem:

    A clinical study showed kids who ate a filling breakfast of Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats cereal had 23% better quality of memory when compare to kids who missed out on breakfast.

    What this one study appears to show, then, is that eating breakfast is better for mental function than not eating it.  The Frosted Mini Wheats are irrelevant.

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    Vocab Bite: Cerealitis

    cereal_aislece⋅re⋅a⋅li⋅tis [seer-ee-uhlie-tis]

    – noun

    1. The overwhelming feeling of indecisiveness experienced upon browsing the cereal aisle at a supermarket
    2. The often frustrating and time-consuming quest to find a cereal that is high in nutrition and taste (and reasonably priced); often accompanied by nutrition label comparisons and careful reading of ingredients

    Example: Sorry I took so long at the supermarket.  I had the worst case of cerealitis!

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    More of the Same

    Join me as I peruse the breakfast food aisle and analayze the newest offerings.

    First up — Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Extra (traditional Kellogg’s Raisin Bran with yogurt clusters, cranberries, and almonds.)

    While points are scored for the exclusive use of whole wheat and presence of seven grams of fiber, not all is peachy.

    The ingredient list displays sugar on six separate occasions, and a cup of this cereal contains as much sodium as two 1-ounce bags (think vending machine size) of Doritos!

    Hannah Montana’s gruesome invasion of pop culture now extends to cereal thanks to Kellogg’s Hannah Montana cereal (“multi-grain secret star cereal with strawberry milkshake flavoring.”)

    The product’s nutrition label, much like Miley Cyrus’ vocal capability, is absolutely lackluster.

    One cup offer a paltry gram of fiber, 2 grams of protein, and five times more sodium than potassium (the marker of a heavily processed food).

    The ingredient list doesn’t fare out much better. First up on the list? Corn meal.

    Since the cereal is made from corn and oat, it is obnoxiously advertised as “multi grain” (literally meaning “more than one grain” and further proof that “multi grain” has nothing to do with fiber content!)

    Let’s move on to Pop Tarts’ newest flavor, chocolate banana split (“white dough, banana/chocolate striped filling, white base frosting, and crunchlettes”).

    Just one of these toaster pastries (not exactly the most accurate serving size, especially since you get two per individual pack) clocks in at 200 calories, 200 milligrams of sodium, and 4 teaspoons of added sugar.

    Despite the illustration of fresh banana slices on the packaging, bananas are missing from the ingredient list.

    Underwhelming, yet not at all surprising.

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    When 100% Isn’t Really 100%

    The new boxes of Total cereal proudly exclaim:

    “NOW! The most calcium and Vitamin D of any leading cereal!”

    (Although I couldn’t find a photograph of these boxes, the slightly outdated one on the left boasts the 100% calcium claim).

    A cup of this retooled version provides a day’s worth of calcium (1,000 milligrams) — too bad our bodies can only metabolize approximately 500 milligrams at a time.

    In other words, that bowl of cereal actually provides, at most, half a day’s worth of calcium.

    Not bad by any means, but not quite what the food label says.

    I am also concerned about a cereal that attempts to provide a day’s worth of iron and calcium in the same serving, since high amounts of calcium (anything above 300 milligrams, per the research literature) are known to interfere with the absorption of non-heme iron.

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    Keeping It Real With Your Cereal

    As someone who loves nutritious food, eye-catching websites, and freedom of choice, I must tell you about a new custom artisanal cereal company named [Me] & Goji.

    Created by three socially and environmentally conscious twenty-something businessmen unhappy with the vast selection of unhealthy — or healthy but tasteless — cereals on the market, [Me] & Goji allows you to create your own cereal from thirty different nutritious, 100% organic ingredients ranging from oat bran flakes and wheat germ to dried mango, goldenberries, and almonds.

    Your chosen ingredients are then hand-mixed and sent to you within a week in a sleek tube-shaped capsule (which, by the way, makes for a lovely and funky flower vase once empty!) that features your concoctions’ name (as christened by you), a nutrition facts label, and an ingredient list.

    Although the $11 price tag for an average capsule might seem hefty, it isn’t quite as astronomical when you consider that each capsule contains 21 ounces of cereal (many organic cereals available at supermarkets come in 14 ounce boxes and retail for $4.99.)

    Still, while more costly than buying a box of cereal at the supermarket, this is a wonderfully creative gift for a cherished healthy eater, cereal lover, or always-happy-to-get-some-free-food college student in your life.

    Which begs the Barbara Walters-inspired question. If you were a cereal, what type of cereal would you be?

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    You Ask, I Answer/Perfect Pickings: Cereal

    I love cereal and eat it almost every morning but I often feel like the ones I eat are probably too sugary or not very substantial.

    Can you recommend a cereal or two that you consider healthy and nutritious?

    — Jenna Kozel
    Washington, DC

    Since the cereal market is so vast, I find it easier to recommend particular nutrient values and ingredients to look for in these products.

    The first thing to take note of is the serving size.

    Many brands of granola, for instance, use a quarter cup as their serving size, which is absolutely laughable.

    A lot of cereals, meanwhile, list their serving size as a half cup.

    If you have a measuring cup at home, please pour enough cereal into it to fill it to the brim. Yes, that tiny amount is what many companies use as a “serving.” Unreal!

    What I recommend you do as early as tomorrow morning is pour the amount of cereal you normally eat into a bowl.

    Then, use a measuring cup to determine the exact amount of cereal in that bowl.

    Keep that figure as a reference each time you read a cereal’s nutrition label, as it will help you make smarter choices when shopping.

    Let’s say you eat 1.5 cups of cereal every morning.

    If a cereal using half cup servings delivers 150 calories per serving, while another using 1 cup servings offers 200, you now know which is the better choice for you (in this case, the latter would add 300 calories to your day, while the first one would add up to 450.)

    You also want to pay attention to fiber content.

    I recommend anywhere from 4 to 7 grams of fiber per serving.

    Again, since the average person eats more than one serving of cereal in one sitting, I don’t think it’s necessary to track down cereals offering fiber in the double digits.

    Sugar values are also important. I consider up to 3 grams per serving to be the limit (especially since, again, most people eat two or three servings of cereal at a time).

    Be careful with cereals containing raisins or other fruit, as the naturally-occurring fruit sugars “unfairly” drive up sugar numbers.

    Twelve grams of sugar per serving from a cereal with marshmallows offers less nutrition than twelve grams of sugar from a cereal that contains raisins (which provide antioxidants and phytonutrients.)

    If you enjoy raisins in your cereal, you — and your wallet — are better off buying raisins separately and adding them yourself.

    Finally, take a look at the ingredient list. You want to this to be short and, ideally, be absent of refined grains (i.e.: enriched wheat flour.)

    When in doubt, look for the Whole Grains Council Stamp.

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    Red, White, and Blue — And Good For You

    With patriotic spirits soaring over the past few days, I thought it would be perfect timing to discuss U.S. Mills’ cereal and instant oatmeal products — easy and very tasty ways to increase your whole grain and fiber intake.

    Three quarters of a cup of Uncle Sam’s original cereal offers 10 grams of fiber (all derived from the ingredients, not added on for fortification), 7 grams of protein, and 0.5 grams of sugar in a 190 calorie package.

    I do wish, however, that this cereal included ground flaxseed (as opposed to whole) for even more of a nutrition boost.

    In any case, throw in some sliced bananas, add your milk of choice (dairy, soy, rice, etc.) and you have a filling, wholesome breakfast.

    Their instant oatmeal with non-genetically modified soymilk, meanwhile, makes for a wonderfully convenient vegan breakfast.

    Simply add water and enjoy…

    160 calories
    50 milligrams of sodium
    (that’s 220 fewer milligrams than the same amount of Quaker instant flavored oatmeal)
    5 grams of fiber
    6 grams — a mere teaspoon and a half — of added sugar (50% less than Quaker flavored oatmeals)
    7 grams of protein

    … per packet.

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    You Ask, I Answer: Probiotic Cereal

    I loved your video about deceptive food advertising!

    So what do you think of Kashi’s “Vive” cereal?

    There is a banner on the box claiming it’s probiotic and helps with “digestive wellness.”

    Is that true? If it is, how does it make it better than other cereals?

    — Joanne Castro
    Santa Fe, NM

    Let’s first begin by talking about probiotics.

    That’s the name given to beneficial bacteria living in our colons that help keep harmful bacteria from multiplying and starting problems (FYI: prebiotics are compounds in food that help feed probiotics.)

    We harbor anywhere from 370 – 450 different stands of probiotic bacteria in our colon.

    Although we produce and house them, it is believed poor nutrition can significantly reduce their numbers.

    Antibiotics, meanwhile, kill all bacteria — including probiotics.

    The most famous probiotic, of course, is Lactobacillus acidophilus, the probiotic contained in many yogurts.

    Allow me to digress a little and say the following: heat treatment can destroy Lactobacillus Acidophilus.

    So, the closest way to ensure you are getting beneficial bacteria is via a “Live and Active Cultures” statement (although this does not guarantee said cultures are starter bacteria.)

    What many people don’t realize is that all fermented foods — not just yogurt — contain probiotics, including tempeh (fermented soy), blue cheese, sauerkraut, and wine.

    The largest body of research on probiotics has focused on the therapeutic effect they have on diarrhea developed as a result of taking antibiotics.

    Other than that, a lot of the health-promoting properties attributed to probiotics in food are yet to be discovered, or at least confirmed by science.

    Although I can understand the link between probiotics and immune health (mainly since beneficial bacteria are a good defense against harmful varieties,) claims by some supplement companies of helping lower cancer risk are, as of now, completely baseless.

    One main problem with probiotic food research is that many strands are destroyed by stomach acids before they even reach the large intestine.

    So, how they perform in a laboratory setting does not necessarily reflect what takes place in our bodies.

    Additionally, only a handful of probiotic strands have been closely studied.

    It is also worth pointing out that in order for probiotics to have any sort of impact — assuming the strand in Vive does — they need to be consumed on a daily basis. So, a bowl of Vive three times a week isn’t really going to do much for you.

    In any case, the particular probiotic present in Vive is strain LA14 of Lacto acidophilus.

    Kashi’s official statement is that this cereal contains 109 colony forming units of said probiotic per serving of Vive.

    Sounds great. But, although this strand survives the digestive process, there have not been any studies examining specific health benefits.

    While it certainly won’t do you any harm, no one really knows what exactly you are supposed to gain from eating Vive regularly (“aids with digestive wellness” is too broad a statement for me.)

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    In The News: Michael Phelps & Tony The Tiger Make It Official

    So Michael Phelps (perhaps you’ve heard of him?) has apparently angered a few nutritionists for agreeing to appear on boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal.

    Really? I can’t believe some people in the nutrition field are up in arms over this when there are more serious issues worth devoting time to.

    How about stepping back a little and loosening up? It’s not as if he’s the face of Burger King or Ben & Jerry’s.

    No, Frosted Flakes are not a nutrition powerhouse, but the recently launched lower sugar variety only delivers 120 calories and 8 grams (2 teaspoons) of added sugar in a 1 cup serving. By no means stellar, but semi-decent.

    The most ironic part of this whole “controversy” is that “health experts [are] worried about the message he’ll be sending to children across America.”

    How so? Isn’t his main message all about exercising and being in shape?

    This is a man who achieved fame by being the fastest swimmer at the Olympics. His career is all about burning calories!

    I find the mental junk food provided by any given episode of The Hills to be much more worrisome.

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    You Ask, I Answer: Fiber Intake & Dieting

    Andy, I want to add more fiber to my diet, but I don’t have a lot of calories to spare.

    I’m trying to do 1200 cal per day (it’s been a real struggle) and usually really consume about 1400+ per day. I’ll try the flax seed, everything else I already do.

    — Laura Lafata
    Miami Beach, FL

    I am assuming 1200 calories is a number a health professional (such as a Registered Dietitian) came up with for you.

    If it isn’t, make sure you have it double-checked by someone with a background in nutrition to ensure that you are not slowing down your metabolism unnecessarily.

    In situations where calorie intake is in the 1200 – 1400 range, it is important to have high-fiber foods throughout the day.

    Here are some examples:

    • A half cup of chickpeas adds up to 5.3 grams of fiber and 143 calories.
    • A 2/3 cup serving of a high-fiber cereal (like Barbara’s Bakery’s Puffins) offers 6 grams of fiber and just 100 calories.
    • A Dr. Praeger sweet potato pancake clocks in at 60 calories and 3 grams of fiber.
    • A 1-ounce serving of Triscuits (that comes out to 6 crackers) add 3 grams of fiber and just 120 calories to your day.
    • A medium banana contains 105 calories and 3 grams of fiber.
    • A half cup of raspberries offers 4 grams of fiber and only 32 calories.

    If you included all of the above-mentioned foods in your meals tomorrow, you are getting 24.3 grams of fiber from just 560 calories!

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    Numbers Game: Answer

    According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines Scientific Advisory Committee, 93 percent of the United States population does not meet the daily requirement for Vitamin E.

    Since Vitamin E plays an important role as an antioxidant, low intake levels allow free radicals more of an opportunity to advance cellular damage.

    It is worth nothing that this statistic is not relaying that 93 percent of the population has a vitamin E deficiency.

    However, failing to meet daily requirements still has health consequences.

    Adults need 15 milligrams (22 International Units) a day, and can rely on seeds, nuts, oils, and vegetables as good sources.

    Take a look at this table, outlining the percentage of the daily value contributed by some foods:

    Fortified cereals (1 cup): 50 – 70%
    Almonds (1 oz.): 40%

    Sunflower seeds (1 oz.): 30%
    Peanut buter (2 Tbsp.): 20%

    Tomato sauce (1/2 cup): 15%
    Avocado (1 whole): 15%

    Olive oil (1 Tbsp.): 12/5%
    Broccoli (cooked, 1/2 cup): 6%

    Spinach (cooked, 1/2 cup): 6%
    Mango slices (1/2 cup): 6%

    Collard greens (cooked, 1/2 cup): 5%

    Why swallow a pill when you can eat delicious foods in the name of health?

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    You Ask, I Answer: Vegan Child’s Nutrition

    I have a picky eater at home, an 8-year-old I adopted last year from another country.

    She is still very suspicious of new foods, and I have taken to sneaking supplements into her diet wherever I can.

    She’s vegan and I’m vegetarian; I open up iron supplement capsules and sprinkle small amounts of iron into her food; same with B-complex capsules and multi-vitamin caps.

    She gets plenty of protein and fiber, since she’s happy to eat tempeh, beans, quinoa, peanut butter and lots of vegetables and fruits.

    I’m mostly concerned with her iron, B-complex, calcium and Omega-3 intake.

    The last two I can handle with flax oil, wakame powder and various calcium supplements.

    Actually, I still think she could be getting more calcium if she’d drink milk, but she won’t.

    — Jennifer Armstrong
    Saratoga Springs, NY

    Although I understand your concerns regarding your child’s nutrition, I believe she is doing just fine based on the eating patterns you describe above.

    First of all, I am impressed that an 8 year old appreciates the taste of quinoa and tempeh – nutritious foods that many adults shun, or downright don’t even know about.

    Most people with children your age are concerned about the increasing consumption of Doritos, Oreos, and soda!

    Alright, let’s discuss the specific nutrients you inquired about.

    As far as iron is concerned, there is no absolutely need to provide capsules.

    An omnivorous 8 year old should get 10 milligrams of iron a day; since your daughter is vegan – and therefore consuming solely non-heme sources – I would place her requirement at 15 milligrams.

    Note that between the ages of 9 and 12, this requirement will lessen to approximately 12 milligrams.

    Considering the iron amounts in these vegan foods, you’ll see why iron pills are basically a waste of money:

    Quinoa (1 cup): 6.2 milligrams
    Soybeans (1/2 cup): 4 milligrams
    Lentils (1/2 cup): 3.2 milligrams
    Kidney beans, chickpeas, black eyed peas (1/2 cup): 2.5 milligrams

    Don’t forget enriched and fortified grains.

    Half a cup of fortified oatmeal provides 6.5 milligrams of iron, and a cup of enriched cereal (say, Cheerios) provides 9 milligrams!<

    In terms of calcium, she currently needs 800 milligrams a day, but this will jump to 1,300 from age 9 to 18.

    Again, though, no need for supplementation.

    It does take more planning than an omnivorous diet, but it can be done.

    Check out these values:

    Calcium-fortified orange juice (1 cup): 300 milligrams
    Soy yogurt (1 cup): 300 milligrams
    Soymilk (1 cup): 300 milligrams
    Tofu (4 oz.): 260 milligrams
    Collard greens (1/2 cup): 175 mg
    Almonds (1 oz): 80 mg

    Although Vitamin B12 is often cited as an issue in vegan diets, fortification has made this former problem a lot easier to manage.

    Many popular cereals are fortified with vitamin B12.

    Let’s go back to the Cheerios example — 1 cup provides a third of a day’s needs.

    A cup of some (fortified) soymilks, meanwhile, contains 40 percent of a day’s worth of B12!

    Wakame – a kelp – is also a great source. It’s one of the few seaweeds that contains human-active B12 (as opposed to the analog type, which is useless in our bodies).

    In the event that B12 needs can not be met through food, I do recommend supplementation. Make sure it is specifically a B12 supplement and not a multivitamin containing B12 (vitamin C, vitamin E, and iron can impede absorption).

    Omega-3 fatty acids are the most difficult to get from a vegan diet, since walnuts and flaxseeds only contain alpha linoleic acid (they do not contribute EPA and DHA, the two essential fatty acids found in fish).

    However, Omega-3 supplements made from algae are vegan and contain EPA and DHA!

    While we’re on the topic of supplementation, I think everyone — carnivore, vegan, and everywhere in between — should supplement their diet with vitamin D.

    One last thing – don’t get discouraged by your daughter’s adverse reactions to new foods.

    Research has determined that it takes approximately eight to ten tries for a new food to be accepted by a young child.

    The key is slow integration.

    For instance, let’s say your daughter enjoys baby carrots but the first time she tried celery she wasn’t too keen on it.

    Rather than outright swap carrots for celery pieces overnight, throw in four or five chopped bits of celery next time you pack some baby carrots in her lunch box.

    This subtle addition of a new flavor will be less intimidating to her and less of a shock to her palate.

    Do this another five or six times. The results might surprise you!

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    Argentina: The Whole Grain Trap

    Despite being on the other side of the Equator, Argentina shares some nutrition similarities with the United States.

    I took this photo at supermarket chain Disco because, if anything, it shows that marketing to children — and their parents — is a global phenomenon.

    The box you see on your right is for Nesquik cereal — in essence, chocolate flavored corn puffs.

    But wait, what does that huge sign at the bottom say? Translated to English:

    “All Nestlé breakfast cereals now made with whole grains.”

    Note the “made with” whole grains (although whole wheat flour and oats are included, so is standard white flour).

    Sugar is the second ingredient, by the way.

    The nutrition label reveals that a 1-ounce (1 cup) serving provides:

    114 calories
    1.1 gram of fat
    200 milligrams of sodium

    1.5 grams of fiber

    10.5 grams (2.5 teaspoons) of sugar

    3 grams of protein

    Is it absolute junk food? I wouldn’t be so harsh.

    What is very frustrating, though, is that the big hoopla about whole grains is nothing but a desperate marketing strategy aimed at parents.

    You would think a food so boastful of its whole grain content would at least offer 3 grams of fiber per serving.

    To put this into context, a cup of this cereal contains as much fiber as a mere half banana or half an orange.

    By the way, the standard calculation for children’s fiber needs is: child’s age plus five.

    So, a 10 year needs approximately 15 grams of fiber a day.

    Starting the morning off with a cup of Nesquik cereal and half a cup of milk (regardless of its fat content) represents a mere ten percent of that child’s daily requirement!

    I am not calling for parents to ban these kinds of cereals from their cupboards.

    I do, however, want them to recognize these as sweet treats, NOT healthy sources of fiber.

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