Here is a closer look at two popular processed breakfast items. I used to purchase both of these products almost every week when I trusted the claims on the box. I was shocked when I started paying attention. Here is the first brand.
Look familiar? You are probably thinking the same thing I was. Oatmeal? High Fiber? Heart Healthy? It has to be good for me. It’s just oatmeal. The only ingredient should be oats. Now let’s look at the label.
The second ingredient on the list is maltodextrin (processed sugar). The next ingredient after that is sugar (processed sugar). After that, natural and artificial flavors. Who knows what those are? Maybe it is so bad that they don’t want you to know. A few more ingredients down is sucralose (artificial sweetener). A few more down is caramel color which is a carcinogen. You can read more about that here. Suddenly this seems less and less like oatmeal. Did I mention that Quaker Oats is owned by Pepsi? The soda people. Yeah, that shocked me too. Here is a recipe for healthy oatmeal that can be made in minutes.
1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup milk/water
Cook the oats and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and cook until it is the thickness you desire. Remove from heat and finish with a bit of pure maple syrup or fresh fruit. The healthy version will not only taste better, but keep you full longer.
Onto another popular processed breakfast food.
This one look familiar too? The name gives the impression that it is healthy. It also states that it’s high in fiber, heart healthy and made from whole grains. I can see why people can think it is a good choice. I thought so. So let’s look at the ingredients.
So the second ingredient down is rice. There is no whole grain before it so it is probably highly refined white rice. The next ingredient is sugar (processed sugar). Further down is rice flour (processed), brown sugar syrup (processed sugar), honey (sugar), corn syrup (sugar), polydextrose (a synthetic form of glucose), artificial flavoring (chemicals) yellow 5 (artificial dye derived from petroleum), BHT (chemical). If you want to read more about BHT click here. I don’t know about you, but I am already disgusted. Let’s look at the nutrition facts.
There is 14 grams of sugar in a single 1 cup serving. Most of us eat at least 2 cups in one serving! There is nothing smart about this cereal. Your best bet would be to turn away from this product and others like it.