Nutrition you can trust? - Dulce de Leche Cheerios

June 18, 2012

I was at the grocery store the other day walking down the cereal aisle when this caught my eye...

Really? I don't know why I was surprised, but I was. Breakfast cereal with dulce de leche flavoring. Now don't get me wrong, I love dulce de leche, but not in a breakfast cereal. 

But is it really that bad? Is it a really smart choice? Let's look at the ingredients list.

Whole Grain Corn, Sugar, Whole Grain Oats, Canola and/or Rice Bran Oil, Corn Syrup. Caramel Syrup (caramelized sugar, water). Salt, Brown Sugar Syrup, Corn Bran, Trisodium Phosphate, Color Added, Natural Flavor, Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) and BHT Added to Preserve Freshness.

I highlighted all the different sugars in this cereal.
If you are wondering about BHT - an immune system toxicant, EWG has a great page on it.

I don't know that this is "nutrition I can trust."

If you are inclined to eat dessert for breakfast, by all means, go ahead. I do not have a problem with eating dessert at any time of the day, but do not be fooled into thinking this is a part of a balanced, healthy, breakfast. Adding this to breakfast tips the balance scale in the wrong direction.

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