More “Heart Healthy Grains” Propaganda
Here we go again with the ill-informed health “advice” to eat cereal for breakfast. And why did Cheerios come in first place? Calories! When will the “experts” finally wake up and smell the coffee? CALORIES DON’T COUNT! It’s not about the calorie, stupid! From “gmoinside.org”:
“Over the years public perception has been shaped by these and similar claims so that Cheerios cereals have become widely considered to be a healthy choice that is low in sugar, unprocessed, and made with natural ingredients.
But what is true, and what is fiction? Let’s break it down.
Are Cheerios Made with Wholesome Grains and Oats?
Originally called “Cheerioats”, the Cheerios name was selected so the cereal would be associated with the taste and wholesome appeal of oats. One of the main nutrition angles that General Mills exploits is the use of natural oats in Cheerios, however, in seven out of the twelve Cheerios varieties currently sold in the U.S. marketplace, oats are not even listed as the first ingredient (remember, ingredients are listed in order of abundance by weight within a product).
All Cheerios cereal varieties are made with whole grains and do have at least 8 grams per serving, but whole grains ground into flour, do not have the same health benefits as unprocessed whole grains. On the Cheerios website they say that their process is simply mixing, cooking, forming, and toasting. While that sounds nice, the final product – uniform and indistinguishable O’s – bears little resemblance to whole oats or any other whole grains. Cheerios are indeed made with whole grains, but “processed whole grains” would be a more appropriate listing.”
In other words, eat at your own risk!
Here’s the propagandized article:
Not everyone has the time to stir steel-cut oats for 25 minutes before work. But as your mother insisted before she shoved you off to school every morning, you have to eat breakfast. And that doesn’t mean pouring a heaping bowl of your favorite neon-colored marshmallow cereal. Have you ever looked at the nutrition facts on a cereal box?
Lucky Charms has 10 grams of sugar. Frosted Mini-Wheats has 11. Post Raisin Bran contains a staggering 20 grams! Even Bear Naked fruit and nut granola—a seemingly healthy choice—clocks in at six, the same as Honey Bunches of Oats. Most cereal, even granola, is a shockingly not-so-great way to start the day. But it’s also super-fast and convenient when you’re rushing out the door. So we at the GQ Institute For Not Getting Fatter Than We Have To sought professional expertise to ask: What’s the least bad cereal out there?
The answer: Old-fashioned Cheerios. With a heaping scoop of fresh fruit.
“A cup of Cheerios is 100 calories and the first ingredient is whole-grain oats,” says registered dietitian Kim Kirchherr. A serving from that big yellow box (which debuted in 1941 as Cheerioats) has only one gram of sugar. It’s low in calories—less than half the caloric load of a bowl of Grape Nuts, which weigh in at 210 calories per serving—and, as the original name suggests, the primary ingredient is whole-grain oats, which help reduce the risk of type-two diabetes and heart disease. Men need 38 grams of fiber daily, and Kirchherr recommends looking for a cereal with at least three grams per serving, which is exactly what Cheerios offer. You can add even more with fresh fruit.
“Cereal is a vessel for a lot of other good stuff,” adds Jim White, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Fruit is a great way to increase fiber. It’ll keep you full longer. It can really get men jump-started for the day.” And if you’re wondering what to pour on top of it, White likes organic skim milk. “It has protein to build muscles, calcium to help support strong bones, electrolytes to help replace after a hard workout, and water to help hydrate the body. It’s one of the perfect foods for men.”
One thing you’ll notice once you start poring over the nutrition labels in the cereal aisle is the miniscule serving size. It’s generally one cup, which feels like half of what you feed your dog for breakfast. “Most guys grab a bowl and put as much as they can. They don’t realize it could be three to five times the serving,” White says. “You have to watch that portion size.”
This is where the fruit comes into play. It makes a small bowl of Cheerios—that one measly cup—seem a hell of a lot bigger. Throw in a half-cup of sliced strawberries or bananas, and you won’t even think about pouring a second bowl.