• Honey Nut Cheerios Healthy?

    Cereal and fat and weight gain Jason Yun Hilliard, trainer

    NY Times article asks ‘Are Honey Nut Cheerios Healthy?

    The answer is no!

    There is no such thing as a boxed healthy cereal.

    Honey Nut Cheerios sell 151 million boxes a year- which makes it #1 selling cereal.

    It contains 9x more sugar then regular cheerios (added sugar), which puts Honey nut Cheerios sugar content #2 of all cereals (#1 is fruity pebbles).

    10 BILLION is spent on cereals every year by Americans alone- Your health is important- Don’t start your day ever with cereal (AND DON’T LET YOUR KIDS either!)

    Let’s look at the actual nutrition label:

    Low carb Diet coach Jason Yun and cereal

    Here is a blurb from the NY Times article: “You mentioned that three of the top six ingredients in Honey Nut Cheerios are sugar, brown sugar and honey,” Mike Siemienas, a spokesman for the company, wrote in a statement. “What you didn’t mention is that the number one ingredient is oats. To be so singularly focused on one ingredient — sugar — is irresponsible and doesn’t help consumers look at the total nutrition offered.”

    Obviously Mike is trying to save General Mills products by saying that oats is the #1 ingredient.

    Oats are not healthy when consumed with gobs of sugar. Second, oats still raise blood sugar which results in an insulin spike. This is the last thing you want when starting your day off.

    There are 22 carbohydrates with 2 grams of fiber per serving which is 3/4 of a cup. How many people just eat the actual serving size?????  So with 20 carbs you actually have 5 teaspoons of sugar (4 carbohydrates = 1 tsp of sugar). Because it all gets broken down into glucose in the body, except the honey is actually processed as fructose which is worse for you. So it doesn’t matter if it’s oats, whole wheat, whole grain, table sugar, or a twinkie……it will be broken down as glucose.

    Then as you go down the list of ingredients you actually have canola oil listed. This is even worse then sugar. But combined with sugar it’s an inflammatory bomb going off inside your body. The worst thing is many people always start there day with this stuff or some type of cereal.

    The verdict is in: Honey Nut Cheerios are NOT HEALTHY!

    Now I actually have heard of some companies coming out with healthy cereals. But you are going to have to pay for it. My wife showed me a $10 a box cereal, but it still had a couple ingredients I don’t agree with. Of course, you can never go wrong with bacon and eggs!

     


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