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America’s Pastime? Skipping Breakfast.

According to a survey conducted by Impulse Research Service on behalf of Heinz, American’s realize that breakfast is an important meal, but most don’t have time to actually sit down and have it.  The survey, which gathered responses from 1,500 adults across the country, found that more than 60% of American’s said that they don’t have time to eat breakfast. 

On a personal note, I rarely have time to eat breakfast outside a bowl of cereal.  Holiday’s are when my Mom whips up a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, and all the fixins. 

American’s recognize – but ignore – importance of breakfast, survey

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Is Your Food Fooling You?

Through media and other outlets we’ve all learned that checking the nutrition labels on the back of food boxes is incredibly important.  According to a news article published by TimesLeader.com, everything is not as it seems.  Though the article focuses on a few different types of food, what I think is the most important deals with cereal:

Whole grains. Thanks to new federal rules, schools are required to serve healthier food and drinks in vending machines starting this month, and many are switching to whole-grain products. This, theoretically, is good because whole grains are processed less and retain more nutrients and vitamins.

But when it comes to products such as whole-grain Double Chocolate Cookie Crisp cereal, don’t be fooled. The claim means 51 percent of the flour is made from a whole-grain source, but the rest of the flour can come from refined grains. And it often does.

I know that in this health-conscious nation, I should care about the nutritional value of my cereal.  That said, I couldn’t care less.  Give me a big bowl of sugar laden, artificially colored and flavored Froot Loops and leave me be.

 Labels don’t always tell 100% of the story

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General Mills Won’t Market Sugary Products to Kids.

General Mills, one of America’s most prominent advertisers, was praised by a family watchdog group for its advertising tactics.  The company, which was criticized for promoting unhealthy snacks towards children, has been following strict guidelines for advertising (and nutritional values) which state:

“No General Mills product containing more than 175 calories per serving may be advertised to children 12 or younger.” Furthermore, every product also must be considered “healthy” or provide an important childhood nutrient, as measured by government guidelines.

So while GM has the Trix Rabbit in its arsenal of advertising cartoons, it’ll be using the bunny to hock more responsible food choices.  Good on them.

Consumer group praises General Mills

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Cereal Causes Diabetes in Babies?

According to a new study done by two teams of researchers, baby’s at risk for diabetes who were fed fiber or rice cereals before the recommended age of 4 to 6 months were four to five times more likely to develop an autoimmune response that destroys islet cells in the pancreas.  The destruction of these cells is what’s believed to lead to Type I diabetes.

Feeding cereal too soon raises diabetes risk in children

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A Bowl of Flakes for Me!

Flakes or Puffs?  Chances are, you’ve never really thought about it.  Sure, you prefer some cereals over others, but I doubt it was the cereal’s shape that was influencing your decision.  Or perhaps it was – what do I know?

But according to a recent study, flakes could actually be healthier than puffs.  The study suggests that, due to the differences in cooking techniques, less of the chemical furosine is produced in flakes than in puffs.  And that’s a good thing, because less Furosine means more available protein.

So I guess that Tony should change his catchphrase to reflect the new selling point.  Frosted Flakes: They’re Grrrreat…and Healthierrrr than Puffs!  I’m terrible with humor.

Cereal Flakes Healthier than Puffs

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