I switched from Cheerio’s to “all natural” and “organic” cereal for the nutrition benefits… and because many natural cereals are way cheaper than Cheerio’s.
Most unfortunately it is A-OK to include sweeteners, chemical preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colors to natural cereal and still call them NATURAL.
I am eating a lie!
According to Eat This, Not That, the Cornucopia Institute, an organic watchdog group, analyzed so-called cereals and found that they’re often contaminated with pesticides and warehouse fumigation chemical residues, genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) and ingredients grown in sewage sludge.
My husband’s go-to “natural” cereal, Kashi GoLean, apparently is loaded with GMOs. He used to eat it everyday before his workout, which generally occurred right after waking up. Whatever. That cereal is expensive. I don’t need it, and I don’t need it’s GMOs. My cereal, Nature’s Path, wasn’t on the list! I eat the crap out of that cereal.
Artificial sweeteners aren’t even the worst stuff added to “food.” According to another Eat This, Not That article, the Food and Drug Administration has a list called “Everything Added to Food in the United States.” There’s a list?! There has to be a list because there are more than 3,000 additives on that list.
Holy. Monkeys. Wow.
The most troubling additives on the list were parabens. Well, they were the most troubling for me because they’re found in Baskin Robbins Sundaes… and I love Baskin Robbins. I love Baskin Robbins a bunch. (My husband will not take this news well.)
Men’s Health Magazine isn’t all about death and doom and food we shouldn’t eat. I was getting a little depressed about it. Were you getting depressed? I was so depressed.
Luckily, if I cut many of these artificially filled foods from my diet, then I can fill my tummy with nutritious whole foods!
From the whole foods list, I gather that I need to eat more broccoli and spinach. PERFECT. I also need to trade in my dairy products for fresh fish, which has way more Vitamin D (and those delicious omega-3’s).
Is your cereal lying to you? Kashi… Shame on you.
Did you get ridiculously hungry and start craving steamed veggies after going through the whole foods list? Totally.