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Beware Of This Head Fake: Healthy Cereal That Isn’t.

I’ve always loved cereal and as a child I downed bowls of Golden Grahams for breakfast and sometimes dinner too. When I grew up, I ate Fiber One on top of my yogurt while sitting in my cubicle at work. I thought it was very healthy for my body (because of all that fiber and would help me lose weight), and just didn’t understand why I didn’t look and feel my best after eating it. Thankfully I found much healthier cereal later in life but before I tell you about my favorite kinds, we must discuss what is really going on in the “healthy cereal” industry. 

It’s estimated 94% of us have cereal in the cabinet – but a century ago hardly anyone did. Cereal was the first processed food, making life easier for Americans (and now for people all over the world). Cereal requires no cooking, no skills, and it’s just about as easy as you can get. We want everything to be quick and easy, and this has become an epidemic in this country. This is why cereal has been called the biggest success story of the modern food industry, and as put by author Michael Pollan, “Breakfast cereals in many ways are the archetypal processed food product of modern capitalist food economics”.

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Millions of dollars are spent on advertising cereal every year, and while most of it aggressively targets children, they heavily advertise to adults as well – from Trix “Silly Rabbit” commercials, free prizes, online games (advergames), celebrity endorsements, product placements, and the marketing messages on the box – we are inundated with their marketing messages every day. It’s all done to make us believe that we don’t have time prepare real food for our families and that their vitamin-fortified creations will give us (and our kids) the energy we need to get through a hard day.

But, when you take a hard look at cereal, what is it really?

In reality, the cereal industry is making billions selling us cheap commodities like corn and sugar, mixed with cheap additives like artificial colors, dumped into a colorful box with cartoon characters. Mainstream cereals are so heavily processed that they do not have natural nutrients, that’s why most of them are sprayed with vitamins, minerals, and sometimes fortified with protein. It’s the ultimate fake food.

The marketing messages on the cereal boxes sure sound healthy: “High Fiber”, “Protein”, “Gluten-Free”, “Low Fat”, “All Natural”, “Essential Vitamins” and “Good Source Of (insert vitamin here)”. But, is cereal really good for us or is it just processed junk food? Several “healthy” cereals contain questionable additives that should never be in a healthy breakfast.

Some of the WORST ingredients you’ll find even in “Healthy” cereal:

  • BHT – This preservative has not been proven safe, controversial research links it to cancer, and it’s believed to be an endocrine disruptor that interferes with your hormones. The Environmental Working Group includes BHT on their Dirty Dozen List of Food Additives – making it one of the most controversial ingredients in our food. You’ll find BHT in many cereals including Special K (most varieties), Rice Chex, Oatmeal Squares, Rice Krispees, Life, Fiber One Honey Clusters, Wheaties, and Smart Start. This ingredient isn’t permitted in cereals in Europe, so these brands reformulate their cereals to sell them legally overseas. NOTE: Hopefully this ingredient will be history soon. Sign my petition here asking Kellogg’s and General Mills to remove BHT from all cereals and ask them to provide us with a date!
  • Artificial Colors – Derived from petroleum and linked to several health issues, including allergies and hyperactivity in children. This is why Europe requires any food containing these dyes to carry the warning label: “May Have an Adverse Effect on Activity and Attention in Children.” You’ll find artificial colors in a lot of cereals targeting kids like Captain Crunch, Apple Jacks, and Fruity Cheerios, but even in cereals you’d never expect like Life Cereal, Kellogg’s Smart Start, and Special K Fruit & Yogurt.
  • Genetically modified (GMO) ingredients – I do everything in my power to avoid GMOs. That’s because these ingredients are not required to undergo any FDA premarket safety assessments, increase pesticide and herbicide use, and may be threatening food availability while increasing food costs. Perhaps most importantly, as put by the respected scientists at Consumer Reports, “There is global scientific agreement that genetic engineering has the potential to introduce allergens and toxins in food crops, to change the nutritional value, and to create other unintended changes that may affect human health”. The growing of these crops needs to stop and they definitely shouldn’t be in our food! These major cereal brands admit to “likely” using GMO ingredients:

Kellogg’s: “Since the majority of our ingredients come from U.S. farms and GM crops have been grown in the U.S. for the past 20 years, our foods likely include ingredients derived from GM crops in the same proportion that they occur in the U.S. food supply.” – via email, February 2015. NOTE: Kellogg’s has spent over $1.8 million to fight GMO labeling initiatives in the U.S.

General Mills: “Because U.S. farmers use GM seed to grow certain crops, 70 percent of foods on U.S. grocery store shelves likely contain GMO ingredients. As a result, if an American food or beverage product lists corn, soy, canola, cottonseed or beet sugar as an ingredient – and if it’s not organic – it likely contains GMOs.” – via their website, February 2015. NOTE: General Mills has spent over $3.6 million to fight GMO labeling initiatives in the U.S.

Quaker: We do not require or exclude the use of these ingredients, so we don’t require our suppliers to provide this information. As a result, we cannot give you a definitive yes or no answer. That said, we’re glad for the chance to provide some clarification about genetically modified ingredients. When it comes to safety, the FDA has determined that foods developed through this process are no different than foods developed by traditional plant breeding. And in fact they conclude that these Genetically Modified foods don’t differ from other foods in any meaningful way. Finally, all of our products (worldwide) comply with all applicable food laws and labeling requirements. Quaker relies on and supports the regulatory agencies charged with safeguarding our food supply when sourcing ingredients for our products.” – via email, February 2015. NOTE: Quaker’s parent company, Pepsico, has spent over $8.8 million to fight GMO labeling initiatives in the U.S.

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You’ll likely find these GMO ingredients in mainstream cereals:

  1. GMO sugars – Such as beet sugar, fructose, brown sugar, molasses, corn syrup, dextrose. At least one of these sugars is in most cereals including Wheaties, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Mueslix.
  2. GMO corn – Most of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified to resist pesticides, and is itself registered as a pesticide with the EPA. Testing by Consumer Reports last year found GMOs in several cereals made from corn: Corn Chex, Kix, Trix, Froot Loops, Cocoa Puffs, and Life cereal.
  3. GMO vegetable oils – As found in Bear Naked Granola (owned by Kellogg’s), Apple Cinnamon Chex, Smart Start, Apple Jacks and Berry Berry Kix. 
  4. Synthetic Vitamins – All those wonderful vitamins that you’re ingesting in your cereal probably aren’t natural, and just lab-created vitamins made from a variety of sources like coal tar, petroleum or GMOs. This is why some vitamins disappeared from Cheerios and Grape Nuts when they received non-GMO project verification. These vitamins aren’t believed to be absorbed by your body as well as natural vitamins that you get from food. Recent testing by the EWG found too many vitamins and minerals in some vitamin-fortified cereals, in seriously dangerous levels – especially for kids. You’ll find synthetic vitamins in fortified cereals, but especially in Total, Wheaties Fuel, and Product 19.
  5. Artificial Sweeteners – They are low calorie, but they may slow down your metabolism and “train” you to crave sweets. Look for aspartame, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium on the label. These lower the total amount of “calories” and “sugars” listed on the nutrition fact label so they’re sometimes found in cereals marketed as healthy like Special K Protein and Fiber One.

You’ll also want to watch out for “non-GMO” cereals like those made by Kashi that contain several ingredients that were likely extracted with the neurotoxin hexane (and may contain residues), such as soy protein isolate and defatted soy grits. Kashi also uses canola oil which is processed to death and not the most nutritious form of fat.

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One cereal that really gets me fired up is Froot Loops.

Did you know Froot Loops is now considered one of Kellogg’s Top 5 cereals? Millions of Americans feed this to their kids. The problem with Froot Loops is they are the perfect example of the alarming double-standard in the quality of food that we get here in the U.S. versus other countries. The ingredients in the U.S. include partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, BHT and several artificial colors: Blue no. 1, Red no. 40, Blue no. 2, Yellow no. 6. In Europe, Kellogg’s doesn’t want to slap a warning label on Froot Loops, so they reformulated it with natural colors derived from spinach, carrots, blackcurrent, and paprika to sell in the European market. They also removed partially hydrogenated oils (linked to up to 7,000 deaths per year) and BHT for our friends overseas. If that’s not reason enough to never buy Froot Loops again, GMO Free USA recently tested it and found 100% of the corn in Froot Loops is GMO and contained “significant levels” of the toxic pesticide glyphosate

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If you love cereal, here’s how to pick the most nutritious ones:

Keep in mind that just because a cereal is labeled non-GMO or organic, it may not be made with nutritious ingredients – you still want to read those ingredient lists! Look for those that don’t contain any of those unhealthy ingredients mentioned in this post, and choose cereals that are minimally processed and made with real food: seeds, nuts, and dried fruit. Also don’t fall for the “Natural” label as those can still contain GMOs, loads of additives and synthetic pesticide residues.

My favorite packaged cereals:

2 Moms In The Raw Cereal – This grain-free cereal is full of healthy fruit and nuts like almonds, walnuts, bananas, coconut, and dates.

Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Cereal – The grains in this cereal are whole and sprouted, so they are easier for your body to digest and won’t spike your blood sugar like flour-based cereal grains do. My favorite is their cinnamon raisin flavor. 

One Degree Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps or Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal:  Either of these make an excellent replacement for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, and are BHT-free

Qi’a Superfood Cereals – I love these blends of whole ingredients like buckwheat groats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, dried cranberries, and almonds. This cereal is delicious mixed with organic yogurt and fruit.

Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola – Comes in 4 different flavors: original, cranberry pecan, pumpkin fig, and blueberry hemp, made with healthy ingredients like quinoa, amaranth, chia seeds, and raw virgin coconut oil.

Chiarezza Cereal, Almighty Mango Goji Cereal – Made from organic chia, hemp seeds, mango, buckwheat, banana flakes, and goji berries. As there are chia seeds in this one, you can also make a yummy pudding by pouring nut milk over it and letting it sit in the fridge for about 25 minutes.

Recipes:

Homemade Granola – It’s easy to stay far away from store-bought granola filled with refined sugar, inflammatory oils, and flavors, because granola is so easy to make at home. My recipe is made with oats, raw pistachios, goji berries and coconut, but it’s very flexible and you can easily substitute your favorite ingredients.

Parfait Porridge – I regularly make this recipe and like to make several at once to keep in the fridge for a few days. My porridge is made with raw oat groats (which contain more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than processed steel cut, rolled or instant oats), fresh or frozen fruit, chia seeds and nut milk. It’s incredibly refreshing and healthy – it’s cereal on the go!

If you know someone in your household still eating unhealthy cereal everyday, please share this post with them! Once they know this information, they can’t go back.

Xo,

Vani 

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175 responses to “Beware Of This Head Fake: Healthy Cereal That Isn’t.

  1. Comments on oat meal and cream of wheat please. I will no longer buy the usual packaged cereals but will look for the ones you suggested. Never heard of them, but will try, for I like a variety now and then for breakfast.

    Thank you for all you do to help us and counter the big producers of inferior products.

    1. Not sure if oats are sprayed or not but you can get organic oatmeal. As for Cream of Wheat, it’s just wheat and that’s not a gmo food but whether or not it’s sprayed with pesticides, I don’t know.

      1. GMO wheat is in development. We may or may not hear about it before it is in the food supply. Oats seem to be beyond their capabilities, but no telling how long before they come up with a way to successfully create GMO oats.
        Gads, I hate these companies! The American people are NOT guinea pigs for corporate profits!!!

      2. Wheat is hugely a GMO food. Start with the book Wheat Belly by William Davis. That it’s GMO is the primary reason why so many have developed problems with it. But I’m making this comment four years after the original one so that’s quite a time span

    2. That is a wonderful article on cereal. Especially the sprouted cereal. Please remember that all grains and nuts should be Soaked or sprouted. Beware of puffing cereal like puffed rice and wheat. Experiments were done by feeding calves puffed rice and they died in about six weeks. There is something toxic about puffing
      For more information on proper preparation of grains nuts and other foods go to http://www.westonaprice.org

  2. What about Organic Cascadian Farm brand? This is a brand I’ve recently switched to that my children enjoy.
    Thank you for all you dedication!!

    1. Buying this supports the fight AGAINST GMO labeling by Big Food. The owner of the brand is General Mills. Nature’s Path is a great company, and as far as I know, ALL of their products are certified Organic, and they have contributed to the PRO-Labeling campaigns!

  3. Thank you so much for standing up for all of us! We are growing our own food, watching labels, teaching our children, and want to join this fight! How can we help locally? We live in WA state.

  4. I love the information that you provide and have your book on the way.

    Problem: Your website makes me crazy! I can’t count the times that I have tried to copy just a bit to remind me about something on your post. This week it was your good cereal list. No matter which way I copy, I always get additional info that I don’t need and then have to delete before saving what I want.

    I cannot manage to not have the comments and ads jump into my paste even though I carefully did not highlight them. GRRRRR!

    You have great info, I just don’t want to keep it all. Please have your site people fix this. I am not stupid or web illiterate. I just don’t have time to go back and delete pages of unwanted date. Pretty Please help an old lady.

      1. what Operating System are you using?
        Chuck: you might have an Apple
        Linda: you might have a PC
        I am no genius regarding this, but these two systems operate differently. Apple has always been more user friendly toward “cutting and pasting”. (I use a PC.)
        Vani: Please help us to keep from mowing down a forest of trees. Ask your Web people to make this stuff easier to “cut and paste”. I take Linda’s side: why should I have to delete stuff I didn’t want in the first place?

    1. Linda, Chuck, and Clete. I have a PC… and have no trouble copying and pasting the special pieces I like to refer back to. I don’t think it is Vani’s website.

    2. Just download adBlock Plus. It’s free and any pop ups that would work their way into your copy never get the chance to pop up.

  5. Vani 🙂 another great article!:) I’ve recently started blogging (I’m in the UK) and have already posted several ‘healthy’ breakfast recipes. Fortunately for us there are several cereals here made from just one wholegrain ingredient 🙂 but you can’t beat homemade granola with fresh fruit for a tasty breakfast! 🙂

  6. I’m so shocked about the fruit loops. I am an American living outside the US and when we purchased the fruit loops here, I mentioned to my husband, why does this look so different? But it never occurred to me that it was that bad. And it’s not the only thing I’ve noticed, even candy bars tastes more natural and less sweet. I’m not a big fan of them but my five year old says, “Mommy, this tastes so good, I can really taste the peanuts!” I’m thinking, yeah, because they’re real, not GMO.
    I mean I could go on and on. Fruit, I pick up an apple and I can wrap my hand around it, the imported apples from the US, I can’t wrap two hands around, and people think that is normal.
    Thank you so much for all the awareness you are providing. I can’t do much from here but I do support the cause, if only the American public would open their eyes and realize what “big brother” is up to.

  7. there are no healthy cereals, as grains inhibit your body from absorbing vital minerals essential for bone and teeth health. Soaking and sprouting may rid some of the phytic acid and lectins, but there is a process.

    1. I agree! I am surprised that Vani still considers cereal as a healthy food. Cereals are made from grain and grains are extremely toxic to your body. There is not such a thing as “healthy cereal”. That is a misguiding article.

      1. “Whole” grains are not toxic or else all of the people who have eaten them for years would all be unhealthy. My parents have eaten them all of their lives and they’re 85 and 89.

      2. Tooth decay and bone loss to name a few, it is proven they rob your body of minerals. do your parents have false teeth?

    2. Agreed. I read once that cold cereals are the “Breakfast of diabetics”. Breakfast doesn’t necessarily have to be “breakfast food”. I’ve had “Breakfast for dinner” before, why not have dinner (type foods) for breakfast if that’s what sounds good? Plus it’s fun to watch peoples brains short circuit when you tell them you have a hard boiled egg and a salad for breakfast at 6:00AM… 😛

  8. I don’t bother with cereals anymore. If I need to eat something for breakfast I’ll have avocado, eggs or nuts. Thanks for all of your work compiling this post. I will share it with friends and family.

  9. Ok folks we all have a big BIG THANKS to Vani and her achievements!! She needs super power support from you and anyone else you know! That is how we will get our food supply finally cleaned up! I do not see anyone pushing as hard as she is so be thankful for her, Ok so a bit on/off topic here breakfast cereals. Keep it simple read all ingredients! First and foremost check for ANY SWEETNERS/SUGARS,. No sugars at all if possible it will raise your blood sugar levels shortly after eating and then like 11am you will have a insulin crash! ( you will feel very tired) and then you go to more caffeine at work and keep the sugar caffeine rollercoaster going till 5pm! Remember that high sugar low nutrition breakfast you gave your kids is taking its toll on them also in school! Try organic oatmeal with some cinnamon, organic raisins (natural sugar with fiber and iron) walnuts, coconut oil, almond butter touch of pink sea salt. Heat water on stove NOT MICROWAVE OVEN! Now that is a great tasting breakfast! I don’t want to hear excuses like oh I don’t have time got to get kids ready for school. Sure you do, just go to bed 30 min early get off that garbage iphone/ipad turn off video games for kids as well. Who know all of you might just feel GOOD in the morning not exhausted and ready to finally eat something heathy your body will digest without all the negative side effect!

  10. Vani, I eat Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes. I did not see it in your Non GMO list of cereal, so was wondering if you have any opinion on them.

  11. Vanni: I eat the old fashioned non-instant oatmeal for breakfast mixed with honey, cinnamon, raisains, raw wheat germ, and rassberry preserves, grapefruit, and fruit cocktail. Is this a healthy choice for breakfast? Please reply asap. Thank you Vanni. You are terriffic. LOL Dan

  12. I am surprised that Vani still considers cereal as a healthy food. Cereals (all of them including NON GMO) are made from grain and grains are extremely toxic to your body. People that have grains as part of their diet are 40% more likely to develop diabetes and Alzheimer. There is not such a thing as “healthy cereal”. This is definitely an article focused on fighting brands instead of helping others to get a better nutrition. It’s a misguiding article. I would suggest to do a deep investigation into the way that grains affect our overall health instead of just repeating over and over the GMO thing. I am 100% against GMOs but seems to me that these investigations have getting trapped on the same GMO preaching without making an effort to dig deeper into other health concerns.

    1. Constanza (I love your name!)…I was wondering about that too, as I was reading the article. I recently modified my diet to grain free and am already feeling better. I have to get creative with my meals, but I enjoy it and have a lot more sustainable energy throughout the day. When I used to eat cereal, it would last me for maybe an hour, then I’d crash and be starving. Do you have info to support your claim that those who eat grains are 40% more likely to develop diabetes and Alzheimer’s?

      1. Didn’t you already ask this question? you got your answers, I read them above.

      2. To Cindy…this is the first time I have commented on this site, so no, I did not ask this question already. I hope you did not assume that I’m the same person as someone else posting on this thread…

  13. Can we address the low-income sector that cannot afford much of the organic products mentioned? Why are they so expensive?? Let’s give them some practical options. I hear soaking non-organic fruits/vegetables in vinegar and water removes some pesticides. Is this true?? We need to keep everyone healthy and certainly our at-risk children do not need foods contributing to hyperactivity!

  14. Hello. I purchased your book The Food Babe Way thru Amazon. The only receipt I have is the entry dated 2-8-15 on my Visa bill. I want your grocery store shopping guide. What do I do? Keep up the good work!

  15. I have searched for raw organic oat groats and can’t seem to find them. Amazon has Bob’s red mill organic oat groats but do mention them as being raw. Can anyone show me where to find organic raw oat groats that Vani uses? Thank you.

      1. Yes, thank you, Andy, I saw them, but they are not raw. Vani mentions using organic raw oat groats. Do they need to be raw?

      2. Thanks for emailing us about this. Our Oat products are not considered raw by raw food standards. They are heated to temperatures of 200°F for 4 hours or more in order to stabilize enzyme action and prevent spoilage. Oats will go rancid very rapidly w/o this heat stabilization so it is standard practice in agricultural industry. Please feel free to contact me if you have any more questions and have a wonderful day.

        Ben Griswold
        Customer Service
        Bobs Red Mill Natural Foods

  16. A super healthy breakfast that taste great is creme Budwig( french) . I make it every morning. There is some recipe on You tube, you can also make some research on the real recipe with Dr. Coushmine and Budwig. There are grains, fruits, yogurt, flax seed oil, lemon juice, nuts, etc…. I would appreciate a comment on this cereal if you could please. Budwig protocol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkeCgiYxiKY

  17. Vani, Thanks again for showing us all the poisons in these foods and that’s why I have stopped buying their products forever. Even if they did modify their ingredients I would never go back to them. I look fore these bad ingredients also in other products.

  18. EVERYONE NEEDS TO LISTEN TO TODAY’S JOYCE RILEY – THE POWER HOUR ON GCN LIVE RADIO TODAY 2/25/15 She had and excellent guest on oxidative energy but the best information came out when this doctor talked about the dangers of vaccines and he explained the how and the why.

    THIS IS A HAVE TO LISTEN SEE , NOT A WANT TO LISTEN TO
    YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT WHAT YOU WILL HERE , PLEASE EVERYONE WATCH AND EVERYONE PASS IT ALONG TO AS MANY FRIENDS AS POSSIBLE TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT- the more we have an army of people on our side the more we win, we don’t need a group we need an army to fight this vaccine war!

  19. Once again every one of your recommended items is something not found at any of my local grocery stores. How about a list for the commoners in the crowd?

    1. Have you tried a health food store? That’s the only place I could find Ezekiel. But I found Qi’a at Safeway. Not on the list, but I like Nature’s Path too and that can be found almost anywhere.

  20. You didn’t even mention my pet peeve with cereal… the SPRAYED ON IRON FILINGS! We can’t use this iron, and it is damned hard to get rid of, viruses thrive on it and cancer can use it to build new blood vessels to transport cancer cells to other parts of the body. This practice should be outlawed.

  21. I, too, would like Vani’s opinion on Nature’s Path cereals. Who owns this company? I used to eat their cereal quite a bit but just recently I noticed that they don’t use real vanilla in their cereal. Also, I’m pretty sure that every single one of their cereals lists “natural flavor” as an ingredient. So I don’t buy it anymore. I want to know what I’m eating. It’s odd that they go to such lengths to use organic and non-GMO ingredients only to include fake vanilla flavoring and who knows what in their “natural flavoring”.

    I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to you Vani for all that you are doing to improve this nation’s health.

  22. You say to avoid non-gmo Kashi flavors but all of the flavors should be avoided as they are owned by Kellogg’s whom, as you stated, have spent over $1.8 million to fight GMO labeling initiatives in the U.S. You’ll never see the Kellogg symbol anywhere on the Kashi boxes though as they prefer that we still think that Kashi is an independent company so as not to impact sales.

    1. My daughter is going to start telling the children “Kashi all gone” ! And I’m calling them and telling them so.

  23. Nature’s Path Foods, commonly known as Nature’s Path, is a privately held, family-owned producer of certified organic foods. Originally known for its breakfast cereals, it now has a portfolio of more than 150 products. Founded in 1985 by Arran and Ratana Stephens, Nature’s Path employs approximately 500 people, with manufacturing facilities in Canada and the United States and sales in more than 40 countries.[1] All of its products are vegetarian and certified organic. Nature’s Path is a triple bottom line social enterprise, and has been recognized for incorporating the notion of sustainability into its business practices through its support of various charitable and eco-friendly initiatives.[2] The company is regularly named one of Canada’s best employers.[3]

    1. The company sounds wonderful, conscience of its environmental impact, mindful of the quality of its ingredients and caring of its employees. I love, love, love their cereal products and also their graham crackers (which I still buy frequently). I just cannot buy the cereal items that list “natural flavor” as an ingredient without knowing what that ingredient is.

  24. Is molasses in the cereal different then molasses bought on the shelf in the store? I have jar a home that a recipe I use needs. The jar says Non-GMO Project Verified. Am I being misled by this label? Both brands that are carried at my local grocer Grandma’s and Brer Rabbit have this label on it. Help me understand what I am buying..

  25. I’m calling Kellogg’s, Grrrrrrr ! What’s good for across the pond is good enough for America. Things have got to change, and they are going to hear from me. They should hear from all of us !!!

  26. The 94% you speak of who eat that rubbish are obviously NOT bodybuilders!
    Only limp-wristed pencilnecks would ingest something unfit for human consumption.
    (That’s why they look like they do!)

  27. Vani thank you so much for what you are doing my daughter and I are making changes everyday towards better healthier lives with much help from the foodbabe love you much!!!!!!!

  28. i preordered your fabulous book from the link (from Amazon) and did not receive the free shopping guide. Can you help me? Thank you for EVERYTHING you are doing! I ‘m a big fan!

  29. Good day to all. . . If the ingredients list organic, you have a prayer . . . if it doesn’t run. Another great idea is to make your own cereal(s). You can cherry pick all the ingredients. There are hundreds of cook books out there that will give you the what-to-do and what to avoid. Practice makes perfect. You can not rely on big business and or the government(another big business) to do what is right. It’s all about the bottom line. To be safe, you have to be proactive. The good news is that more people are waking up to what has and is going on with our food. Educate yourself and teach/show your neighbors. . . working together for a better community. God’s Blessings!!!

  30. Looking to change my cereal to a healthier alternative, but so many of them have ingredients my son and I can’t eat because of allergies. We can’t eat anything with nuts or coconut. Any suggestions? or granola recipes that don’t have these ingredients?

  31. Am I missing something here? When did Vitamin B12 become something that I should fear in food? Why is it highlighted in red?

  32. I live in a major metropolitan city, New Orleans. We have 3 whole foods and I can’t find any of these cereals there. Where are we supposed to find the stuff that you say we should eat?

  33. I’m confused, how can Kashi Go lean crisp have the NON GMO LABEL if it has so many questionable ingredients in it?

  34. Food should not be bad for you…… processed food has too much fat, salt, sugar and additives in them making them unhealthy. People need to go to their favorite food processors website, click on the CONTACT link and send them an email asking them to reduce the amount of fat, salt, SUGAR and additives in the foods they produce. Their common answer is that they are producing what the customers want. You have to let them know that consumers want healthier food choices with less salt, fat and SUGAR in them. It only takes a minute to send them an email. Food should not be bad for you.

    There is an obesity epidemic leading to increases in heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

    Do something… Make a difference…..

  35. Great job! An excellent investigation. I think that if you buy that kind of cereals you must know they aren´t healthy. It uses to contein a lot of sugar.

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