I’m not one who likes overly sugary cereals for breakfast or even later in the day. Last night, my boyfriend wanted to eat cereals and of course the names he brought up? Captain Crunch, Frootloops, Cornpops! Needless to say that these hold a poor nutritional value, lots of carbs and sodium but that didn’t stop him, of course.
So he got home with that box of Captain Crunch and ate 3 bowls. Let’s say that each bowls contained almost 2 cups of cereals… When we look at the nutrition facts, it gets scary especially when (like in this picture), we actually update the amount actually consumed.
He then told me: “You know, I’ve looked at the nutritional facts and there’s plenty of good things such as vitamins and fiber!”. A general warning to those who read the labels but not completely: quite often, the ‘serving size’ is not representative of the portion you actually serve yourself. It’s, of course, always smaller than the real servings which helps them sell their products and us, think we eat better than we do.
The main argument that was given to me was: I eat fiber!…really? 0.9g is the actual proportion in -1 cup-. If we look at healthier cereals such as Mueslix for example, we are talking of 6.1g of fiber per cup. Of course, he would have been filled with a single cup of Mueslix while he almost emptied his box of Captain Crunch just to feel satisfied. Now if we look at the sodium amount, it’s purely insane….and the fat! 2 Mc Cain’s Deluxe pizza pockets would have been less sodium (1120mg instead of 1616g), less carbs (54g instead of 183g) even the proteins would have been higher (20g instead of 9.6g) but slightly less fiber (4g instead of 5.6g) and a bit more fat (18g). (Don’t worry, I’m not going to say that pizza pockets are healthier, but in that case, for dinner, it would have been a better choice than what he chose, to some extend.)
Then, I started looking at the ingredients and preservative/additive. Just to discover that the preservative used in these cereals caused cancer in rats.When I said that, he just picked up his bowl and went away, hihi…
We have to remember that the food industry is not there to help us be heathier but to make money. What we can find in industrial food is often beyond logic. Until our governments start taking care of these companies with regulations that prevent the use of toxic agents, it is our job to be awfully careful about what we decide to put in our mouth. Would you really want to know what was on that corn they used to prepare these Captain Crunch? I sure wouldn’t. Nor would I want to know the exact content of pizza pockets, beside the nutrition facts.
Dear Captain Crunch, I would rather not see my boyfriend eat your crap but he’s an adult and he is responsible for his actions. Children however, who are your main target, should never ingest that much sodium, sugar and chemicals…Thanks to you and your friends, it happens everyday.