Sunday, April 1, 2012

Do You Know What You're Eating? Week One

1 cup of cheerios shown in photo
(equivalent of 6 cookies)
During a recent drive home from school, my daughter asked me, "Mom, did you know that a bowl (1/2 cup) of Honey Nut Cheerios has as much sugar as three Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies?"  I had no idea there was that much sugar in a bowl of cheerios.  Since I don't wake up every morning and cook breakfast, out of convenience, cereal normally wins out on most mornings as the food of choice.

I choose not to eat cereal because I only like the cereals that are full of sugar.  That is why I thought for sure cheerios were a good alternative to some of the other cereals.  As soon as it registered what my daughter shared, I researched a little deeper to find out if this was really true. 

She brought home the issue of "Time for Kids" magazine where she read the information about sugar and common breakfast cereals.  They highlighted the Top 5 cereals with the most sugar according to Environmental Working Group.  Hopefully your favorite isn't on the list:

  1. Kellogg's Honey Smacks
  2. Post Golden Crisp
  3. Kellogg's Froot Loops Marshmallow
  4. Quaker Oats Cap'n Crunch's Oops! All Berries
  5. Quaker Oats Original Cap'n Crunch
Kellogg's Honey Smacks tops the list with nearly 56% of the cereal's weight being sugar!  Can you believe that?

  Over half of the cereal is sugar. 

Throughout the past couple of years, I've really tried to read labels and be mindful of what I place in front of my family as a meal.  There are so many "quick" options in the grocery store, but are they really good for you? 

If you've never seen the movie, "Food Inc.", I encourage you to watch it.  It is a documentary that highlights where our food comes from. Here is a clip of the movie being featured on ABC news when it first aired Food, Inc. clipIf you're anything like me, you are probably in shock with some of the movie's highlights. 

During the next few weeks we will share some of our shocking food realizations and some of the changes we've made in our own homes.  Our goal with this post is to inspire you to be aware of the hidden dangers in what you eat.  As we spring into a new season, let's be mindful of what we consume on a daily basis.  Leave us a comment and let us know about a hidden food danger you discovered. (Posted by Renee)

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2 comments:

  1. Great Post! I watched Food, Inc. a couple years ago...WOW! Up until about 6 months ago, I was having an extra-large slice of pizza for breakfast almost every morning in the form of white chocolate mocha from Starbucks. The price of the drink wasn't enough to stop me, but that whopping 470 cal, 17 grams of fat and 67 grams of carbs stopped me dead in my track.

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  2. Hope,

    Oh my! Who knew that a seemingly harmless drink would be so full of fat and carbs. When you know better, you do better. Have a blessed Easter!

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