Sometimes I think commercials like this should be banned, but they serve as an excellent example of what NOT to feed your kids.
First, the fact that these kids are discussing fiber is just weird. Second, a doctor “prescribing” Froot Loops to a patient is completely insane. Third, if your kid isn’t “regular,” it’s probably because you’re feeding him crap in the first place, i.e.) FROOT LOOPS! And fourth, I hate when companies purposely misspell the names of their products. It’s not catchy, it’s lame.
Froot Loops boasts 2 grams of fiber per serving. Whoopity do! 1 medium-sized apple contains 4.4 grams of fiber. A banana would give you 3.1 grams of fiber. And a cup of fresh raspberries provides 8 grams of fiber. Fresh fruit v. Fake sugary cereal. Hmmm… I just can’t decide which is more healthy!
Let’s look at the ingredients in Froot Loops. Keep in mind, they are listed in order of the most prevalent ingredient. Anything I’ve put in bold will be discussed below, for obvious reasons.
Corn, Wheat, and Oat Flour, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (One or More of: Coconut, Cottonseed, and Soybean) Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Ascorbate and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)Red No. 40, Yellow No. 6, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, Reduced Iron, Natural Orange, Lemon, Cherry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Lime, and Other Natural Flavors, Turmeric Color, Annatto Color, Blue No. 1, Blue No. 2, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1) BHT (Preservative)Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.
Corn, Wheat, and Oat Flour: Not whole wheat; corn is a grain (not a vegetable, don’t be fooled)
Sugar: 15 grams in every 1 cup serving (will cause your child’s blood sugar level to sky rocket & then crash)
Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil: Oil goes through a process called hydrogenation to change it’s chemical makeup which extends it’s shelf-life; has been known to cause diabetes, coronary disease & obesity
Red No. 40, Yellow No. 6, Blue No. 1, Blue No. 2: Food colorings are made from a variety of disgusting sources, including coal tar/petroleum & ground-up red beetles. They can contribute to ADHD & nervous system malfunctions. Humans are not meant to ingest petroleum. Obviously, it’s going to start causing problems, especially in children with fragile immune systems.
Other Natural Flavors: Code for MSG (monosodium glutamate); a neurotoxin that enhances flavor & sends signals to your brain that you’re still hungry; hello, obesity!
BHT (preservative): Butylated hydroxytoluene; found in the packaging & used to extend shelf-life; has been linked to cancer & hyperactivity in children. Also found in embalming fluid… yum!
And if you’re thinking, but look at all those fabulous vitamins! They’ve been added after the fact and will literally have no positive affect on your child’s health. Vitamins work best when consumed in their true form… whole foods. They’ve also been added in miniscule amounts, not even near the daily recommended value (a/k/a the minimum amount required to sustain life).
So what the heck should you feed your kids then?! Get out the cutting board & the knife (quit complaining) and cut up some fresh fruit. Slap some natural, no-sugar added peanut butter on a piece of whole wheat toast. If you can’t spare the 2 minutes it takes to do either of those options, peruse the organic aisle of your grocery store for some TRULY healthy, all-natural fruit or granola bars.
I recommend Bear Fruit Bars as one option. 2 servings of fruit/bar, low glycemic index, no added sugar or sodium, NATURAL source of fiber & no fat or cholesterol. They come in 4 yummy flavors and only contain fruit… nothing else!
Organic Apple Raspberry Bar Ingredients: Organic apple concentrate, organic raspberry concentrate, and organic apples
Your kids will thank you one day.