Last November Kraft Foods announced its intentions to introduce belVita in the USA, which was sold in Europe for the last decade (what took them so long to bring a healthy product to America?) marked the food company’s re-entrance into grain-based breakfasts. When I first spotted belVita Blueberry on Walmart shelves, I pulled out my magnifying glass thinking: Aha, let’s see how many artificial food colorants you put to market your fake blueberry cookies! What a nice surprise it was to find out: the blueberry was real!
This is another good sign on the bumpy road to a healthier American diet: along with Milk & Granola bars manufactured with no artificial food colorants, questionable preservatives or emulsifiers, belVita biscuits, with18-19 g whole grain, contain no harmful chemicals.
Wow, the ingredient list starts with rolled oats and rye flakes! Congratulations, people of America! This is another little victory on our way to real, not artificial, freedom. We become more educated, our everyday food selection is now healthier and, guess what? The food industry follows!
As you see, the DyeDiet diagram is mostly green (nutrients) with some yellow segments (non-toxic, low nutrition food additives that I call “benign”). Your chemical risk with this product is zero, DDFI = 0/46 = 0 and your nutritional reward is descent, DDNF = 46/22 ~ 2. Every serving pack of 4 biscuits gives you:
- 230 calories (so don’t eat all 5 packs at a time!)
- Fat, 8 g
- Potassium, 85 mg which is twice as much as what you get from Gatorade fake electrolyte
- Sugar, 13 g
- Protein, 4 g
- Fiber, 3 g (slows down sugar absorption)
Other two versions of belVita, Golden Oats and Apple Cinnamon are of the similar nutritional value. Below are listed some additives you may not really familiar with, but they are not hazardous.
- Inverted sugar is a mixture of glucose and fructose that is not a big difference from HFCS
- High Oleic Canola Oil says for itself it is high in oleic acid which is an unsaturated fatty acid that is better for health than saturated ones.
- DATEM is an emulsifier used in baking. It is made from combining of naturally occurring tartaric acid and mono- and di-glycerides and is not a health hazard
belVita Breakfast biscuits are specially baked to release energy regularly and continuously to fuel your body throughout the morning – it says on the box. I have tried the biscuits with Stonyfield Plain yogurt: you will like it too! In addition, you may consider the 50 Best Snack Foods in America (from Eat this, Not That!).
they bake their bars with natural berries why still they want to add a pinch of potentially cancer-inducing chemicals which no one (who knows what they are: Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks) wants? Kellogg still lives in the past.
I hope now you have the privilege of being informed well enough to make your healthy choice for you and your lovely children.