Here is Blueberry Mini Spooners cereal distributed by Malt-O-Meal Co. which is a healthy cereal made in USA. There is quite a bit of interesting information you can read on the bag. Let’s see what it says. “Some people think cereal in a bag doesn’t taste good. First of all, as a point of reference, all cereal comes in a bag! Secondly, try Malt-O-Meal cereals foe yourself. Don’t listen to others. Third, we guarantee you’ll love it or we will give you your money back. PERIOD. Top our cereals with milk and some fresh fruit, or just have some on the side to make Malt-O-Meal cereal part of a healthy, tasty breakfast.” Now let’s see what the ingredients are.
Oops! Along with a variety of Vitamins of B group you will also consume the following:
- Reduced iron is a dietary iron food additive. Read about dangers of too much dietary iron in our food and diet
- Zinc oxide is on the U.S. FDA’s list of generally recognized as safe food additive, or GRAS, substances
- BHT stands for Butylated Hydroxytoluene, a phenol derived food preservative with a lot of controversy. In particular, it is feared that BHT could produce hyperactivity in some children and some controversy surrounds the link of BHT to cancer risk. For these reasons BHT is represented by the red segment in the DyeDiet risk and nutrition diagram.
Still, in general the cereal is NOT a bad product: you will take acceptably low chemical risk of DDFI = 6/27 ~ 0.2 and you will get fairly good nutritional value of DDNF = 27/21 ~ 1.3. However I don’t break my own rules: I do not recommend any products with any red segments (biochemically foreign chemicals) in the DyeDiet risk diagram. Once in a while you can take a little chemical risk. Just don’t make it happen on a regular basis.
Even better choice. If you don’t want to mess with BHT here is whole grain Cheerios that I can confidently recommend. You have a nice Father’s Day!