Monday, August 17, 2009

A Good Reason To Eat Froot Loops!

Froot Loops photo courtesy of shuttersplash photography

As a dietitian I have always enjoyed the motto, "everything in moderation". This means there aren't any bad foods, even though there may be bad amounts of certain foods; certainly there are bad diets if they are composed largely of calories with low amounts of nutrients.
Like most people, there are foods I enjoy eating that I know aren't exactly "good for me". So I am always trying to justify some good a food will contribute to one's diet. It doesn't always work--soda, for instance, is one for which I can never find any beneficial attributes.

Now, however, there is a new reason for us all to enjoy the kids' cereal, Froot Loops again! Sure, it has a decent amount of the daily value of many vitamins and minerals, but you could get these by taking a vitamin pill, too... the cereal isn't naturally high in vitamins--they are added in to the rest of the ingredients.

Fiber, on the other hand, isn't as easy to take in a pill. A citrucel caplet contains just 1/2 gram of fiber, while a serving of Froot Loops now provides a whopping 3 grams! There are a few other varieties of Kelloggs cereals that have fiber, and they've even added it to some of their Pop Tarts, making it hard to resist these sweet treats with whole grain flour as one of the primary ingredients...until you read the calorie content on the pop tarts: 200 per pastry, 2 pastries per packet. It sure is hard to fold the packet up and put the other pastry back for later. While you're at it, you might want to measure your serving of Froot Loops before you get carried away.

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