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what's lurking in YOUR Cheerios?...

Discussion in 'Nutrition & Supplements' started by HevyMetal, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. HevyMetal

    HevyMetal Well-Known Member

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    Well....after certain people here gave Cheerios the thumb's-up for acceptable nutrition I decided to read the label on a box I have here (my wife has 'em every day for brekky....I eat oatmeal) to see what's in it....

    By list of ingredients from first to last:-

    Whole Grain Oats
    Modified Corn Starch :eek:
    Sugar :eek:
    Salt :whistle:
    Trisodium Phosphate :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
    Calcium carbonate....have no idea what this is
    Monoglycerides.............ditto
    Annatto....so that's where my brother's Italian girlfriend ended up when she mysteriously disappeared
    Tocepherols..:tucool:
    Wheat starch...:eek:

    Along with fortified vitamins.

    TRISODIUM PHOSPHATE! fer cryin' out loud!!!:lol: I use this stuff to clean the outside masonry and the porch..I have a carton of it in the basement....It's been an industrial strength cleaner available for years.

    MODIFIED CORN STARCH..#2 on the list. We used to use this stuff to powder the inside of our diving wet suits so they would go on easier.
    BUT....a lot of people couldn't use it because it gave them Hives. Starches are fast-burning Carbs...sure you want this Carb for breakfast?????

    Didn't know Trisodium Phosphate was edible..If it is you'll have the cleanest sphincter on the block.:moon:
     
  2. d2mini

    d2mini Well-Known Member

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    :lol:


    :doh:


    :cry:
     
  3. mattback

    mattback Active Member

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    i prefer general mills Fiber One

    this stuff rocks for real. i get anacondas in my toilet every morning.

    ingredients:

    wheat (whole grain wheat bran) , corn bran, corn starch, calcium carbonate, guar gum, color added, cellulose gum, salt, baking soda, corn oil, aspartame, zinc and iron, vitamin c, a b vitamin, bitamin b6, vitamin b12, folic acid, vitamin b2, vitamin e (mixed tocopherols), added to preserve freshness


    serving size: 1/2 cup (30g)
    calories 50
    total fat 1g
    sodium 105mg
    potassium 180mg
    total carbohydrates 14g
    dietary fiber 14g
    soluble fiber 1g
    sugars 0g
    other carbohydrate 11g
    protein 2g

    this stuff + some wheat germ = winner
     
  4. Gordo

    Gordo Well-Known Member

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    Post shredded wheat with bran is (imo) your best choice.

    Ingredients: WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT AND WHEAT BRAN. TO PRESERVE THE NATURAL WHEAT FLAVOR, BHT IS ADDED TO THE PACKAGING MATERIAL.


    That's it.... good, if you're looking for a cereal. Kicks cheerios ass up and down the block.
     
  5. Robert2006

    Robert2006 Active Member

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    Calcium carbonate is chalk. You know like those fancy bottled waters :lol:

    I like Quaker harvest crunch. May not be perfect but then I need a treat.
     
  6. Gordo

    Gordo Well-Known Member

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    It's also used to treat calcium deficiencies.
     
  7. Colin.

    Colin. Active Member

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    I love cereals, though since I started my workout program I have cut cheerios in place of whole grain bagels.

    My thing with cereals is that I am sure there are a lot of great, clean and healthy ones out there- but I could never afford it. I see them at certain places, even local grocery store, 500g, skinny box for something insane like 6.99.


    What's the word on having Granola for breakfast? I Can't seem to find nutritional data for granola online. I am talking about the stuff you buy in bulk, the straight-up, no sugar added, no honey, no frills raw granola.
     
  8. zenpharaohs

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    It's chalk.
     
  9. Robert2006

    Robert2006 Active Member

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    I bet they are using it to adjust pH. Maybe the other stuff varies during the year. Or maybe the process turns them acidic.
     
  10. Robert2006

    Robert2006 Active Member

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    You need to compare apples to apples. Some thing like the Quaker stuff I get seems expensive. It's a little box with a highish price. But the box is heavy and you don't eat a great deal of it. The bonus the local Fortinos has big bulk boxes for a fairly reasonable price. But if you just put the box next to one of those jumbo boxes of corn flakes you'll think it's a rip off. But the corn flake box seems to be mostly air.

    I think the harvest crunch I get is basically oat granola. Only way to know if it's good is to check the list of what's in it. Just because it's in bulk doesn't mean they haven't added a bunch of things to make it taste "good" or to make it keep.
     
  11. guava

    guava Elite Member
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    I'd say Cheerios are likely a smarter choice than whole grain bagels. I think they would be higher in fibre, and probably taste more filling for the equivalent calorie serving. There aren't many boxed cereals cleaner than Cheerios. Post Shredded Wheat for sure is one of my favorites, plus Kellogg's All Bran or Raisin Bran.

    Quaker Harvest Crunch has a LOT of sugar and fat in it. It is so extremely calorie dense that I've quit eating it.

    Ten Foods You Should Never Eat and
    Cereals Cannot Be Serious

    I don't think the granola you buy in bulk would be sugar free and fat free; otherwise it would be just plain oats, which I'd say would be a good choice, mixed with a few nuts and seeds and fresh fruit. If you like something a little more crunchy and more similar to the commercial variety, you can make it yourself. My recipe uses mashed bananas and dates as the sugar source, and canola oil as the fat. It ends up being much cheaper, and the ingredients are less processed.

    When I do buy Cheerios, I wait for it to go on sale for about $4 (Canadian) for a 1 kg box. The Raisin Bran I just bought was $1.67 for 475 g.
     
  12. kakizaki

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    What's lurking in my cheerios? 2 scoops of protein powder and a little milk. Mmmm...chocolate-flavored cheerios. Sure it's got a few ingredients I can't even spell, but other cereals have it much worse.
     
  13. Glaive

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    Calcium Carbonate is a horrible way to treat a calcium deficiency. Unlike other forms of calcium, Calcium Carbonate is primarily simply going to create lots of bicarbonate, which is nice for neutralizing acid but not particularly helpful for calcium issues. Other chemical forms of calcium are better for pure calcium supplementation purposes.

    Also, for the record, whether you consider them healthy or not, Cheerios are one of the few mass-market cereals that are genuinely all natural and contain no artificial or overly processed ingredients.

    Original Cheerios actually changed their formula many years back so Whole Foods Market would carry them, although admittedly they didn't have to make too many changes.

    Don't make the mistake of thinking "weird science-sounding chemical name = horrible artificial substance." Most people would freak out if they saw "isoleucine" listed on an ingredient list, even though it's an amino acid necessary for life.

    Personally, I don't really eat any cereals simply because they're hard to fit into my diet -- too many carbohydrates with not much else useful compared to other things I can have. When I'm bulking, I'm far more likely to have some oats.
     
  14. HevyMetal

    HevyMetal Well-Known Member

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    While casting a blind eye to the fact that corn starch is the second biggest ingredient in Cheerios...here's the skinny on Trisodium Phosphate...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trisodium_phosphate

    Read down to where it says not to use it for cleaning bathrooms because it corrodes metal...
     
  15. leftyx

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    Breakfasts are fairly regular. Either, Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, or Egg Beaters and Boca Links. Is that so terrible? Is that what is holding me back from being a physical specimen of wonder? I dunno.
     
  16. Robert2006

    Robert2006 Active Member

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    Lots of things don't play well with metal. I bet stomach acid doesn't. For that mater oxygen when you mix it with iron leads to rust.

    I once saw a MSDS [material safety data sheet ] for water. Yup water can be dangerous if you drink too much of it. I think they called it drowning? But at least it wasn't a fire hazard :lol:
     
  17. HevyMetal

    HevyMetal Well-Known Member

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    Leftyx...If all you are having for breakfast is a bowl of Shredded Wheat or Cheerios on many days, I would say that is holding you back some.

    Robert2006.....I defy you to drown by drinking too much water. More likely you'll die from Hyponotremia first.Cheerios themselves are not a fire hazard....its' the fine dust in the bottom of the package that is explosive. Sort of like Coal dust which when ignited has sunk more than one ship in the past..

    Be careful not to shake the empty Cheerios container into the under-counter waste container and then turn on the gas stove immediately after. Houses have been blown to pieces doing this.
     
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  18. betastas

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    Really? When?
     
  19. HevyMetal

    HevyMetal Well-Known Member

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    Never. This is humor.
     
  20. kakizaki

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    I'd be more afraid of the sugar. Did you know that it has a reputation for destroying car engines when you put it in fuel tanks? Ok, I'm being facetious here - sorry :o.

    Correct me if I'm wrong though, but isn't the ingredient in Cheerios tripotassium phosphate? I don't know if it's any better or worse than trisodium phosphate though. I just don't really stress over the fact that Cheerios is not the perfect food.
     

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