Aloha (That's Goodbye) to Kashi Island Vanilla Cereal

Written by shoes15 (diane) on 12/1/2010 7:57 AM | COMMENTS (15)

I won't be taking a breakfast trip to flavor island again. Kashi Island Vanilla cereal is just too pointy under the new plan to be worth it. It's a great example of why the revised Points system makes sense, even if it means I have to hang up my grass skirt now.

A two-ounce serving of this delicious cereal contains 180 calories, 1 gram of fat, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein. I'll let you Points wizards figure out how much that is under the new vs. old system, but the killer here is 44 grams of carbs. That's twice as many carbs than you get in most doughnuts and croissants. It's even off the charts compared with a serving of nasty cereals such as Count Chocula and Froot Loops.

Why did I never realize this before? Because I zeroed in on one number: Fiber. Six grams. That's a lot for a cereal. The old WW Points system rewarded you for eating a lot of fiber, even if that fiber came wrapped in a sugary package. See that 9 grams of sugar? I never noticed it before. The cereal is sweet, yes, but not sugary-tasting, so it did not arouse my usual suspicions about processed foods.

I think Kashi products have this "health halo" around them. That is, I assumed when I saw the Kashi label that I was getting some sensible packaged food made with whole grains. Now, I see high-carb, sugar-packed foods wherever I look.

Even the old "To Good Friends" cereal (bland by comparison to Island Vanilla) has these ingredients (9 grams of sugars in BOLD) : Wheat Bran, Granola (Whole Grain Oats, Whole Grain Wheat, Brown Rice Syrup, Evaporated Cane Juice, Crisp Rice [Rice Flour, Evaporated Cane Juice, Malt Extract, Salt], Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Waxy Maize Starch, Salt, Honey, Natural Flavors, Mixed Tocopherols [Natural Vitamin E] Added for Freshness), Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Yellow Corn Meal, Corn Flour, Kashi® Seven Whole Grains and Sesame™ Flour (Stone Ground Whole: Oats, Long Grain Brown Rice, Rye, Hard Red Winter Wheat, Triticale, Buckwheat, Barley, Sesame Seeds), Corn Bran, Oat Fiber, Wheat Bran, Soy Protein Concentrate, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Salt, Natural Flavor, Annatto (Color).

Here are the ingredients for good ol' Cheerios (1 g of sugar, 20 g carbs, 3 g fiber): Whole grain oats (includes the oat bran), modified corn starch, sugar, salt, oat fiber, tripotassium phosphate, wheat starch, vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) added to preserve freshness [plus a bunch of vitamins].

And of course, old-fashioned oatmeal has nada.

Still, cold cereals are a hard habit to break. I have eliminated most processed foods from my diet, but I still reach for cereal a few times a week for breakfast when I'm lazy or in a rush. My goal for December is to cut down to once a week and start 2011 cereal-free.

(See more comments about the new plan at "All in a Meme.")

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  • Post Image bullardsnc

    12/2/2010 11:20 AM
    Wow, I can see the good health flowing in.

  • Post Image moonstone722 (marcee)

    12/2/2010 10:31 AM
    It's true, even if a food has a lot of fiber, the amount of carbs seems to be the tipping point. I'm cutting way down on those.

  • Post Image mimilefay (maria)

    12/1/2010 7:26 PM
    Hmm, I need to go check my one "beloved" cold cereal because I haven't had it yet on the new program. Most of the cereals you were eating wouldn't have come into my house. I try and buy only items with 6 or less grams of sugar in them. Have you tried bulgur yet? 4 pts but you can have it cold just make it the night before. It doesn't do that weird coagulaty thing oatmeal does when cold.

  • Post Image madamealto (frances)

    12/1/2010 3:33 PM
    Wow! What a wolf in sheep's clothing! Thanks for sharing your discovery!

  • Post Image skk1969

    12/1/2010 3:16 PM
    I'm definitely taking a look at a lot of my "go to" foods and I'm going to have to make some changes, too. But good for you for being so positive about the changes and realizing it's all for the best! :-)

  • Post Image stradczola (maryann)

    12/1/2010 12:53 PM
    We're all taking a look at food in a new way - and that's probably a good thing. Your Island Vanilla friend didn't look devious, but now has been exposed to the light of the new program. Good for you!

  • Post Image chrisimp

    12/1/2010 11:13 AM
    My Kashi flavor of choice is the Honey Sunshine, the stats are a little better than these. I am trying to eat more protein for breakfast so I don't have it too often. But it makes a great snack, although it is not the best choice there are much worse alternatives. Good luck with becoming cereal free in 2011!

  • Post Image bearsgirl123

    12/1/2010 10:52 AM
    I am seeing a lot of error in my current system too, too bad my favorite WW fudge bar is now 3 instead of 1 pt. "I will survive.".

  • Post Image herethere

    12/1/2010 9:26 AM
    Man, that was tough reality to face! The only cereal I have is good ol' oatmeal. It's now double the points, but the banana I have with it is free. So it works out!

  • Post Image bcoopernadis

    12/1/2010 9:07 AM
    I am totally with you on giving up processed grains, but I just can't get into oatmeal. Maybe time for another try.

  • Post Image mkoenighain

    12/1/2010 8:33 AM
    Good for you!! Processed foods are hard to resisit because of the sugar and salt and flavors. I have given up almost ALL processed foods...I still will cave in once in a while but that's ok:) It has made me lose soooo much more weight and feel sooo much better this time around! I lost 47 lbs in 17 weeks and I believe it's because of more natural foods in my diet. BRAVO for you!!

  • Post Image flesch1234 (mary anne)

    12/1/2010 8:18 AM
    Excellent post. You are right about the Kashi "health halo" or my favorite, Kellogg's Fiber Plus. Just because the word fiber is in the title doesn't make it the healthiest choice for breakfast. An egg white omelet is probably a LOT better. But cereal brings back childhood memories, and it's SO quick!

  • Post Image dis-moi!

    12/1/2010 8:08 AM
    Total with a bit of old-fashioned uncooked oats on top and a small amount of chopped walnuts is HEAVEN :) i'm getting hungry...

  • Post Image spinach36

    12/1/2010 8:07 AM
    I eat cold cereals most days for breakfast... breakfast pickings are hard for those of us allergic to eggs! And some highly processed cereal just doesn't bother my stomach at all. Sigh.

  • Post Image snappymcunderpants

    12/1/2010 8:03 AM
    Hey now, I flove Froot Loops with marshmallows!!! Not that I've eaten them in years... I love CAPT Crunch with Crunchberries, Lucky Charms, Froot Loops. Yes, I'm a 12 year-old. Why do you ask?


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