Aloha (That's Goodbye) to Kashi Island Vanilla Cereal
12/1/2010 7:57 AM
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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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