Originally Posted by Wannabeskinny
I'm not knocking sugar or any food. You can think of corn flakes however you wish to, however if you think it's healthier than raisin bran you're kidding yourself. Thankfully I'm not in a low carb mindset so I can see this objectively, and I like to indulge in a bowl of cereal when I fancy it. A while ago when I was trying to eliminate added sugars from our pantry I did some cereal research. Again, nothing wrong with sugar but they tend to put it in things you don't expect it like cereals, condiments, anything labeled low-fat, canned beans, etc. If I want to eat sugar I want to eat it where it counts, in my cake lol! I don't need sugar in my black beans or in my ketchup, know what I'm saying? So I was looking for some cereal that I could sprinkle on my yogurt and some I could eat occassionally when my cereal craving kicked in. I went down the cereal aisle, which is as long as a football field in America, and checked the labels on all the cereals. I didn't bother with the ones that were geared towards kids and were obviously full of sugars and colorings. I checked the ones that were specifically marketed as "all natural" and "whole grain" you know, the ones that were marketed to make you think it's healthy.
I found TWO cereals that did not contain added sugars. Grape Nuts and Shredded Wheat. That's it, not a single one other than those 2.
Erewhon Corn Flakes don't contain any sugar but if you're talking about kellogg's the first five ingredients are : MILLEDCORN, SUGAR, MALT FLAVORING, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT
That's 3 kinds of sweetener in the top 4 ingredients. Tit for tat, raisin bran has a higher fiber count so depending on what your criteria for "good for you" means it might be a better choice, especially if the brand of raisin bran you choose uses real raisins, not sugar coated ones.
wannabe, i know already that cornflakes contain added sugar but today i learnt just how little it was. I picked up a book at the library about sugar and on one page there was an above the line reading and a belwo the line reading of sugar. The above the line reading was less than 4% added sugar. The below the line reading was from %5 and upwards indefinitely.
The doctor writing this anti sugar book noted that the products above the line were not an issue for nutrition while those below the loan were a real worry. Its the sort of distinction i've always made myself. The thing is a little bit of sugar significantly improves the taste of some foods e.g. tomato sauce/ketchup, cornflakes for instance but those foods with a sugar content above the line seem to be the ones that cause major problems.
Here in Australia you can buy wheat bix cereal with added sugar and wheat bix cereal without it. It is not a sweet cereal but the sweetened one beats the other hands down in any taste competition.
Sugar and salt have their place. In my diet which is a quit sugar diet they have their place. Foods that are so sweet that make me want to keep eating more, are the problem and its these i avoid.