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Did you read "For Your Health, Froot Loops"?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/05/business/05 smart.html?_r=1&hp

“You’re rushing around, you’re trying to think about healthy eating for your kids and you have a choice between a doughnut and a cereal,” Dr. Kennedy said, evoking a hypothetical parent in the supermarket. “So Froot Loops is a better choice.”

This is the stupidest comment I've heard in a while. Well, in that case, put a checkmark on butter. Couldn't lard be worse?

Couldn't you always name some alternative that could be worse than something else?

The thing is, she expicitly says they aren't going to put an 'X' on items, so no one would know what the product 'is better than'.

Help me expand on the logic of this Smart Choices board president:

Mine: Chips are better than french fries.

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I agree that Froot Loops as well as egg McMufins and doughnuts are not "real food" I'm just saying that Froot Loops are not that nutritionally bad for you. Egg McMuffins contain 12 grams of fat (nearly half is saturated) and contain 87% of your daily intake of cholesterol. Froot loops don't contain any cholesterol at all, and don't even have a gram of saturated fat. Bottom line Eating a bowl of fruit loops for breakfast is obviously not the best option, however eating a bowl everyday IS NOT going to make you fat, eating Egg McMuffins or doughnuts everyday probably will.

Personally I eat reduced sugar Froot Loops as a snack on occasion when I want something sweet because it's better than eating cookies or brownies, but for breakfast I always eat yogurt with raisins and unsweetened bran flakes.

Original Post by lizzypoo222:

I agree that Froot Loops as well as egg McMufins and doughnuts are not "real food" I'm just saying that Froot Loops are not that nutritionally bad for you. Egg McMuffins contain 12 grams of fat (nearly half is saturated) and contain 87% of your daily intake of cholesterol. Froot loops don't contain any cholesterol at all, and don't even have a gram of saturated fat. Bottom line Eating a bowl of fruit loops for breakfast is obviously not the best option, however eating a bowl everyday IS NOT going to make you fat, eating Egg McMuffins or doughnuts everyday probably will.

Irrelevant.  Dietary cholesterol isn't bad for you, and saturated fat isn't nearly as bad as some people make out.  It certainly isn't as bad as the excessive amount of sugar in Froot Loops.  Eggs are good healthy food, and containing cholesterol and sat. fat doesn't change that.  (Egg McMuffins aren't, but they're still better than Froot Loops because at least they have one healthy whole food component; Froot Loops got nothin'.)  I'd bet good money that people who have Froot Loops for breakfast eat more the rest of the day - and therefore get fatter - than people who eat a breakfast that actually contains some fat and protein (and a whole lot less sugar).  If you want to use them as a sweet snack, that's fine, but pretending that they constitute a healthy breakfast is bad news.

And, Johnny, that was the point I was attempting to make.  I certainly hope my post didn't imply that Egg McMuffins were health food; I was just trying to use them as a barometer of 'badness' to point out how ridiculous it is to make health claims about sugar cereals.

Thanks Susie, I got that...I was only using the Egg McMuffin as a general example since it had come up already...I wasn't referring to your post...but thanks for the clarification anyway...lol...Smile

Original Post by susiecue:

Irrelevant.  Dietary cholesterol isn't bad for you, and saturated fat isn't nearly as bad as some people make out.  It certainly isn't as bad as the excessive amount of sugar in Froot Loops.  Eggs are good healthy food, and containing cholesterol and sat. fat doesn't change that.  (Egg McMuffins aren't, but they're still better than Froot Loops because at least they have one healthy whole food component; Froot Loops got nothin'.) 

^What she said!

Froot Loops: 1 cup is what? 120 calories? Who in the junk, kid or adult, only eats 1 c. up of this sugary cereal for breakfast? It may only have 12 grams of sugar, but uhh that's all it has.

It has a minimal amount of vitamins. As in each vitamin added is less than 9%.

Froot Loops, and similar sugary cereals like it came about to target the easiest audience, children. They weren't made to be healthy like oatmeal, whole wheat toast, eggs, etc. They were easy to produce with cheap materials.

When you think about it though, cereal is super expensive. Froot Loops are something like $4.00? You can get a large can of oatmeal for that. It has 30 servings.

If I have to say what is better than something worse I would say.....

Oatmeal with Marshmallow Fluff is better than a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (the devil's cereal ;)

Original Post by claudb89:

Froot Loops: 1 cup is what? 120 calories? Who in the junk, kid or adult, only eats 1 c. up of this sugary cereal for breakfast? It may only have 12 grams of sugar, but uhh that's all it has.

It has a minimal amount of vitamins. As in each vitamin added is less than 9%.

Froot Loops, and similar sugary cereals like it came about to target the easiest audience, children. They weren't made to be healthy like oatmeal, whole wheat toast, eggs, etc. They were easy to produce with cheap materials.

When you think about it though, cereal is super expensive. Froot Loops are something like $4.00? You can get a large can of oatmeal for that. It has 30 servings.

If I have to say what is better than something worse I would say.....

Oatmeal with Marshmallow Fluff is better than a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (the devil's cereal ;)

My breakfast is about 1/2 cup muesli with 1/2 cup yoghurt and a couple of pieces of fruit. But muesli is way more filling than junk like froot loops, and if I was only eating froot loops with milk, yeah I probably would need more than 1/2 cup.

I agree that those cereals are bad value for money. And nutrition. And taste!

I have never had muesli, but the more I hear about it on this site the more I am tempted to try it.

My own fave breakfast is egg beaters, fresh fruit & whole wheat toast, dry w/ a bit of jelly for flavor ~ no more than a half ounce on two pieces.

As for cereals, the two best for me are Crispix & regular old-fashioned oatmeal.

It's true, I totally agree with you Merylwhite1. You need those carbs to start your day; not to mention that carbohydrates is the only thing your brain runs off of. So unless you want a sluggish morning in the brain department, eating carbs like Meryl desciribes is the best! Yum!

As an occasional breakfast, there is nothing too bad about FROOT loops, they are hardly a healthy food by any means, but they are healthier than some alternatives.

Its like that stupid McD's commercial that makes out like making your own breakfast is too complicated and difficult so one is better off plucking down cash for one of thier over processed fat bombs. Trust me making breakfast does not require an advanced degree. (gah!! I hate that commercial, reminds of those stupid informercials that making boiling eggs look like rocket science, only so they can sell you some cheap-***  gizmo that will collect dust in a drawer).

sure Froot loops are better than some choices, but there are way more choices that are much better and much more ecconomical (you get a way better buy from oatmeal, or making your own egg muffins).

Even in a hurry there are better options than choosing between neon sugar bombs, or a sugar/lard bombs.  One can make thier own breakfast even when in a hurry.  Some scrambled eggs and veggies on a sandwich or roll up. 

there are also plenty of healthy cereals, and other options. 

Personally I prefer Steel Cut oats with raisins or other fruit. Sometimes I add some stevia and/or cinnamon or what ever spice strikes my fancy.

My favorite cold cereals are plain mini wheats or grapenuts (esp w/blueberries or strawberries and some Soy milk).

there are also smoothies. or you can make up a batch of pancakes or waffles and freeze them, voila homemade and much healthier (esp if you use whole wheat Eggos.

The food companies will say what ever they can (legally) to get you to think you should buy that product.  They care less about your health than they do about sticking their fat fingers in your wallet.

 

White bread is better than styrofoam! LOL

Reading these posts on Froot Loops...they are now running ads in Canada with children playing doctor, and the doctor's prescription is froot loops because they are high in fibre.  Not sure if this is supposed to appeal to kids or adults..guessing both.

Yeah, they have a whole entire 2 grams of fibre now.  I want to know how the heck that qualifies as "high in fibre"?!?!

so how is this statement: froot loops do NOT make a complete breakfast. they LACK fiber, protein, (etc. etc. add your own here) BUT if you add enough healthy foods to your meal and you have enough calories in your day to not make the froot loops exceed what you should be having, then they can be part of a very healthy diet.

Which is better for you, the chloroform or the arsenic? Mmm, artificial fibers. That'll help your kids poop.

"IS HELTHY CUZ IS FATFREEEEE."

Oh really. You could drown a bowl of Kashi GoLean in sugar and you'd have fewer calories than a bowl of Froot Loops in milk.

Original Post by blueberry_lips:

so how is this statement: froot loops do NOT make a complete breakfast. they LACK fiber, protein, (etc. etc. add your own here) BUT if you add enough healthy foods to your meal and you have enough calories in your day to not make the froot loops exceed what you should be having, then they can be part of a very healthy diet.

Works for me.  I object to them being marketed to kids and uninformed parents as "healthy".  If informed adults want to include them in an otherwise healthy diet (in the "treats" category), that's their call. 

Some of you are either not parents or have the most perfect children.  I am a health nut my kids and most of the people around me know that.  I will do anything to get my kids to eat the right foods.  Hell yeah I give my kids froot loops in the morning or other artifically flavored cereals because they offer some nutritional value especailly including the low fat milk.  According to some of you it is okay if just let them eat the Hostess Choclate donuts my wife buys instead of froot loops.  This is the world we live in...we have really healthy choices, okay choices, and really unhealthy choices...I just make the practical decision for my kids.  Just to let you know I am the type of parent that has sat at the table an hour with my kids at supper to get them to eat veggies...just don't have that much time in the morning and I don't want to send my kid to school hungry.

Original Post by thecrankyone:

(gah!! I hate that commercial, reminds of those stupid informercials that making boiling eggs look like rocket science, only so they can sell you some cheap-***  gizmo that will collect dust in a drawer).

 Infomercials are a hoot - oh, the burden of having to wrestle around with an "old style" blanket to use the remote, or actually wear a jacket to a football game - hence, the snuggie.

The whole "actually this is healthy" thing has been around for a very long time.  In my memory, the first big thing was everything had to be "fat free."  (Yeah, a 5 lb bag of sugar is fat free...)  Then everything had to be "trans fat free" - eat that bag of Oreos, it's trans-fat free!!!  Now things have "healthy fats" - sure, it has 35 grams of fat, but it's from OLIVE OIL!!!

Original Post by ampec:

Some of you are either not parents or have the most perfect children. 

 I most certainly don't have perfect children, and I do understand the tendency to rely on the tastyness of processed foods as an incentive for kids to eat their entire breakfast.  However, healthy and kid friendly are not mutually exclusive.  There are other choices between sugar bombs and tasteless bowls of fiber.

That being said, unless your kids are doing the grocery shopping, the choice to allow that stuff in your home is yours. 

Original Post by susiecue:

Why is the alternative to Froot Loops a doughnut?  Why isn't it Cheerios?  Or Raisin Bran?  They seem like far more logical alternatives.

I'll also disagree with you on the fast food and say that it would be better to give your kids an Egg McMuffin for breakfast than a bowl of Froot Loops.  At least the Egg McMuffin has all of the nutrients from the egg plus some calcium from the cheese and protein from the egg/cheese/ham.

So, I guess that means McDonalds is better than Froot Loops.  And when you lose to McDonalds, you really shouldn't get to call yourself a healthy food!  Smile

 McDonalds will have a lot of added fats that are not healthy due to the cooking grease and the mcmuffin will be as processed as it gets.  Also look at the caloric value of each serving between froot loops and McMuffin. I say the winner is froot loops.

I really enjoy this...it is ironic on here how I am considered the unhealthy one for giving my kids froot loops.  When I go to my in-laws I some weird health nut to them.  They will have all the unhealthiest snacks known to man for my children to eat...and then I want them to come back and eat Kashi cereals...LOL.

But back on topic I think the article really should say life is all about the choices we make...work out or don't work out?...eat this or eat that?  I for one always try to make the best choice possible...sometimes it may choosing between two evils. LOL

 

Original Post by ampec:

I really enjoy this...it is ironic on here how I am considered the unhealthy one for giving my kids froot loops. 

 Who indicated you are "the unhealthy one"?  My assessment of the value of Froot Loops is independent of how anybody chooses to incorporate them into their diet.

I think the general point is that Froot Loops aren't exactly a "healthy choice", and can really only be justified as such if you compare it to worse alternatives or use qualifiers like "at least there are vitamins in it."

They're your kids, feed them according to your discretion, by all means.   But don't fool yourself into thinking that's the only way to get kids to eat a quick breakfast.

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