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And the sugar-coated gold medal goes to . . . by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, and 50-pound big-time-loser. (write Janice for a free consult)
Did you hear? Michael Phelps is going to share top billing with Tony, the Tiger. That’s RRRRRRIGHT! He is soon to appear on boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes.
Nutritionists are up in arms! Brows furrowed; all concerned. They’re wondering, “What happened to Wheaties, Breakfast of Champions?” Some would rather see him on a box of Fiber One. Imagine that!
Before I jump on the “whoa Nelly, what are you thinking Michael Phelps bandwagon,” I thought I’d do a bit of investigative blogging! So, I put on my detective’s hat, thick reading glasses, got out my pipe, and jumped onto the world wide web. Straight to nutritiondata.com, which by the way, has got to be the best site of its kind. So much great information, from calorie count to inflammation factor.
The good news for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® is that its inflammation factor is -151. Now, I’m not so sure that this is a huge factor when feeding your children, but still it’s good to know.
Also, nutritiondata.com, has a 5 star rating system, letting you know if a product is going to help you lose or gain weight. You won’t be surprised to find out, will you???, that a cereal that has ‘frosted’ in its title is not a great diet cereal.
Here follows the bulk of my investigative efforts:
Ingredients:
MILLED CORN, SUGAR, MALT FLAVORING, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, SODIUM ASCORBATEAND ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), NIACINAMIDE, IRON, PYRIDOXINEHYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMINHYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), VITAMIN A PALMITATE, FOLIC ACID, BHT (PRESERVATIVE), VITAMIN B12, AND VITAMIN D.
(Want my opinion on HFCS?)
Calories per 1 cup serving / 143
Calories from Fat – 1
Total Carbs – 35 g
Vitamin A – 12%
Vitamin C – 13%
Iron 39%
The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and a very good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12 and Iron.
The bad: A large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars.
Nutrition Data awards foods 0 to 5 stars in each of three categories, based on their nutrient density (ND Rating) and their satiating effect (Fullness Factor™).
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® received:
Weight loss: 2 stars
Optimum health: 3 stars
Weight gain: 3 1/2 stars
Estimated glycemic load : 26
Inflammation factor: -151
Source: nutritiondata.com
Again, I highly recommend nutritiondata.com. I’m giving them a 5 OurLady Rating!
As for jumping on the “Hey, Michael, what are you doing?” bandwagon. Sorry! Can’t do it; out of deference to his mother. I loved watching her during the Olympic games even more than him. And, I sure wouldn’t want anyone knocking my son! 🙂
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Janice

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