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Michael Phelps Flakes Out!

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:
(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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  • Rob

    Unless you are claiming you are better shape than Michael Phelps, perhaps you should rethink your objections to sugar.

  • Paul, seeking wisdom

    When I was put on a low sugar diet many years ago I was shocket to find that not only did Frosted Flakes have less sugar than Life, so did Cocoa Puffs.
    Sometimes things are what they seem. Still, Wheaties and Cherios are the best source of fiber after All Bran.

  • Pat

    Michael is not a position to have to lose weight….therefore I wouldn’t say anything. His mom did something right!

  • Linda

    re: sources of fiber…
    Check out Fiber One. One serving has half the FDA guidelines! and it tastes a whole lot better than All-Bran.

  • zark

    These days, why sports stars just like pop stars, I heard many sports satrs join that club for famous and rich people named(lovewealthy…..com), Phelps’s space is the hottest recently.

  • Marsha in Texas

    ‘Olympic golden boy Phelps eats 12000 calories a day’ – New York Post Aug 13, 2008. “Eat, sleep and swim. That’s all I can do,” said Phelps.
    Guess he eats sugary foods so he doesn’t have to stay up 24 hours a day just to eat. Then when would he swim or even get in a few power naps?
    Well, I am off to the grocery store where I will be avoiding any aisles frequented by Michael Phelps…

  • deb C

    It always surprises me that when people discuss cereals they don’t reference protein content because thats the main thing with fiber that I look at, especially for my kids. They get their A and C thru multivitaimins and fruits and veges.

  • elo

    Obesity obviously isn’t Phelps responsibility..and it’s overreacting to say that by sponsoring a sugary cereal, he will necessarily be contributing to the epidemic.
    But – with all the sponsorship offers Phelps receives, it does seem that it would make more sense for his own personal brand to sponsor a healthier cereal–this could increase/help conserve the value and integrity of his own brand. The very fact that some people Are upset about his sponsoring of a sugary cereal suggests that his brand could be hurt by this endorsement–whether or not that’s fair. (And will the $ he earns from Kellogg’s/McDonald’s offset the losses in future potential earnings..impossible to calculate.)
    Dr. Tantillo (‘the marketing doctor’) has a
    branding blog and did a recent post on the Michael Phelps brand, discussing the challenges Phelps will have in leveraging his brand for promotions (lack in popularity of swimming as a sport in the U.S., the fact that his brand is closely tied to the Olympics, which is episodic..) and also pointing out ways Phelps will be able to succeed despite these challenges. The promotional ideas he suggests also have a more intuitive tie to Phelps himself.
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