(subtitled: No One Cares, But I Now Have Time To Rant About These Things)
You probably remember I wrote about David’s cereal choices a short time ago. Well, Thomas, author of the Gluten Free/Casein Free Experience wanted to know if David couldn’t find a gluten-free cereal he liked, or if he was just a picky eater.
Well…neither, actually. We’re cheap! Most mainstream cereals (Corn Flakes, Rice Crispies, Kix, Crispex, Cheerios, etc.) are not gluten-free. There are gluten-free versions available from other manufacturers, but they tend to be pricey. Very pricey. Worth-their-weight-in-gold pricey. And David, well, has a problem when it comes to cereal. He can’t stop eating it. I know, he’s like a 5-year-old that way. Except that he doesn’t like the really sugary tasting cereals, which is why he doesn’t eat Fruity Pebbles, which are both economical and naturally gluten-free. (By the way, I just heard that Trix and Cocoa Puffs have been reformulated to be gluten-free, but watch the boxes, because there will still be some of the gluten ones on the shelves.)
So anyway, especially now that my paycheck is only half what it used to be, David still eats gluten containing cereal. And the occasional bag of puffed rice cereal, which is cheap and gluten-free, but mostly tasteless.
While I’m on the subject, did anyone else pay attention to the list of ingredients for the Great Value Corn Flakes? Or specifically, did you notice that three of the first five ingredients were sugars? I did, and I brought it up with my sweetie, who grinned and said, “That must be why they taste so good!” After a shared giggle, he pointed out that at least they weren’t as bad as Frosted Flakes. And I argued, are they really that much better?
So here they are, side by side, for all to see.
Great Value Corn Flakes Ingredients: Degermed yellow cornmeal, sugar, salt, high fructose corn syrup, malt extract, vitamin c, iron, vitamin a, niacinamide, vitamin b2, vitamin b1, vitamin b6, vitamin d, folic acid. Calories per serving (1 cup)- 130, Fat – 0g, Cholesterol – 0mg, Sodium – 270mg, Potassium – 55mg, Carbohydrate – 28g, Fiber – less than 1g, Sugars – 3g, Protein – 2g.
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Ingredients: milled corn, sugar, malt flavoring, hight fructose corn syrup, salt, vitamin c, niacinamide, iron, vitamin b6, vitamin b2, vitamin b1, vitamin a, folic acid, BHT (preservative), vitamin b12, vitamin d. Calories per serving (3/4 cup)- 110, Fat – 0g, Cholesterol – 0mg, Sodium – 140 mg, Potassium – 20mg, Carbohydrate – 27mg, Fiber – 1g, Sugars – 11g, Protein – 1g.
If I convert the sugars and carbs in the Frosted Flakes to a one cup measurement (to match the serving size of the corn flakes) we get Carbohydrate – 36 mg, Sugars – 14.6g.
So yeah, the Frosted Flakes have more of a sugar kick to them. But considering how I remember they taste, I would have thought it would be a lot higher. And basically, I wouldn’t call the corn flakes healthy, by any stretch of the imagination.
And now that I’ve bored you all to tears, does anyone know of a cold cereal, besides puffed rice, that is reasonably economical? Or a good source, online or otherwise, to get gluten-free cereal in bulk, where it might be a little cheaper per unit? Or am I dreaming?