THE CEREAL EXPERIMENT

One member of the Maison Cool team, has NCGS (Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity) and if you think you may have it you can read up, https://www.coeliac.org.uk/information-and-support/coeliac-disease/about-coeliac-disease/gluten-sensitivity/

He wants to lower his carb intake, because it’s cereals and beer, which puts him over the 130g of carbohydrates per day (the upper limit of low carb) some days.

To make it more interesting, we’re kicking off with random gluten-free cereals from foreign parts, namely Cheerios and Weet-Bix, from USA and Australia, respectively.

Cheerios are made by General Mills of Minnesota, a sponsor of the Celiac Disease Foundation. The Large Box is 12 oz/340g and contains 8 x 1.5 cup servings. Cheerios are endorsed by the American Heart Association as being ‘heart healthy’. Cheerios are described as toasted whole grain oat cereal and gluten free with no artificial colors or flavors. Though there’s no information on the General Mills website stating that Cheerios contain GMOs, on the box itself, in tiny letters, there is a statement to the effect that Cheerios may contain GMOs from cross-contamination. The top three ingredients are whole grain oats, corn starch (cornflour) and sugar, followed by salt and a bunch of chemicals, which are likely to be synthetic vitamins, fortifying the cereal.

A 1.5 cup serving of Cheerios, contains:

2.5g of fat, (of which 0.5g is saturated fat) – 3% of Daily Value of fat
5g protein
4g fibre
29g carbohydrates (of which 2g is added sugar)
140 calories
34g whole grains
190mg sodium – 8% of Daily Value
2mcg Vitamin D – 10%
130mg Calcium – 10%
12.6mg Iron – 70&
250mg Potassium – 6%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 10%
Thiamin 20%
Niacin 10%
Vitamin B6 20%
45mcg Folic acid – 20%
Vitamin B12 20%
Phosphorus 10%
Magnesium 10%
Zinc 20%
Where percentages are given, without a measurement that’s percentage of daily requirement, without specifying how much per serving or the daily requirement.


On to Weet-Bix, the Australian version of Weetabix. Gluten-free Weet-Bix are made by Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company, in a certified gluten-free factory in Australia, using 99% Australian ingredients. These gluten-free Weet-Bix carry the logos of Informed Gluten Free (BRCGS) and Coeliac Australia & NZ. They also have a 4.5 out of 5 Health Star rating from the Australian government’s Health Star scheme. The 375g box contains 12 biscuits ie 6 servings. The gluten-free version of Weet-Bix is made with Australian-grown red sorghum, an ancient grain, which is gluten-free, naturally. Weet-Bix is 96% whole grain with the top three ingredients being sorghum, golden syrup and vitamins.

1 serving (2 biscuits) contains:

1.1g fat
3.7g protein
2.0g fiber
20.9g carbs (of which 0.7g is sugar)
113 calories
96% whole grain
70mg Sodium
92mg Potassium
0.55mg Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
2.5mg Niacin (Vitamin B3)
0.43mg Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
80ug Folate (Folic acid) 40% of daily requirement
32mg Magnesium 10% of daily requirement.

First comparison are that Cheerios have more protein and fibre than Weet-Bix, but also more fat and sugar. Weet-Bix have nearly 9 grams fewer carbs and pretty much 99% less sugar than Cheerios, as well as at least 50% less sodium.

Thursday 20th August 2020, first taste test.

Pictured in the bowl are 1.5 cups of Cheerios with 1 cup Riverford fresh whole pasteuised unhomogenised organic milk. The suggested half cup of milk on the Cheerios box, wasn’t deemed enough milk.

Verdict: ” Not bad at all ” as they were scoffed in double-quick time.

Costs:
General Mills Original Cheerios 340g £11.45 (£1.43 per serving) from Amazon UK
Riverford Organic Whole Milk 1 litre £1.20 from Riverford




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