Do you wonder, should we eat breakfast cereals?
I used to LOVE my “sugar bomb” breakfast cereals, and sadly, that's almost ALL we used to feed our oldest for breakfast when he was younger. I can hardly believe it now. What a recipe for illness! All the empty grains, sugars, artificial colors, flavors & preservatives, and who knows what else. I pray that what we're feeding him these days will make up for the many ways and the many years we didn't know any better…
Today I'll give you some things to chew on, and I'm hoping you'll comment below and let me know what you think.
To begin, jump over and read this by Sally Fallon (Weston A. Price Foundation President) in Nourished Magazine: Puffed Grains and Breakfast Cereals, should we eat them? Once you read that, you'll be up to date before I add more on the subject here. Also be sure to check out the comments (where I shared some thoughts).
Then come read the rest here for an e-mail exchange between Sally Fallon and myself.
I did end up e-mailing Sally with my question (as mentioned in the comments at the above link). Here is what I asked her:
“There are a couple Kashi cereals that we like and the only ones I have let my family eat these days – they are not soaked/fermented, but at least the ingredients are much better than typical breakfast cereals. When I called Kashi before I bought them, they said these cereals are NOT puffed or extruded, but baked, and the only cereals they sell that are extruded are ones that have little shapes. (They were very interested as to why I wanted to know, and said they'd had another call that week with the same question – I directed them to the Weston A. Price page, “Dirty secrets of the food processing industry“.) Yes, these Kashi cereals are still processed food that comes in a box, but I just wonder if they could at least be on the “compromise foods” list and not the “harmful foods” list?! Would you mind letting me know what you think?”
“So hard to say how to list them–they would not be good for someone with grain sensitivities. There is a great soaked and dried breakfast cereal recipe in Eat Fat Lose Fat. Best, Sally“
Since speaking to Kashi representatives on the phone and finding out that the following cereals are not puffed or extruded (and also checking the ingredient label for anything terrible) we do buy these Kashi cereals, but I don't let my kids eat them every morning, mostly due to the expense, AND there's not a lot of nutrition in there. (***Update: We no longer buy ANY of these as they are not GMO-free last I heard! Plus, buying one box of cereal only leads to the kids whining and complaining that I don't buy them all the time.)
How I wish they'd make a delicious, affordable, organic cereal with sprouted / fermented grains that is not puffed or extruded. I'm not asking for much! For now I just try to switch it up with some of these much healthier breakfast foods. ***Another update: I found some! Click here for sprouted breakfast cereal, but they aren't a big hit around here. 🙁
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