Monday, November 16, 2015

General Mills, the company that makes Cheerios, is being sued for false advertisement and misleading labeling. The issue has to do with the Protein Cheerios. Apparently the box claims it has 7 grams of protein per serving. Regular Cheerios only has 3 grams. But the serving size for Protein Cheerios is 55 grams while the serving size for regular cheerios is 28 grams, see the problem? The box claims it is a high protein variant of cheerios, but you are only getting more protein because you are eating twice as much per serving! Not only that, Protein Cheerios has a whopping 17 grams of sugar per serving. Compare that to normal cheerios with just 1 gram of sugar per serving.  To put it into perspective 4 grams of sugar is equal to about 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar. That means that a serving of this stuff has over 4 teaspoons of sugar dumped on! They should have called it 'Cheerios Sugar'.

Protein is very important for muscle recovery and lots of companies are trying to 'cash-in' on the protein craze. You should eat a good amount of protein, especially if you are active. Many experts suggest around 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight.   But you don't want that protein accompanied by a bunch of unnecessary sugar. The point to all this is make sure you read your nutritional labels carefully. Just because it says 'protein' on it does not mean it's healthy.

And just because it's vegan doesn't make it healthy either.

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