Bad news, cereal lovers: It’s about to get harder to start your day with a rich, comforting bowl of tartrazine.
Wait…you didn’t know you were enjoying tartrazine each morning? If you eat boxed cereal, you probably are. It’s a food dye, also known as Yellow #5, that’s been linked to concentration disorders in children, and it’s found in many brightly colored cereals, like Kellogg’s Froot Loops. And after years of Eat This, Not That! warning you about additives, Kellogg’s finally just announced that it was eliminating all artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, meaning you’ll soon have to go without your daily dose of Red #40, Blue #1 and other chemicals not found in nature.
The company is giving itself until 2018 to make the switch, but if you want to cut down on the contents of your morning chemistry set, and enjoy a metabolism boost in the meantime, there are plenty of options available right now. The food lab at Eat This, Not That! magazine has identified the best all-natural cereals in the supermarket. They may not have a cute cartoon character on the front or a prize at the bottom, but they will fuel your day right and help you reach your weight-loss goals—before noon!
Best All-Natural Weight-Loss Cereal #2
McCabe’s PB & Chocolate Granola
420 calories, 27 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 210 mg sodium, 12 g sugar, 15 g protein (per 3 oz)
Ditch the Reese’s Puffs in favor of McCabe’s PB & Chocolate Granola, a terrific substitute for a sugary cereal or a great sweet afternoon treat. They use semi-sweet chocolate to dial-down the carb overload, and, like the 18 Rabbits brand above, the oats are sweetened naturally with maple syrup rather than white sugar. If you’re watching your calories, enjoy a smaller 1 ounce portion for only 140 calories a bowl.
- Yahoo Health: 8 Best All-Natural Cereals for Weight Loss • link
- McCabe’s Granola Banana Muffins • link
- McCabe’s Granola Bread • link
- McCabe’s Parfait • link
- New owners make McCabe’s Granola available at Kroger, Whole Foods • link
- Granola Cereal Goes National • link
- Granola Cereal Grows in a Crunch • link