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(The Consumerist)   Special K Chocolate Delight has more calories than Cocoa Puffs   (consumerist.com) divider line 125
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2012-05-15 06:44:18 PM

Galileo's Daughter: BizarreMan: Anybody who is eating "healthy" pre-packaged foods is an idiot if they don't read the labels.
So much this.


I'll even go as far to say that "Healthy" and "pre-packaged" don't go together.

Now I'm not a food extremist. There are twinkies in my house and I have no qualms eating them. But I try to follow Pollan's advice and shop the edges of the market. Most markets are set up the same. You first hit the fruit & veg. (It gets you thinking,"This is a fresh shop, I'll do well here.")

Then you hit the meats and dairy along the back wall. Then the frozen section which has healthy foods if you choose well.) You try to avoid the aisles in the center which are full of the pre-packaged foods.

Of course to eat well you will have to do real cooking. Not just re-heating and following package instructions. But that can be fun if you do it right.
 
2012-05-15 06:44:19 PM

jennyz: Ordinary Genius: It tastes better, too.

The hell it does. Those little chocolate chunks have the texture of candle wax.


Yes, delicious candle wax. Besides, eating coco puffs is like eating cap 'n crunch. When you're finished, you have no skin on the roof of your mouth.
 
2012-05-15 06:46:11 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Today I had a Sunshine Skillet from Bob Evans for breakfast. An open faced omelette topped with skillet potatoes, sausage, gravy, cheese, and biscuit crumbles. No clue how many calories.


About 1100ish. A nice dose of fat too.
 
2012-05-15 06:47:04 PM
this is helpful because the back of the box is just a recipe for hummus
 
2012-05-15 06:47:24 PM

Ordinary Genius: jennyz: Ordinary Genius: It tastes better, too.

The hell it does. Those little chocolate chunks have the texture of candle wax.

Yes, delicious candle wax. Besides, eating coco puffs is like eating cap 'n crunch. When you're finished, you have no skin on the roof of your mouth.


Isn't that the point?
 
2012-05-15 06:47:56 PM
subby: "Chocolate"
actual product: "Chocolatey"

"Chocolatey" is code for "does not contain chocolate."
 
2012-05-15 06:50:47 PM

thornhill: KimNorth: thornhill: As I say in all of these threads on cereal: switch to oatmeal. Fewer calories and dirt cheap.

But to be able to stomach it I need to add a pound of sugar.

Have you tried steel cut with soaking overnight? It's much creamier and more easily adsorbs any flavoring you add.


I'll give it a go and see how I like it.
Thanks
 
2012-05-15 06:55:16 PM
Nearly all boxed cereals are rubbish.
 
2012-05-15 06:56:52 PM
And a Chipotle burrito vastly overpowers everything at Taco Bell. So what? Eat food*, mostly plants, not too much.

* - If it had more than 10 steps in preparing it, it probably isn't food
 
2012-05-15 06:57:08 PM
Juat came in to find out how a comparison showing a denser cereal to another one consisting mostly of air is somehow ironic.

/ leaving dissapointed
// not really
/// just being an ass
 
2012-05-15 06:57:57 PM
Does Kellogg's make anything remotely healthy (not counting Kashi--as they own them now)? Just about all their cereals are sugar-coco-coated flakes with chocolate sugar chunks.
 
2012-05-15 06:58:40 PM

BizarreMan: Anybody who is eating "healthy" pre-packaged foods is an idiot if they don't read the labels.


But my Stouffers party size vegetable lasagna is made with real cheese! No preservatives! NO PRESERVATIVES I SAY!!!
 
2012-05-15 07:01:30 PM
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I go caca for cucu Puffs.


/can't believe I'm the first
 
2012-05-15 07:06:57 PM

The_Philosopher_King: But that can be fun if you do it right.


This this this.

I asked for the Flavor Bible for Father's Day. That or Diablo III, but I think I'll have more fun longer term with the book.
 
2012-05-15 07:07:54 PM
So?

Calorie count =/= healthfulness
 
2012-05-15 07:09:19 PM
As someone who just started the South Beach Diet yesterday, I miss my farking Special K Chocolatey Delight cereal!

/and my Chobani Greek yogurt, and fruit - God I miss my fruit!
//these 2 weeks can't end soon enough!
 
2012-05-15 07:15:21 PM

iollow: I think I eat about 2 cups of cereal, so that plus the milk is probably around 300-400 calories, which is reasonable for a 2k calorie average per day.


While we're sharing unscientific anecdotes, I eat less than a cup of cereal every morning with less than a cup of milk and that's all I eat for breakfast, so the labeling is pretty accurate for me.

Everyone's different and that's why serving sizes won't always make perfect sense for everyone. The trick is to take that standardized amount and use it to calculate what you will actually eat on average. This does require some very basic math skills though, so I guess I can see how many Americans wouldn't necessarily get it.
 
2012-05-15 07:22:00 PM

Fark Me Runnin: subby: "Chocolate"
actual product: "Chocolatey"

"Chocolatey" is code for "does not contain chocolate."


Yeah, it's a "truthy" description.
 
2012-05-15 07:23:03 PM

meat0918: I'm not caring as much about calorie content, but rather how well the cereal fills you up. The serving size might say 3/4 cup, but if 1/2 cup fills you, well, you'll save money as well as calories.


Even 3/4 of a cup is a cruel joke. It's pretty much half a serving, unless my goal is to be extremely hungry within an hour. Cereal was a bad idea in the first place and should be abandoned.
 
2012-05-15 07:30:09 PM

jennyz: Ordinary Genius: It tastes better, too.

The hell it does. Those little chocolate chunks have the texture of candle wax.


Thats because they probably are.


iollow: vodka: Just the idea of chocolate for breakfast gives me a migraine.

If it makes you feel any better, it may not actually be chocolate.


Its definitly not.

Special K Chocolatey Delight, not chocolate, chocolatey. Doesnt seem like much, but theres a legal distinction of what can be called "chocolate".

Just looked it up, no wax like the REALLY cheap crap, but still...

chocolatey chunks (sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, cocoa processed with alkali, cocoa, soy lecithin, artificial flavor, milk)

No cocoa butter, not technically chocolate.
 
2012-05-15 07:37:23 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Today I had a Sunshine Skillet from Bob Evans for breakfast. An open faced omelette topped with skillet potatoes, sausage, gravy, cheese, and biscuit crumbles. No clue how many calories.


probably about 1000, depending on if you had toast or not...
 
2012-05-15 07:40:08 PM
I'm pretty sure this says more about the low quality of Cocoa Puffs than it does anything about Special K.
 
2012-05-15 07:46:04 PM

Fark Me Runnin: subby: "Chocolate"
actual product: "Chocolatey"

"Chocolatey" is code for "does not contain chocolate."


i.imgur.com

/ appropriate
 
2012-05-15 08:07:30 PM
Raisin Bran has more sugar than all of the other bagged Malt-o-Meal cereals, including the one that reminds me of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs. (chocolate puffs with marshmallows)

/likes Kix
//with a banana
 
2012-05-15 08:15:54 PM
If your food comes from any of the center aisles in the grocery store, with the exception of whole wheat breads and that sort of thing, you should reasonably be able to expect that you're getting junk.
 
2012-05-15 08:18:35 PM

MBZ321: Does Kellogg's make anything remotely healthy (not counting Kashi--as they own them now)? Just about all their cereals are sugar-coco-coated flakes with chocolate sugar chunks.


They still make good old fashioned corn flakes, goober.
 
2012-05-15 08:23:48 PM

divgradcurl: may i also suggest cracklin' oatbran


This man knows what he is talking about.

/that shiat rocks
 
2012-05-15 08:23:57 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: If your food comes from any of the center aisles in the grocery store, with the exception of whole wheat breads and that sort of thing, you should reasonably be able to expect that you're getting junk.


I don't know. Some of the Fancy Feast Medleys aren't too bad.
 
2012-05-15 08:26:22 PM
What are the fiber numbers?
The protein numbers?
These matter too.
BUT
I agree with an above poster; if you are relying on processed foods for your dietary improvements, you lose before you even start.
 
2012-05-15 08:29:23 PM

KimNorth: thornhill: KimNorth: thornhill: As I say in all of these threads on cereal: switch to oatmeal. Fewer calories and dirt cheap.

But to be able to stomach it I need to add a pound of sugar.

Have you tried steel cut with soaking overnight? It's much creamier and more easily adsorbs any flavoring you add.

I'll give it a go and see how I like it.
Thanks


It's awesome with blueberries. Dried or fresh. I like frozen once in a while but you better really like blueberry.

I also like Cream of Wheat for a quick meal in the mornings. I do make it with milk, though.
 
2012-05-15 08:32:07 PM

meat0918: The_Philosopher_King: But that can be fun if you do it right.

This this this.

I asked for the Flavor Bible for Father's Day. That or Diablo III, but I think I'll have more fun longer term with the book.


That, plus the book won't say "error 37" on every page and make you wait 12 hours before you can read it.
 
2012-05-15 08:36:21 PM

Ed Finnerty: The My Little Pony Killer: If your food comes from any of the center aisles in the grocery store, with the exception of whole wheat breads and that sort of thing, you should reasonably be able to expect that you're getting junk.

I don't know. Some of the Fancy Feast Medleys aren't too bad.


I said there were exceptions to that rule!

/mmm, primavera
 
2012-05-15 08:37:59 PM
The last time I went on a "diet" I would start my morning with a mild run of 20-45 min depending on how I felt. Then when for breakfast I would scramble up two eggs and put it on a thin slice of toast. I would also drink a small glass of whole milk. That would keep me very full until lunch or longer.

On a side note....Its kinda funny but when I switched from skim to whole milk (after my daughter turned 1) I dropped 10lbs in about six months and I made no lifestyle change. I drank maybe half the amount of whole milk that I was used to drinking and those calories added up quick since I drink a lot milk...just another reminder that this war on fats is kinda misguided.
 
2012-05-15 08:39:28 PM
My favorite cereal used to be Raisin Nut Bran, until they atarted skimping on the nut-covered raisins.

I also used to love Trix, until they made everything in funny shapes and the lemon pieces stopped tasting like lemons.

I absolutely detest Captain Crunch. It cuts you mouth when dry, turns to mush in milk, and tastes too damn sweet.

/Off to yell at clouds. .
 
2012-05-15 08:59:22 PM

ecl: Consumerist should stop getting greened. It just makes the entire site seem low grade.


I'm sure Fark isn't bringing down consumerists reputation too much but your concern is appreciated.
 
2012-05-15 09:01:19 PM

umad: divgradcurl: may i also suggest cracklin' oatbran

This man knows what he is talking about.

/that shiat rocks


That cereal is delicious. It also has a lot of saturated fat, which is weird in a cereal, so I rarely ever eat it.

Grape-Nuts is wonderful, though. And Cream of Wheat for a hot cereal...
 
2012-05-15 09:03:43 PM
I am angry that Special K is marketed specifically. to women.
 
2012-05-15 09:04:22 PM
I used to like Kix for what Kix has got.

Sadly, my Mom only liked Kix for what it had not.
 
2012-05-15 09:11:20 PM

thornhill: KimNorth: thornhill: As I say in all of these threads on cereal: switch to oatmeal. Fewer calories and dirt cheap.

But to be able to stomach it I need to add a pound of sugar.

Have you tried steel cut with soaking overnight? It's much creamier and more easily adsorbs any flavoring you add.


I'll do Bob's Red Mill 7Grain cereal for that. Quite tasty. I usually put in milk and honey, or a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon. Dried fruit is also great in it.

/Need to lose weight.
//Again.
 
2012-05-15 09:18:18 PM
is this the line for registering my lack of any caring at all?
 
2012-05-15 09:29:35 PM

meat0918: Interceptor1: Ever read a yogurt label? Loaded with sugar and calories. I give up. I'm going back to a bag of chips and a soda for breakfast. At least they don't pretend to be healthy.

Depends on the yogurt. I was amazed how hard it was to find yogurt that didn't have corn starch as a filler.

Same with sour cream.

Why is it so damn hard to find cultured milk products that aren't full of extra crap besides the milk and the culture used to make it?

I get Zoi Whole Milk yogurt though. I'd rather get the extra calories from the animal fat than the refined sugars and starches.


What I don't understand is how hard it is to pick a yoghurt because every single one is either "low fat", "light" or "fat free". Okay, so the fat free is obviously not original recipe, but there is no way for me to decide between the other two based just on the front. Every time I have to go to the nutrition label to translate what low fat and light mean, which just seems stupid.
 
2012-05-15 09:41:51 PM
biggest thing with cereal is that it is vitamin fortified for the most part.

ultimate late-night snack for me. although the serving sizes are laughable
 
2012-05-15 09:45:26 PM

MBZ321: Does Kellogg's make anything remotely healthy (not counting Kashi--as they own them now)? Just about all their cereals are sugar-coco-coated flakes with chocolate sugar chunks.


Actually they make pretty much the healthiest cereal out there for people on low-carb diets. The trick is to get the Special K Protein Plus cereal.

3/4 cup gets you:

100 cal
3g fat (~.5 sat, ~1.5 poly-unsaturated, ~.5 mono-unsaturated)
14g carbs (9 net)
5g fiber
2g sugar
10g protein

It has a little bit of HFCS, which I could do without, but otherwise I'm good with it.
 
2012-05-15 10:17:10 PM
www.polyvore.com

My favorite breakfast cereal. There is no other in my eyes.

/image is opposite of cold
 
2012-05-15 10:21:25 PM
I do the Vanilla Almond special K. Much tastier and fewer calories with the nuts for added protein.

/I realize no one cares
 
2012-05-15 10:26:52 PM

Interceptor1: Ever read a yogurt label?


Yogurt is ridiculously easy to make yourself. Quit being lazy and just whip up a batch yourself using a little pre-packaged yogurt as your starter culture and some fruit if you wanna go crazy.
 
2012-05-15 10:28:19 PM

MBZ321: Does Kellogg's make anything remotely healthy (not counting Kashi--as they own them now)? Just about all their cereals are sugar-coco-coated flakes with chocolate sugar chunks.


Special K Fruit and Yogurt is a favorite of mine, though the "fruit" moniker means there's probably frozen apples in it.
 
2012-05-15 10:28:59 PM

ecl: Consumerist should stop getting greened. It just makes the entire site seem low grade.


what? no. so hilarious
 
2012-05-15 10:41:40 PM
wow, the main ingredients are basically the same and they're both sweetened, and somehow they have similar calorie counts? that's unpossible!
 
2012-05-15 10:42:09 PM

The Shatner Incident: [www.polyvore.com image 300x300]

My favorite breakfast cereal. There is no other in my eyes.

/image is opposite of cold


And I am sure old C.W. Post is fielding a whole bunch of banana nuts right now!
 
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