Kashi vs Nature's Path - Kashi Downfall
Kashi products from Kellogg have been my mainstay for many years, especially my favorite Kashi Truly Vanilla semi-oatmeal. The products have been favorites for good health for many consumers for years and recommended by my physician. Imagine my surprise when I learned most Kashi products are GMO (genetically modified organism) with all those additives that experts and some consumers question. I ate the oatmeal for breakfast for all those years, mostly because the oatmeal had flax and 9 grams of fiber. The one drawback is that the flax did not dissolve completely, a factor which is not good for digestion.
I called the company to find out more information, after I also learned a class action lawsuit was filed against them for false advertising. This helped to contribute to Kashi's gradual loss of customer loyalty.
I soon began to eat a non-GMO organic product, also an oatmeal, from Nature’s Path and this selection provides a review of the two products.
Kashi Truly Vanilla Cereal
The Kashi representative discussed GMO and the cereal with me, informing me that the FDA has approved them. He explained that the purpose of these products is to produce more food for the public and to cut back on the pesticide damage. As a result, no one actually knows what these genetically modified products will do to our bodies over the long term. The GMO products are corn, wheat, soy, beet sugar, canola and cotton seed. He told me has no knowledge of the result of the lawsuit, but I learned Kashi paid fines for labeling them as natural products and lost the lawsuit.
Amazon reviewers rated this cereal highly except for a few complaints about the bland taste and one complaint about GMO.
I interviewed a nutritionist who stated that GMO products are approved by the FDA, and she feels they are completely safe to eat. Other experts disagree, so there are pros and cons to using these products. Eighty percent of foods in United States are GMO and do not require labeling as such, while sixty four other countries require labeling of GMO products. The United States seems to give in to the biotech companies, which does not help consumers differentiate among products.
New England Grocery Store Rattles Kashi
An interesting controversy happened in a New England Grocery Store. The grocer removed Kashi from the shelves, posting a sign that “100% of the soy is GMO and that USDA testing showed pesticides that are known carcinogens and hormone disruptors”. Word spread like wildfire, and Kashi has since converted some of its products to non-GMO, but not the cereal in this article. This action helped to contribute to the downfall of Kashi products.
Downfall of Kashi
In an article on September 1, 2015, the Wall Street Journal reiterates the downfall of Kashi and efforts to revive it. Kellogg, the parent company, is disappointed in its performance. The company hopes to remove GMO from all products as quickly as possible. Sales plummeted, especially after the grocer in New England exposed them, and the information went viral. Once the darling of health food consumers, the company has disillusioned many loyal customers whom they may never win back after the fiasco.
Nature's Path Blueberry
Fat 2 gm
Fat 2.5 gm
Saturated Fat 0 gm
Saturated Fat 0 gm
Trans Fat 0 gm
Trans Fat 0 gm
Potassium 260 gm
Potassium 125 mg
Carbohydrate 24 gm
Carbohydrate 30 gm
Sugar 6 gm
Sugar 8 gm
Protein 9 gm
Protein 5 gm
Fiber 7 gm
Fiber 3 gm
Sodium 110 gm
Sodium 120 mg
Nature's Path Oatmeal
Nature’s Path has a variety of oatmeal that is marketed non-GMO and Organic. The fiber count is 4 to 5 grams, not as high as the Kashi oatmeal I ate. Some consumers did not like the sugar content and prefer to add their own ingredients. The best flavor, in my opinion, is the blueberry cinnamon tasty oatmeal. I do like the oatmeal, and will continue to purchase it. These cereals are found in Whole Foods Stores and many regular markets that carry some organic products. They may cost a little more, but some consumers may find it worthwhile to invest in this product and other similar foods. This is highly dependent upon consumers’ concern or lack of concern over GMO products, whose verdict may not be known for a long time.
Amazon reviewers rated the cereal highly except for the very few complaining about the sugar. An Organic Consumers" Association has abundant information and will enlighten you about organic products. Articles also available consist of information about the advantages of GMO products. See references at end of article.
Some people do not know what GMO products are and may not care. However, others want to ensure their bodies ingest the healthiest possible ingredients and remain suspicious of altered food. Kashi, it appears, has been deceptive in taunting itself as a healthy product for years. People keep believing it, as long as they do not learn otherwise. Eighty percent of products are genetically modified, so everyone is ingesting the GMO products. The label said natural food. I ate the truly vanilla cereal for years, and do not like deceptive practices, resulting in lawsuits. For those who do not care, Kashi is a good product, and the cereal is loaded with fiber. Actual proof does not exist of a risk to health of GMO foods.
On the other side, the Nature’s Path products, among them the blueberry oatmeal, taste good and are organic and non-GMO. Both products are similar in nutrients. Most of the Nature’s Path cereal contain less fiber, If you want more fiber, you can add your own ingredients, such as berries and flax, as you can to any cereal. You must look for this product, as all stores do not carry it. In Oklahoma City, Whole Foods carries it, WalMart, Amazon and Crest, a locally owned market. You can look it up on the Internet or call to learn what stores in your area stock the supply. It is a plus for the Internet in that you can usually learn what stores carry the products you use.
Oatmeal cereal is good for you, and the Kashi cereal is also similar to oatmeal, so no matter what decision you make, enjoy the freedom to make a choice and have a great breakfast.
- Kashi Cereal in Hot Water Over Genetically Modified Controversy
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- WHO | Frequently asked questions on genetically modified foods
These questions and answers have been prepared by WHO in response to questions and concerns from WHO Member State Governments with regard to the nature and safety of genetically modified food.
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