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Cereal Killer

Updated on December 20, 2012

Kids love all different kinds of cereal. As Tony the Tiger says, "They're ……GR-R-E-A-T!!

When I was a child, my favorite cereal was Count Chocula. I used to love how my cereal was still so crunchy even though it was swimming in milk. Crunch, crunch, I loved the sound, texture and sweetness. I looked forward and anticipated the chocolatey sweet milk that awaited me once I was finished eating my crunchy goodness.

Most kids are, " coo-coo for cocoa puffs," and who doesn't love the snap, crackle, pop of Rice Krispies?


For many of us, memories of our childhood cereals we loved so much are still vivid in our minds.

But the innocence of youth is over and we need to face the truth.

Cereal, any cereal, whether it's high in sugar, low in sugar, natural or organic, all fall into the same category: toxic.

It may surprise you to know that the most toxic of cereals are the ones highest in protein, chock full of vitamins and iron fortified.

I just want to try them one time,
I just want to try them one time,

Silly Rabbit, Trix Make You Sick

Any type of cereal made in a factory that is shaped into O's, flakes, puffs, shreds (like shredded wheat) and whatever shape those non-marshmallowy bits are in Lucky Charms all get that way by passing through a machine called an extruder.

First, the grains are blended into a slurry then put into the extruder and forced with great pressure and high heat through little tubes which give the cereal bits their shape. Once cut by a blade they are carried through a stream of hot air to remove excess moisture. After drying out, the cereal is sprayed with oil and sugar, which sweetens the cereal an gives it crunch, the kind of crunch that doesn't get soggy in milk.

The high heat and pressure from the extrusion process kills any nutrients the grain may have had. The high pressure actually bends the protein molecules out of their proper shapes.

Organelles which encase proteins called "zines" deteriorate from the volatile extrusion process. The proteins are then scattered and free to synthesize with other foreign substances. New toxic compounds are formed which renders the cereal toxic. This may cause damage to the nervous system, which may promote or contribute to Attention Deficit Syndrome.


If you are going to read any part of this post, please read this next part.



The Rat Studies

Paul Stitt a food scientist for Quaker company in 1972 states in his boo, Beating The Food Giants, how horrified he was when he came across unpublished rat studies.

The first group of rats was given whole wheat and a solution of water, synthetic vitamins and minerals.

The second group of rats was given puffed rice and the same nutritional soution of vitamins and minerals.

The third group of rats was given only water.

The fourth set of rates was given water and the same nutritional solution of water and minerals.

The results were: The rats who received the whole wheat diet lived for one year. The ones given only water and nutritional solution lived for two months. The rats that live on nothing but water lived one month. The rats that were given puffed rice lived only two weeks.

An autopsy later revealed that the rats didn't die of malnutrion but dysfunction of the pancreas, liver and kidneys, plus nerve damage of the spine.

In another study, Stitt reports that rats were separated into three groups. One group was given corn flakes and water; another group was given the cardboard box the cornflakes came in and water, and another group was given rat chow and water.

The group of rats eating corn flakes were the first to die; the second to die were the cardboard eating rats; the rats eating rat chow remained healthy.

You can read all this and more in Stitt's book, Beating the Food Giants.


Are you telling me there is metal in my cereal!
Are you telling me there is metal in my cereal!

The Cold Reality of "The Breakfast of Champions"

Iron fortified cereal?

Would you like a bowl of nails for breakfast, or perhaps a healthy sprinkling of metal shavings on your cereal?

When a breakfast cereal claims iron fortification, believe it, there really is iron in it.

Iron fortified cereals actually have iron shavings in them.

A safe way to get iron in our diets is by getting bioavailable iron from iron-rich vegetables like spinach.

If you need more than food will provide the safest supplemental form is feosol carbonyl iron.

Ferrous sulfate iron can be toxic and should be avoided.

As if extruding our cereal and coating them with sugar and dye and synthetic vitamins isn't bad enough, metal shavings has become part of the ingredient list.

What else can cereal producers do to make it worse?

Iron fortified cereals may not be good to eat, but they certainly can be a fun science experiment to do with the kids. See the video below and have fun.

The video below is a great science experiment and proof that there actually is iron shavings in some cereals.




Great Home-Made Cereal Recipe

You don't have to stop eating cereal. Below is a tasty and healthy cereal recipe made with spelt berries and clabbered milk (butter milk) It is one that my family loves.


Cold Breakfast Cereal

6 cups flour
3 cups plain buttermilk, or clabbered milk

3/4 cup coconut or palm oil

1 cup Grade B maple syrup or honey
1 Tsp sea salt
2 Tsp baking soda
1 Tsp vanilla extract
1 Tsp maple flavoring
1 TBL ground cinnamon

Mix these ingredients well Pour into 2 – 9X13 pans and bake at 350F for about 30 minutes bake.

Once cooled crumble the coffee cake into small pieces (I like to use my food processor for this) and dehydrate on cookie sheets. You can use a dehydrator for this, which I prefer, or the oven at a low temperature setting.

Dehydrator is great for crisping cereal.


Dehydrating is a great tool to have in the kitchen. Mine is used nearly every day. I love the way it crisps the home-made cereal (you now have the recipe to.)

Dehydrating preserves all the nourishment by air drying but leaves foods in their raw sate You can make cereal, crackers, fruit roll ups, breads, veggie burgers, crepes, jerky and much more.

Vitamix is great for milling flour.

Flour can lose up to 40% of its vitamin content in the first 24 hours after milling and 85-90% after 2-3 more days. That's why it is best to mill it yourself.

The vitamix is powerful, and extremely durable. It is excellent for milling flour, making homemade dips, soups, sauces, appetizers, salsas, dressings, desserts, beverages, smoothies, sorbets, ice cream--the options are endless.

Spelt flour

Wheat today is not what it used to be. It is a hybrid version of of the nutritious wheat of 40 years ago. I will have much more to say about wheat in future posts. For now, let me say that eating wheat is like eating sugar. Two slices of whole wheat escalates your blood sugar levels higher than some candy bars.

Spelt is a great alternative to wheat, dating back more that 9,000 years. Spelt has a delicious flavor similar to wheat but different in that all the nutrients remain and are readily abosbed into our body.

Cereal Facts

Americans consume about 10lbs or 160 bowls of cereal, per person, per year.

In 1993, move than 1.3 million advertisements for cereal aired on American television

According to EWG (Environmental Working Group) Kellogg's, Honey Smacks, Post Golden Crisp and General Mill, Wheaties contain more sugar per serving by weight than a twinkle

Karshi cereal is 100% GMO

Who here knows the answers?
Who here knows the answers?

Cereal Trivia:

What is Cap'n Crunch's real name?

What are the 5 General Mills cereals that feature monsters on their boxes?

What are the ten most frequently marketed cereals to children?

Who was the fourth member of the Snap, Crackle and Pop gang?

Who were the top contenders that Tony the Tiger beat for spokesperson of Kellogg's Corn Flakes?

Did the Trix Rabbit ever get the cereal?

If you know any of the answers to the above trivia questions or have additional cereal trivia or facts to share, please let us know in the comment section below.

Ms. Immortal

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    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Express10,

      You are lucky you never liked cereal there are much healthier things to eat for breakfast as you know.

      If this posts helps even one person I will be happy, but hope to help more than just one :o)

      Yesterday in the organic section of the grocery store I noticed rows and rows of cereal all boasting organic, natural and health. What really got to me were the boxes of Kashi cereal being sold; 100% GMO you couldn't give that to me for free.

    • Express10 profile image

      H C Palting 

      5 years ago from East Coast

      I have disliked cereal since I was a kid. Having an understanding of the problems with rice, today's wheat, sugar, etc., I typically don't eat cereal. If this means I sit down to something more like dinner or lunch at breakfast, so be it. To be honest, I've never felt I was missing out on anything. This is great information that you have presented in a very interesting manner. I hope it helps spurs some to drop the cereal habit for their own sake.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      whonunuwho,

      Thanks for you comment.

      Good for you, oatmeal is much better!

    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 

      5 years ago from United States

      Thank you for this vital information. Wish I had it years ago and glad I was raised on oatmeal.whonu

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      mary,

      Thanks for the comment, vote and share it is so appreciated!

      Sorry, I think it's a safe bet your shredded wheat isn't so healthy. If you make the cereal or find another great cereal recipe let us know!

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Well, I have to admit, I love my shredded wheat! Wonder how toxic that cereal is???? This is a very informative Hub. Never would have thought about making my own cereal!

      I voted this UP, etc. and will share.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      freecampingaussie,

      Yeah , I loved my Count Chocula too, well we can always make our own cereal and add organic chocolate chips! Yum.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Sunshine625,

      Thanks for your comment Sunshine. Yes, I wish we could take down the cereal companies for selling us and our children poison. Be careful of the cereals that claim they are healthy if they are extruded their toxic.

    • freecampingaussie profile image

      freecampingaussie 

      5 years ago from Southern Spain

      What an interesting hubs especially about the test on rats . We grew up on cornflakes,rice bubbles etc but I have gone off it the last few years . Voted you up .

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I bet the cereal companies aren't going to appreciate this hub as much as your readers do! Well done! I was a Frosted Flakes fanatic many years ago until I switched over to the healthier types. When I walk through the cereal aisle I just shake my head at all the crap that's being eaten by kids. Way to go in gettting the word out.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Docmo,

      Thank you so much for the comment. I'm glad you liked my hub and happy to meet you.

    • Docmo profile image

      Mohan Kumar 

      5 years ago from UK

      A (ce)real eye opener! Thanks Cathy for your exhaustive info on cereals and how they lose their natural nutrients in the commercial production process... great hub!

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Nell,

      Crazy stuff isn't it! Thanks for the vote up and I hope you try the cereal recipe, It tastes like grape nuts to me.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Well I watched the whole 7 mins of the video and I was gobsmacked! I know they say they put iron in it, but that's just ridiculous! love your healthy options though! and from now on I will be careful what I buy! Wow! voted up! nell

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Jennifer,

      Wow, thanks for your awesome compliment. I hope to continue to producing posts that are up to you standards.

      I'm glad you like the cereal, it's one of my favorites.

    • Jennifer Mandel profile image

      Jennifer Mandel 

      5 years ago from Bridgewater, New Jersey

      More amazing information. You just keep them coming, each one exceptional.

      By the way, the cereal is delcious!

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Epi,

      I always appreciate you comments, and such compliments :o)

      I am glad you are not eating extruded cereal. I hope you don't mind me saying, a healthier alternative to you morning oatmeal would be steel cut oatmeal.

      Thanks

    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      ...well you certainly write like a world class investigative journalist and this is a real eye-opener for me - which is the whole point I suppose - someone of your expertise and product knowledge is educating us - and I sincerely thank you for this. Ironically I am writing this to you at breakfast time but my cereal of choice (lately) has been Quaker instant oatmeal -maple and brown sugar flavor with some nice peaches or mandarin oranges on top.

      Sending you warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 9:08am and you will always be 'immortal' in my book

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Mama Kim,

      If I come acroos anything, I'll let your know as well.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Thank you! I'll have to do a search for recipes ^_^

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Mama Kim.

      Thanks for commenting. There are lots of home made cereal recipes on the web. The cereal on my post is a bit like gape nuts . I also have made cereal from soaking and dehydrating buckwheat grouts. They are delicious with fresh or dried fruit and nuts. Your children may enjoy it.

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      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      I've never thought to make my own cereal! My kids adore cheerios... I guess I ought to learn how to make it myself now ^_^ voting up and useful

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      xstatic,

      Yes, I just read how much you like strawberries on your wheaties. Just for an instant, I thought I would tell you not to eat wheaties. But then I thought better of it :o)

      You are adding very healthy things to your wheaties so you are getting health benefits as well.

      If you like grape nuts, not everyone does, you will like the cereal recipe I have on Cereal Killer.

    • xstatic profile image

      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I have never been a fan of those heavily sugared or pre-sweetened in any form cereal. But, I have been a five day a week cereal eater for life. That has been quite while, see photo lol. Wheaties always was a favorite, as is plain old bite-size shredded wheat with a little brown sugar, maybe some fruit, and I make my own unsweetened muesli as a topping, along with some local plain organic yogurt. So far so good, no prescriptions needed yet.

      Good info here about cereal in general. Up!

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      billybuc,

      Thank you for the compliment. I am so very happy to be your new friend. Looking forward to your next visit :o)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, great hub, and look at the followers you have....some of my favorite people are here. Well, I'm here now, and will be again. Great article my new friend!

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Eiddwen, thank you for the compliment and I am glad you liked it.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and thank you so much for sharing .

      Have a great day..

      Eddy.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      barbergirl,

      Thanks for commenting. Yes, I agree, if we eat the cereal box the cereal came in we will live longer according to that study. I hope you try the cereal recipe, that is just one of many out there.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      barbergirl,

      Thanks for commenting. Yes, I agree, if we eat the cereal box the cereal came in we will live longer according to that study. I hope you try the cereal recipe, that is just one of many out there.

    • barbergirl28 profile image

      Stacy Harris 

      5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I haven't eaten cereal in a long long time... however, I do feed it to my kids and frankly the rat study is downright distrubing. Yikes!

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      rcrumple,

      Thanks for commenting, I am happy you liked it and glad to know you don't eat cereal. One less person to have to worry about :o)

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      Rich 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Thank God I seldom eat breakfast. The most important meal of the day just became one of the deadliest. Great info. The video was very convincing, as well the rat study. Just think of all the kids eating those Rice Krispies treats! Great job! Up & Useful & Interesting!

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      healthylife,

      Thanks for your vote and comment. Glad to have helped and I hope you enjoy the cereal recipe.

      I like to add organic strawberries to my cereal, yum.

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      Healthy Life 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      My favorite as a kid was Lucky Charms(candy with some vitamins dumped in)! Thanks for the great hub explaining how unhealthy popular breakfast cereals really are. Making your own breakfast cereal is a great healthier alternative that I never even considered. Voted up!

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Yes, and the metal shavings experiment is fun to do with kids also. Thanks for commenting and enjoy!

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      JP Carlos 

      5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      WOW home made cerals. This can be a great activity with the kids.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      You are welcome, enjoy.

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      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Thanks for the tip Cathy. I think I would prefer it small too.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Thanks Linda, I'm glad you liked my post.

      The cereal is delicious. Instead of crumpling it by hand after it is baked as the the Healthy Home Economist does, I put the baked cereal in the food proccessor. This makes the cereal nuggets nice and small, which I prefer.

    • lrc7815 profile image

      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      What a great hub with invaluable information for those of us who are trying to eat healthier. I loved the video too. I'm going to give this a try.

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