5/1/12

Tuesday Trade Up: A Strawberry Cereal Scandal

With over 300 different cereals to choose from, shopping for a breakfast cereal can be exhausting. One of the beauties of NuVal is that it provides a nutrition score without influence of marketing. Kashi cereals can be a great selection. They provide whole grains, fiber, etc but did you know that Kashi get's one of the highest cereal scores and one of the lowest? Check out today's Trade Up - remember higher scores mean better nutrition.

Trade Up:
Kashi Strawberry Fields NuVal = 11
Kellogg’s Special K with Berries NuVal = 24


 



Whoa! The scores must be wrong? Nope! While Kashi Strawberry Fields doesn't contain any trans fat, excess sodium, excess sugar or cholesterol, it also doesn't contain many vitamins, minerals or fiber. Because NuVal takes into consideration both the favorable and unfavorable ingredients, the Kashi score is low. Take a closer look below.

Kashi Strawberry Fields (1 cup)
Calories: 120, Total Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 170g, Total Carbohydrates: 27g, Dietary Fiber: 1g, Sugars: 9g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 0%, Iron: 2%

Ingredients: Organic long grain rice, organic evaporated cane juice syrup, organic whole wheat, organic freeze dried strawberries, sea salt, organic brown rice syrup, organic freeze dried raspberries.
 
Special K Red Berries (1 cup)
Calories: 110, Total Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 190g, Total Carbohydrates: 27g, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 9g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 15%, Vitamin C: 35%, Calcium: 0%, Iron: 45%
 
Ingredients: Rice, whole grain wheat, sugar, wheat bran, freeze-dried strawberries, brown sugar syrup, soluble wheat fiber, contains 2% or less of salt, malt flavoring.


*For those looking for organic cereals, choose to Trade Up within those cereal selections. Kashi Puffed Cereal receives a NuVal score of 91, which is one of our "Dietitian's Top Picks"

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