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Eating Cardboard is “Healthier” Than Breakfast Cereal

Breakfast Cereal Loses Nutrients During ProcessingLike me, you probably grew up on breakfast cereal. I think we all did. But I wouldn’t dream of eating breakfast cereal today. Not for ANY reason.

The problem is not the whole grains themselves, but how they’re processed in the factory.

After being exposed to very high temperatures and very high pressure, the grains that go into almost all of the major brands you see on the supermarket store shelves are not only unhealthy, they’re poisonous.

Even the whole grains in the “healthier” cereals you get from the health food store go through this same process.

Here’s how it works.

The machine that makes ALL cold breakfast cereals is called an extruder, which takes a slurry of grain and water and forces it through tiny openings that create the little O’s, flakes, or whatever trendy shapes the manufacturers dream up.

After being shaped, the cereal is sprayed with a coat of oil and sugar to give the cereal its signature “crunch” before going soggy in your morning breakfast bowl.

That may sound innocent enough, but here’s the problem: The extrusion process destroys the nutrients in the grains, especially the proteins. It even wipes out the synthetic vitamins the manufacturers add to make the cereal appear more nutritious.

And when the protein is destroyed, what you have left is a toxin.

That may explain the disturbing results of these two little-known studies:

In his book “Fighting the Food Giants,” biochemist Paul Stitt talks about an experiment carried out by one of the big food manufacturers in 1942.1 Needless to say, after the results were revealed the study was locked away and never discussed again.

In the study, mice were divided into four groups:

Group one received plain whole wheat grains, water and synthetic vitamins and minerals.

Group two received puffed wheat processed through an extruder, water and the same nutrient solution.

Group three received water and white sugar.

Group four received nothing but water and synthetic nutrients.

You would expect groups three and four to be the worst, right? Obviously, the mice existing on sugar and water, or just water and synthetic nutrients would die first, right?

It didn’t work out that way.

Group two, the mice who ate the puffed wheat, ALL died before ANY of the mice in group three or four died. In fact, the mice in group two were all dead within two weeks. The mice who had just sugar and water lived for a whole month.

By chance or by fate, the molecular structure of the proteins inside the grain are similar to a known toxin. And when the protein is “mutated” from the processing, it becomes toxic.

That’s why these poor mice only lasted a few weeks.

Studies with Mice show that there's more nourishment in the cardboard box than in the cereal!Another study from 1960 was conducted at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

These mice were divided into three groups:

Group one received cornflakes and water.

Group two were fed the cardboard box that the cornflakes came in, and water.

Group three received rat chow and water.

I think you can guess what happened here… the mice who ate only the cardboard box outlived the mice eating the cornflakes!

Even more revealing, the mice who ate the cornflakes showed signs of violent behavior. They threw fits, were anxious and agitated and eventually went into convulsions.

After the study, an autopsy revealed these mice had damage to their pancreas, liver and kidneys. What’s more, they suffered degeneration of the nerves along their spine, all signs of insulin shock. The startling conclusion revealed there was more nourishment in the box than in the cornflakes!

Sure, these studies were conducted on mice, but we can clearly see that the poisonous, mutated grains took a terrible toll.

If you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of this before, or why the effects of processed cereals are not being studied in more depth, consider this:

The grains inside a typical box of cereal cost about a penny. Yet the cereal sells for 3, 4 maybe even 5 dollars a box at your local grocery store.

That means breakfast cereal may have the highest mark up, and therefore the highest profit margin of anything on the market today.

In that light, it’s clear why these manufacturers have NO INTEREST in letting you know what their “healthy, all natural” cereals are really doing to your family.

So instead of reaching for that box of cereal every morning, put your focus on protein.

Eating protein first thing in the morning accelerates your metabolism throughout the day.

But make sure you get your protein from healthy sources: Low-fat dairy, cheese, unsweetened Greek yogurt, fish, lean meats (a portion of lean meat is the size and thickness of the palm of your hand), and vegetables… and yes, vegetables contain protein!

And don’t be shy about eating fish or lean meats for breakfast. The Japanese start every morning with fish and miso soup! It may seem strange at first, but when you’re sailing through your morning with energy, clarity and focus, you’ll understand why I recommend this to all my patients, friends and family.

It’s also helpful to keep around unsweetened, pure whey protein to add to shakes for a quick protein boost. To kick it up a notch, flavor with cherry, blueberry or pomegranate concentrate. You can also mix this with ground flax seed or chia seeds, for a delicious and perfect breakfast.

I hope you enjoyed the article, until next time

Dr. Steven Sisskind, M.D.

1 Paul A. Stitt, Fighting the Food Giants, Manitowoc, WI: Natural Press, 1993.

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  1. sofi says:

    What about “healthier” cereal options such as Kashi etc…those higher in protein, instead of the sugary mainstream options?

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Sofi,
      Thanks for your comment. This study talks about how the process of changing the natural form of the grain releases toxic substances. Unfortunately even the “healthiest” of cereals do not contain grains in the natural form. Instead, I would opt for a breakfast high in lean protein such as egg whites, lean ground beef, whey protein, or low fat yogurt. When you consume a high-protein breakfast, you help fuel your metabolism. This allows you to burn more calories throughout the day.

      • Kris says:

        He Dr. Steve, I have known about the dangers of processed cereal for quite some time. But I began to read about a cereal made from ancient grains, organic and recommended as one of the cereals one could eat. It is Natures Pathway, Pumpkin Seed Granola. What do you know about that? Thanks Kris

        • Hello Chris,
          Thank you for posting your question to our website. While Natures Pathway is a healthier alternative to most breakfast cereal, it still quite processed. You could make your own “cereal” by mixing ingredients like oats, flax, coconut, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries.

          • Kristin Clarke says:

            Here is the “cereal” I eat every morning:
            Sliced banana, raspberries, blueberries, handful of slivered almonds, sunflower kernels with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I also eat two egg whites and one whole egg with it. Very filling!

          • Hi Kristin,

            Thank you for sharing your great breakfast meal with us! It is truly power packed and I am certain it more than tide you over until your next meal. I hope you do continue with your healthy eating habits and feel free to share them here! Have a wonderful and healthy day ahead!

      • Horst says:

        aren’t we forgetting here the most common breakfast food, EGGS, and I don’t mean the fake egg powder, and not just the egg white, ,the whole egg! ……….

        • Hi Horst,

          Thank you for your feedback! No..I mean, we love eggs. You should eat at least one whole egg daily, poached or boiled. They are good sources of protein and will give you that energy boost in the morning. Whenever you use eggs, keep the yolk unbroken. When broken yolks are cooked cholesterol in the yolk is oxidized. The cooked yolk then produces toxic cholesterol by-products that are far more dangerous than cholesterol itself. I hope this helps. Have a Healthy day!

          • Stephen Ross says:

            i have read that if you cook your eggs in Olive Oil that the bad cholesterol is sequestered and passes thru your system….true?

          • Hi Stephen,

            Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! I am not completely certain of the context of cholesterol being sequestered and passed through but I do know that when you cook eggs, it always better to use gentle heat. This recommendation relates to the production of cholesterol oxidation products (COPs). When you heat any food that is high in cholesterol, the heating process produces COPs, which are reported to increase the risk of cancer and heart disease, in part, due to a pro-inflammatory action. That said, cooking whole eggs in olive oil is fine but you want to use gentle heat and quick cooking to not only have a healthy omelette but a delicious one at that. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

          • Stephen Ross says:

            How about a breakfast of Irish Steel Cut Oats with a Tablespoon of Greek Unflavored Yogurt. When i added the yogurt to the oats…i could for the first time make it to lunch with no snacking

          • Hi Stephen,

            Yes, steel cut oats and with a tablespoon of Greek Yogurt is a healthy breakfast option. Have a healthy day!

    • a del says:

      Hi Sofi, thought you might find this article of interest as far as Kashi is concerned;

    • Sarah McDaniel says:

      Is the Uncle Sam brand of cereal ok?

      • Hi Sarah – Thank you for writing in. Uncle Sam’s cereal, though much less processed, is still largely made up of ground up ingredients. I would recommend some WHOLE grains like flax, oatmeal or quinoa. These may be good breakfast alternatives. I hope that helps!

    • marie says:

      Kashi uses GMOs unless it is GMO free verified…You will be much better off always going with Cascadian Farms-everything they make is organic.

    • Peggy Graham says:

      By using the Handi Guide you sent with the Pills, I have lost 50 lbs by drinking a Non-Fat Yogurt Shake in the morning following the 40g a protein per meal. to stave off Hunger. I have 3 of Dannon’s Fit & Light Non Fat Yogurt with 12g of protein per cup with 1 Raw egg & it holds me for as much as 6 hrs & even then, I never get that STARVING GOTTA HAVE FOOD RIGHT NOW FEELING. I eat a Grilled Chicken Patti with a GREEN Veggie for Lunch & then maybe another Cup of Yogurt for Dinner & NEVER NERVER NEVER have that STARVATION Sensation anymore, I am down from 220 to 162 since February. Thanks for the Helpful Tips SOOOOOOOOOOOOO Much
      Peggy Graham

      • Hi Peggy,

        Thank you for writing in and for sharing your great experience with us! Losing, roughly, 60 pounds in the span of a few months is truly an amazing achievement! I pray that your success continues and do look forward to hearing more of your progress. Also, should you have any questions or concerns, never hesitate to let us know. Have a healthy day!

    • joann estanislau says:

      how about rolled oats with almond milk is that bad too

      • Hi Joan,

        Thank you for writing in! Steel cut oats are the healthier choice when it comes to cereals and grains. Whole grains contain all the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked),it’s likely the food product would lose nutrients that are found in the original grain seed. That said, rolled oats with almond milk is fine but I do encourage you to switch to steel cut when you can. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  2. Kerry says:

    Does this apply to Quaker Rolled Oats. I usually eat a cup of raw rolled oats with lactose free/fat free milk and top with Cheerios. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank, Kerry

  3. Audrey Wilson. says:

    Hi Dr Steven First I want to say thank you for the information. It is so sad when we have no idea what we are putting in our mouths. I buy cereals for my family and a gallon of milk often.
    I would start making some healthy choices for them.

    • Mary Ehren says:

      I read that book when it came out, Dr. Steve. I thought Paul was brilliant. As you may know he founded Natural Ovens of Manitowoc and I have been eating his breads for decades. As a resident of Wisconsin, I have also been to the bakery several times. I did not know that all cereals were evil. I guess that would include my Kashi Good Friends? I do generally stay away from cereals because I always feel hungry again an hour after I consume them. Protein is my favorite food group and it makes me feel fantastic. As a vegan it is a bit more of a challenge to construct my menu but as you pointed out vegetables have plenty of protein! Thanks for the important info.

    • Justin says:

      Agreed. There’s no telling what the food industry is hiding from us. It could be as high as half of what you eat is bad for you in more ways than just extra saturated and trans fats. I try not to think about it and just keep adjusting my diet based on one thing at a time, like this. However, in this instance, I actually don’t have time for breakfast so I’m actually good it seems. I used to love sweetened cereal in the morning. How much damage it caused as a child I’m not certain, but I hope this goes mainstream. I’m definitely going to try to keep my kids off of cold cereal if I have any.

      • Dr. Steve says:

        I agree with this statement. I try to emphasize the importance whole unprocessed foods as much as possible. The more processed foods you are putting in our body, the less opportunity to put whole foods in. Also, breakfast is the worst meal of the day to skip out on. Eating breakfast will experience give you more energy all day as well as improve your mood. It boosts metabolism, reduces fatigue and promotes better concentration and performance. Eating breakfast provides the enzymes that burn more fat by kick-starting your metabolism early in the day. According to Colorado State University, breakfast eaters metabolize fat better and consume fewer calories throughout the rest of the day. Try preparing a simple breakfast the night before or make a whey protein smoothie to drink on the run.

        • Mary says:

          Hi Dr. Steve, I’m starting my weight management journey with RealDose #1 this week. My first part of management is to reduce my current weight and while searching for natural whey protein, I discovered some brands say, “not suitable for weight loss diets”. can you suggest some brands that are suitable to use as a meal replacement? I’m not much of a breakfast eater and know the importance of protein and thought a shake would be the way to start my day. Thanks, Mary

          • Dr. Steve says:

            Hi Mary – I would definitely not advise taking a whey protein supplement which states not suitable for weight loss diets, as those must be high calorie weight gain shakes or something. Some of my favorite brands are Optimum Whey protein powders and Designer Whey. Also, don’t overlook vegetarian protein powders like spirulina or soy. These can be great alternatives and offer extra health benefits as well. Good luck!

  4. lisa says:

    Hi There
    For breakfast I have Harraway rolled oats with whey protein. Are oats ok?

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Lisa ! This study focused on processed cereals and not grains in their whole form. We recommend having a breakfast high in protein.
      Such as egg whites with vegetables instead of grains. High-protein meals release ghrelin, a hunger hormone that increases your feelings of satiety and fullness.
      Not only will you feel fuller longer, you will feel less hungry throughout your day.

  5. David Fowler says:

    Dr. Sisskind,

    What are your thoughts on Wheat Germ? Cream of Wheat? Oatmeal?


  6. Marcia says:

    Hi Dr. Steve,

    I have whole eggs or animal protein with salad and raw vegetables for breakfast every day — also lunch and dinner and snacks! Once a week I have a “cheat meal” when for one hour I eat absolutely anything I want to from spaghetti to rice, to ice cream. I am a pre-diabetic, post menopausal woman, and eating this way really keeps my blood sugars level, and my cravings under control, and I’m finally losing weight, now, too. (This is week four of this program and I am happy with my results — 7 pounds the first week, and about 2.5 pounds each week after.) I use your “Real Dose” supplement in the morning and before bed and am very happy about the weight loss I am seeing. Just wanted to share because I’m excited!! My eyes were really opened about grains when I read the book: “Going Against the Grain” by Melissa Smith. She is a nutritionist and her book is easy to read and to comprehend. I recommend it to anyone who is concerned about their health and what they eat.

  7. Dorothy Dumbra says:

    Just a note, cream of wheat, very processed, oatmeal, the run of the mill kind in stores, also processed. Try Silver Palate, and, or Irish oats. Need a brand that requires slow cooking. d. Practitioner, RN i alternative medicine.

  8. ROB says:

    My kids are on Pronutro. a south african cereal. Is that also not good?
    I just stick to egg every morning!

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Rob ! A whole boiled or poached egg is your best bet. The protein in eggs may make you feel full longer. Eggs have a higher satiety index than breads and cereals, so eating eggs may reduce calorie consumption at subsequent meals

  9. Eva Davies says:

    I totally agree with you Dr. Steve – here in the UK we have a heritage of the good old ‘English Breakfast’ – bacon, eggs, sausage etc but no one really has this regularly.

    Since Sept 2011 I have been eating a protein only breakfast and wow my energy levels have rocketed. My husband (a real porridge and toast man) started in November and hasn’t looked back since. No mid morning munchies or energy drops for us!

    Lunch is protein and veggies/salad.

    Dinner is protein again with more veggies and salad – my husband will have potatoes but I won’t.

    I have stopped eating all processed food just fresh meat (grass fed), fish or poultry and fresh vegetables and salads. Desserts are fresh berries and low fat yoghurt.

    Clear skin, joint pain reduced and the energy level of my 20′s!

  10. Alona says:

    Hi, I was just wondering if you can recommend a specific Whey Protein that is ideal as I want to make sure I am getting an optimal amount of protein with no sugar. There are so many brands on the market! Any advice is helpful!

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Yes, there are many brands available on the market. I would choose an organic whey that contains no added sugars or artificial sweeteners.
      The amount of whey protein you need to consume depends on your weight, your activity level and your fitness goals.
      If your goal is to lose body fat while maintaining your muscle and your primary exercise is endurance or intermittent sports, taking in between 1 and 1.7 grams of whey protein for each kilogram of body weight is sufficient.

  11. Ella Dikeman says:

    I`m glad you wrote this and did your homework,
    I did not know how much chemicals were in cereal.
    I am going to eat oatmeal from now on. again thank-you,

  12. Laura PhD RD says:

    Hi Steve,
    Yes, the article is interesting to say the least, but what is missing is the effect of the cereal on the mice when served with it’s natural compliment – milk! Certainly protein is there, and who knows without a study group of cereal and milk if the “toxicity effect” in the mice would be mitigated. That is the study I want to see before eliminating whole grain, low sugar cereal from my family’s breakfast routine.

    • Vikki J. says:

      This is a really good point! Milk obviously does mitigate some of the negative effects. Otherwise, many of us would have died a long time ago. But, there’s no denying that these breakfast cereals are causing the explosion of anxiety, irrritability, anger and ADHD that we see in so many kids. Maybe a lot of our toxic, processed foods are to blame for the huge increase in mental illness and violence in our country.

  13. Connie Finn says:

    I have been using real dose for two months and have had what I think is clean healthy food. I started by doing a food cleanse that excluded wheat, dairy, meat, chicken and fat other than flax oil for ten days. Since then I have been very careful. I have either brown rice with a poached egg or a smoothie with frozen blueberries, peaches, hemp protein , flax seed and cran water made with a little unsweetened cranberry juice. I also have two piece of Ezekiel toast with a little butter. For the rest of my day I usually have salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, chicken or tuna salad and sometime shrimp. In seven weeks I have only lost five pounds. I cheat once in a while but rarely. I am on thyroid medicine but still nothing seems to work. Can you help?

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Connie, Fixing a sick thyroid often relieves many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. It can help rev up your metabolism; however, thyroid medicine will not melt off your excess pounds by itself. You have a big role in your weight loss because you control what you eat. With treatment, your thyroid will work with you instead of against you as you pursue a healthy weight; however, if you increase the amount you eat or eat unhealthy foods, you will retain your excess weight and possibly add on more pounds. Ultimately, the responsibility for losing weight lies with you. Thyroid treatment can only remove the barriers that blocked your success in the past. It certainly seems like you are eating very healthy. Have you started an exercise program yet ? If not, you might consider consulting with your doctor to check your thyroid levels.

      • Heidi says:

        Dr. Steve,
        Cushing’s Disease is an endocrine concern which is often under-diagnosed, especially for middle aged women. If Connie is seeing an endocrinologist already for her thyroid, she should ask to be tested for Cushing’s when weight loss will not happen post thyroid supplementation. It is a simple test of the saliva and is more accurate then older tests. Totally worth ruling in or out.

        • Hi Heidi,

          Thank you for writing in and for your concern! Yes, Cushing’s disease is certainly a possibility worth looking into for those who are still unable to lose weight despite getting treatment for their thyroid problem. I thank you for sharing! Have a healthy day!

  14. Toni says:

    Ha- this is interesting but not at all surprising, given the processing of cereals, and, very importantly, all non-organically-produced foods, but it does lend more evidence for the sheer complexity of what is healthy food..

    An added twist is that mainstream grains are chemically mass-produced and fumigated with fungicides as they are shot down the silo chutes into bulk transport vehicles, and when they reach their various destinations many weeks and miles away, those grains are not usually washed before making cereals, or grinding into flour etc.

    But the protein-denaturing aspect rings another bell too: there have been the odd warnings about micro-waving food because it particularly affects proteins and can even cause generational effects by damaging DNA. A published research paper came up with support justifying these old warnings expressed in the 60s..

    My point is that the plot is extremely complex because modern folks heat their protein-containing healthy and unhealthy cereals, milk and whey, often in a micro-wave oven, thus compounding the problem.

    And I would throw another spanner in the works too, because that old-fashioned raw Tasmanian cow’s milk (with raw whole oats muesli with nuts and seeds) that I grew up with, is today a far cry from even pristine NZ’s free-range factory dairy farms which rely on hormones, antibiotics, supplementation with calcium carbonate and synthetic vitamins AND SUGAR, to meet the demands of much of the world’s insane modern thirst for milk.. It’s no wonder that breast cancer is on the rise.

    But to keep this shorter, in conclusion, by my own experience of nearly 60 years, I’ve found that the best way for me to thrive without joint pain, and lose weight gradually, is to apply the general rules of food chemistry compatability (Food Combining principles to facilitate the chemical reactions that take place during digestion) to my O Blood type diet (which relegates most cereals to a very minor role in my life, concentrating on fruit, vegetables and some meats, fish, and eggs, a little dairy (yogurt) and kombucha cultures for my pro-biotics, – definitely no wheat, the big inflammatory agent.

    A couple of years ago I could hardly walk from inflamed knees which suddenly flared up out of the blue- I believe in protest from me slowly putting on weight in post-menopause years, resulting in less physical activity and depression. A vicious circle. But only in the last 3 months has everything I know been finally put into practice, and the tide been turned. I have always eaten masses of papaya, bananas, loads of salad leaves, many of them tropical weeds from my garden, soups, brown rice, etc but only when I cut out all wheat and most dairy did this happen. My husband is Type A blood and he eats the bread with not a sign of inflammation.

    This critical combination of two so-called ‘diets’, which includes my own all-year organically grown veges, roots, fruit and eggs, and some brown rice – has solved most of my issues- except my teeth which are too far gone to do anything but wait for the means to remove my amalgam fillings and root canal treatments!

    If I were able to get a reliable delivery of RealDose, here in Borneo, I would definitely do so, to help rectify any hormone imbalances, since I concur with Dr. Steve’s work in the area..


  15. Jan says:

    Where do i get the cherry, blueberry or pomegranate concentrate?

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Jan, you can find these juices in a couple different places in your local supermarket. I have seen them in the refridgerated fruit and product section, as well as in the juice aisle. Some supermarkets have an organic section and I have also seen them there. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s both carry concentrates. Also, I did an online search and found several different sources to order from.

  16. Beverly Smith says:

    Hi Dr. Steve,

    I have always had problems with constipation. Eating shreaded wheat for breakfast helps me to stay regular every morning. Proteins help with slowing the hunger, but they back my system up. Any susgestion?

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Beverly, try adding foods with more fiber into your daily routine. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans are great additions to increase your fiber. Drinking lot’s of water during your meals and throughout the day helps with digestion. Avoid rushing through your meals and be sure to chew food thoroughly. Strengthening your lower abdominal and pelvic floor muscles will help as well.

  17. Brenda Worley says:

    Love reading your articles and appreciate the scientific explanations you provide; easy to comprehend. Read your response to Jan of March 27, 2012 and find I still have one question that continues to go unanswered by any of the 4 health related websites I read each day including yours…

    My husband and I have been making whey protein smoothies for our breakfast for several years. However, recently we have become very aware of how important it is to eliminate sugars and artificial sweetners from our diet, including juices of any kind, especially orange juice. As we read all the labels everywhere we go including Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Mothers Market, we have not been able to find a juice or concentrate that doesn’t contain sugar in significant amounts. You speak of a juice concentrate, but I’m confused as to what that would look like if it weren’t in a juice form. We squeeze fresh oranges, but it takes a bunch to make enough for the 2 of us – 8 to 12 ozes, 4 ice cubes, fresh or frozen fruit, flax seed, finely chopped spinach, and protein powder. Eliminating sugar from our diet has allowed both of us to loose 20 pds. each in 4 months, normalized our digestive systems, significantly reduce joint pain, and eliminated all kinds of other health issues we were beginning to experience. We are committed to this effort, but would love to find another way to make our smoothies without adding sugar other than the fructose from the natural foods. Hope you have a suggestion that will fit into our strategy.

    For give me, but here goes another question relative to my question above. When a food lable indicates a serving size has 32 grams of carbohydrate of which only 3 grams is sugar, 1.5 gram of fiber, what makes up the other 28.5 grams. This is always confusing to us when we are trying to be so careful in makiing our food selections. Could you possibly do an article instructing all of us that are trying so hard to make these important changes in our diets, how to read the labels and be assured that the ingredients we our trying to pronounce are good for us?

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Brenda, that is a great idea for an article, thank you ! It’s amazing how making some simple changes in your nutrition plan will shed those unwanted pounds. I have found several places that carry concentrated juices or pure juices without added sugar. I also did a online search and came up with several choices. When reading the label , it should never list sugar as an ingredient. This doesn’t mean however that it is not going to have a certain amount of natural sugar in it. This is why you see 32 grams of carbohydrates. 32 grams of carbohydrates is the total amount of carbohydrates in the item. 28.5 is the net amount of carbohydrates. “Net carbohydrates” is a term that often correlates with low-carb diets. Calculate net carbs by subtracting fiber from the total grams of carbohydrates. For example, if the nutrition facts label lists 10 g of carbohydrates and 3 g of fiber, your food has 7 g of net carbs.

  18. Kit says:

    This is very interesting and useful info. Thanks. 2 questions:
    1) You keep mentioning “whey protein” – however, for those with Celiac’s or wheat allergies, that is not a good idea – right?
    2) People keep asking you about oats. Are “rolled” oats considered “processed”? Are “steel-cut” oats considered “processed”? This is information that would be very helpful to making better breakfast choices as well!

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Kit, thanks for your comments. Whey protein does not contain wheat, but is naturally found in cow’s milk and contains other highly-digestible proteins. Whey protein is extracted from milk during the cheese-making process and is often added to infant formulas, breads and other commercially-made foods. Whey protein powder has some potential for treating or supporting the conventional treatments of many different medical conditions. Other uses for whey protein include supporting proper immune-system function, treating osteoporosis, protecting lean muscle and supporting weight loss.
      Steel-cut oats are coarser, smaller and tougher than rolled oats, but both varieties are complete whole grains with the bran and germ intact. Although rolled oats are more heavily processed than steel-cut oats and the two have differences in taste and texture, both types have the same nutritional properties, which mirror those of quick-cooking oats and even instant oats.

      • Sara says:

        While I understand that celiac is defined by a pathology related to gluten, I know that many people with celiac disease have found, also, that they do not tolerate milk protein well. This is true in my case.

        A little yogurt, cheese, butter, or cream do not seem to cause trouble. But more than a little becomes uncomfortable. I have tried many different, clean whey powders and whey-based nutrition powders added to smoothies and drinks that have no other dairy. I have yet to find any whey product that is not soon followed by GI distress, when I drink it.

        Once I hoped that gradually, with more time gluten-free, my gut would become able to digest dairy well. But after almost 15 years gluten-free, I no longer expect this simple resolution. I would love to have more sources of good protein other than meat, which I do not particularly enjoy eating. In addition, whey is reported to have many beneficial properties.

        I wonder if a raw, liquid form of whey (not dried) or maybe whey from goat milk, if I could find either, might be well tolerated?

        • Hello Sara,

          I could not say if a raw, liquid form of whey (not dried) would be well tolerated by your body.

          However, here is some information about our RealMeal whey protein powder to help you decide if it is a good option for you. Because whey protein is derived from milk, a proprietary full spectrum enzyme blend has been included, which contains lactase and proteases. This blend aids in the digestion of the small amount of lactose present and helps to assist in the breakdown and assimilation of the various high quality proteins found in milk. Those who are sensitive to milk products may be able to tolerate this whey protein; however, if you are allergic to milk and milk products, use RealMeal™ under the guidance of your health care practitioner.

          With that said, your idea of trying goat milk whey, may work for you. Goat milk is more digestible because of its casein curd, which is both softer and smaller than curds made from cow. Additionally, the composition and structure of fat in goat milk make it easier to digest. The fat in goat milk is only 2 micrometers in size instead of 2.5 -3.5 micrometers for cow’s milk. This smaller size means that the fat is more evenly dispersed making goat milk easier to digest.

          Let me know what you find out. I am interested to know what works for you.

  19. Scott Travis says:

    Hi doc – - thanks for outing this info for us. I grew up on cereals but I haven’t bought a box for many years now. I was disgusted when I first learned of the price mark-up, so I cut-back my consumption as a teenager. But a few years ago I read the book “Cereal Killer” by Al Watson and learned of the toxicity and nutrient destruction produced in processing, so I quit cold turkey. Watson though goes on to blame the low-fat diet as pushed by the AMA and USDA as a major culprit in the obesity, diabetes, and heart disease epidemics. You recommend “low-fat dairy” and egg whites, etc, and I presume you’d favor unsaturated fats over saturated, right? He says trans fats are terrible of course, but Watson claims in his book that the more saturated your fat is, the more stable it is in your body, the less it free-radicalizes thereby being less carcinogenic. There’s growing research coming out, as I imagine you know, identifying blood vessel inflammation as the risky condition that’s really to blame for heart disease and related trouble. As in when vessels are healthy and uninflamed, fats, cholesterol, platelets, etc just stream by unimpeded by constriction. What do you think? Why do persist with recommending low-fat, no-fat options, and especially why should we throw away our egg yolks? It’s such a waste! Thanks for all of this nonetheless, and good luck with the battle.

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Scott – Thanks for writing in. There has been so much change in what we recommend for healthy standards today. The truth is there is no one main culprit responsible for the obesity epidemic, it’s really a combination of bad diet, lacking physical activity, sedentary culture and harmful substances in our food. However, today it’s pretty clear that foods high in saturated fat are quite harmful to our bodies (red meat, full fat cheeses, etc.). This isn’t to say you should never eat them, in fact I would recommend to never label any food as bad or good, but rather focus on moderation in everything you eat and making sure the calories you eat everyday is appropriate. Good luck in all your efforts!

  20. Priscila Jackson says:

    Thank you Dr. Steve for the shocking info but im happy there are honest people like you in this world.

  21. Erica Janzen says:

    I’ve been trying to reduce cereals for breakfast and replace with an egg but since I’ve almost eliminated meat in my diet I’m eating eggs three times a day or only salad without egg. And I am NOT losing my belly fat. And my memory loss is continuing. I hate to say that’s it at the age of 79 or is it? Erica

  22. Kai says:

    I never eat cereal for breakfast, but I do like a small bowl for a snack. Not anymore though. As if the high cost wasn’t enough, even the supposedly healthy cereal is bad for you. Thanks for the article!

  23. Juliana Allen says:

    Never liked the stuff, gave it up almost 25 years ago, REAL FOOD is so much better to start the day with and a cooked healthy breakfast is supreme I say! Anyone tried Amarath for breakfast, it’s filling full of protein, use pumkin seeds, almonds,sunflower seeds, Virgin Coconut Oil, Stevia, (optional) deccicated Coconut, & organic sugar free Almond milk mix all together & it’s delicious. I challege you will not miss a peice of toast & feel full for hours.

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Juliana – Thanks for the advice. This sounds really good! What exactly is the Amaranth product that you’re using? I am still awaiting someone to make an Amaranth bread, because this ancient grain is packed with protein and healthy nutrients. Thanks again for sharing!

      • Juliana Allen says:

        Hi! Steven, Amaranth is an ancient grain that’s better on your system, the one I use is Certified Organic by Lotus. The product is full of protein, Iron, fibre. Use as a ceral, bake with it, make bread, or thicken your stews, soups etc. naturally. I buy the whole grain but in does come in flakes from the health store and some supermarkets here in Australia.

  24. maria says:

    this is not the first time that some doctors or others, find “something” wrong with what we eat…after
    so many years of study. then if we change our diets, something bad will again be said on that certain
    food. what will we eat then? some say this is bad, others say this is good; you are confusing people
    with these so-called “studies” or experiments. or are you into promoting other foods that will benefit
    your own personal interest or “business” ? like the virgin coconut oil. some say it is bad, others say
    it is good. i think we should just do our own “experiment” on what we should put inside our bodies.

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Maria – I definitely understand your concern, as it is one which many others share. Research is really our guide for improving our health. I agree with you that everyone’s body is slightly different and what works for one, may not work for others. Though this process of following recommendations given by new studies is daunting, it has led us to amazing benefits in health, prevention of disease and increased quality years of life. I digest many studies like this to make them understandable for everyone who is not trained in some background of medical science. Though, again I see why you are frustrated, as our current realm of knowledge changes very rapidly.

  25. Mary E says:

    How can you put that much faith in a study that was done in 1942? Are they still using that same method to make cereal?

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Mary – Thank you for commenting. I understand your concern, however the simplicity and obvious results make it worthy of reflection, as they do still process cereals in this same manner. I’m not at all saying that we’re going to experience the same results as these rats and mice, but it is clear that these manufacturing process it’s obviously harmful to our food’s ingredients. That is the main message that can be conveyed from these studies.
      I hope that is beneficial.

  26. Jenny Nolan says:

    Thank you so much for this information! My daughter eats “healthy” cereal for breakfast and snacks all day. Yikes! She has life-threatening (read:anaphylaxis) food allergies to: eggs, dairy, barley, peanuts, and tree nuts. What can I give her for breakfast? Oatmeal? What sort of lean meat?
    Thank you!

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Jenny – Thank you for writing in. Oatmeal is a great choice! When combined with nuts (as long as your daughter isn’t also allergic to those too, as peanuts are a legume), oatmeal and nuts make a whole protein source. Lean meats like chicken, turkey breast as well as fish are all good options for protein as well. I hope that helps!

  27. Peter Craig says:

    Don’t be idotic; puffed wheat is not processed through an extruder. Neither is oatmeal, Wheatena or or many other truly whole grain products. Both of the former are valuable dietary components. Check out Bob’s Red Mill products for many great whole grain foods.

    I certainly don’t claim that Corn Flakes is good food, but it’s not “toxic”.in any of the usual senses of that word.

    This kind of screwball stuff gives nutritional/dietary advice a bad name.

    • Hi Peter – Thank you for sharing. There are many good cereal products which are not heavily processed (muesli, granola, to name some more…), but needless to say, most are. The fact is, this heavy processing spikes blood sugar, delivers little to no actual nutrition and it’s one of the most common foods eaten by Americans today. I know some young adults and parents who will eat cereal and give it to their kids as much as 3 times a day! Considering the detrimental effects it has in the body, perhaps “useless” is a better word to describe it.

  28. Tracy says:

    Great article, I study a lot on nutrition and haven ever heard of this – makes sense though and very informative

  29. CathyP says:

    Thank you Dr. Sisskind for your wonderful information. I started your RealDose program on 7/24/12 because I really needed a new way of eating. It has made a wonderful difference in my life. I have more energy, clarity, and my weight loss and inches have finally kicked in and I feel and look great. I only ordered the one month supply of RealDose and it has done wonders for me. I have 4 pounds and 3 inches to go to reach my goal. This product works and I’m so glad I tried it and will continue until my goal is completed and beyond. Changing my eating habits and putting in better food choices has been wonderful. Again, thank you for this product. Loluv.

  30. LA says:

    yeah I understand the processed cereals but reading the comments kinda tick me off. as I was part of the cereal industry and know how they process wheat for flour and cream of wheat.

    these are not as processed as they think and they are not extruded. my problem with this dr is that he’s not saying what was found to be the result of protein and which poisons were there. also the mice studies indicated problems with sugar. there is very very little sugar in corn flakes… so they did starve, because the process of making corn flakes reduces or ‘cooks’ out the natural sugar. duh cardboard is survivable for mice because not all the sugar from the cellulous process is removed from the wood.

    sigh.. lol everything in moderation and always try for ‘whole’ foods.

  31. Betty J Westerfield says:

    Does this hold true for regular oatmeal too?

    • Hi Betty,

      Thanks for posting your question to our website. Whole grains contain all the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked),it’s likely the food product would lose nutrients that are found in the original grain seed. We recommend one 1/2 cup serving of whole non processed grains daily. The following, when consumed in a form including the bran, germ and endosperm, are examples of whole grain foods:
      Wild Rice
      Corn, including whole cornmeal & popcorn
      Oats, including oatmeal
      Rice, wild, brown, colored
      Sorghum (also called milo)

  32. Ellen says:

    This is good information. It’s always important to understand that food in it’s most natural form is always better. I’m curious to know what the toxin is that is produced from this protein mutation. Thanks.

    • Hi Ellen,

      Thanks for posting to our website. Most if not all processed cereals contain a toxic protein called “prolamine.” In recent studies, prolamine was reported to be difficult for the body to break down and digest, which can result with unwanted digestive issues.

  33. Clelia says:

    Dear Steve,

    Is granola also a processed cereal?

    Is it as unhealthy as cornflakes?

    Thanks for your advice.

    • Hi Clelia,

      Thank you for posting your question to our website Granola is a processed cereal that could contain a high amount of sugar. You may expect to see sugar listed first in the ingredients if it’s a high-sugar variety, but if several sweeteners are used — such as agave nectar, honey, brown sugar, molasses and high-fructose corn syrup — they’re listed separately, which can be deceiving. To get an accurate measure of sugar, look for the grams of sugar on the nutrition label. To prevent disease, the American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 tsp., or 24 g, of added sugar per day for women, and 9 tsp., or 36 g, for men.

  34. Mel says:

    Wow, thanks so much Dr. Steven, My kids eat the Natures Path Organic Cereal (kamut/spelt/quinoa) NON-GMO.

    But my question is this is still no good? and if not, then:

    What about seeds in their natural form like the chia, sunflower, flax and then mixing them up and eating those ? is this ok?

    BTW, to anyone who eats Kashi cereal, all of their cereals are 100% GMO since Kellogg’s took them over.

    • Hi Mel – Thanks for writing in. Your suggested alternative of chia, sunflower and flax is much better than ANY cereal. Unfortunately Nature’s Path cereals are still made up of processed flours and sugars. You can make your own cereal sweetened with erythritol and stevia out of whole food ingredients like seeds, nuts, whole grains and fruit for much cheaper and no added sugars. This is a great way to improve health as well as save some money! Thanks for writing in!

  35. Larry says:

    I am totally confused. I have eaten Raisin Bran w./extra raisins and strawberries in whole milk for years for breakfast. Am I to understand that this is harmful to me? I must say that I have difficulty losing weight…especially around the waist. Would it be correct to say that my weight problem is associated with my morning eating habits?

    How about eating scrambled eggs with sausage and some fruit with a glass of whole milk and orange juice?

    • Hi Larry – Thanks for writing in. Many have indeed grown up on cereal that is heavily processed and consider it a staple to their daily meals. While some cereals like raisin bran have a little bit of fiber, they are largely composed of sugar (raisin bran has 18g of sugar per serving) and easily digestible carbohydrates. Something like bran is a great ingredient, until it gets grinded up and has much of it’s beneficial components removed. Healthier breakfast ideas could include: eggs, low fat dairy, fruit, 1 portion of grains without added sugar, a protein shake, unlimited vegetables and nuts or a nut butter.

      You may want to look at the other foods you’re eating to see if they have added sugar in them, as this is a big component of weight loss for many people I work with. I hope this helps and provides some guidance. Thanks for writing in!

  36. Michelle says:

    Thanks for this information. I have been seeing advertisements for Nature’s Path boxed cereal. Would these be a healthier alternative?

    • Hi Michelle – Thanks for writing in. Looking at the first ingredients of a Nature’s Path cereal….. Whole corn meal*, evaporated cane juice*, brown rice flour*, yellow corn flour*…. These really are not that different from the sweetened cereals that are basically ground up and formed together with sweeteners. If you really must have a grain based breakfast (there are many alternatives), I would suggest a truly WHOLE grain hot cereal like Muesli or Oatmeal. I hope that helps!

  37. Michael says:

    Dr. Sisskind,

    What about eggs for breakfast, they have protein?


    • Hi Michael – Eggs are a great source of protein! Here are some suggestions: Whenever you use eggs, keep the yolk unbroken. When broken yolks are cooked cholesterol in the yolk is oxidized. The cooked yolk then produces toxic cholesterol by-products that are far more dangerous than cholesterol itself. Up to 2 a day are a good choice for getting daily protein. Thanks for writing in!

      • Cathy N. says:

        Dr. Sisskind,
        Thank you for your article and the knowledge you shared with everyone. My question: For years we have substituted liquid egg substitute for fresh eggs believing that this reduced cholesterol. Are liguid egg substitute a good idea?

        • Hi Cathy,

          Thank you for sending in your very interesting question! For years, people have been told that eggs (the real one) are bad for you. However, recent studies show that the protein in eggs can perk up your mornings and make you feel energized for a longer period of time. A hard boiled or poached egg in the morning is a healthy start to any day. Just make sure the yolk is not broken during the cooking process. When broken yolks are cooked cholesterol in the yolk is oxidized. The cooked yolk then produces toxic cholesterol by-products that are far more dangerous than cholesterol itself. Otherwise, egg whites or hard boiled and poached eggs are fine. Make it a healthy day!

  38. Natasha says:

    I was wondering.. how do you know all these things! I’m really grateful for the tips.. but how do you know these things?

    • Hi Natasha,

      Thank you for posting your question to our website. We only want to provide our readers with accurate and up to date scientific research. So we spend a lot of time researching to make sure you have all the information and tools needed to achieve weight loss success.

  39. Daryl says:

    Hi, like your article on the cereal was looking at boxes the other day the ingredients alone especially corn syrup is ludicrous what they put into food these days not including i bet most if not all the grains are GMO’s too thanks for the article Daryl.

  40. Jenny says:

    I like making a shake with greek yogurt, frozen fruits, wheat germ, flax seeds, a little fruit juice with water
    and protein powder. I also add a handful of almonds. Delicious!

  41. paul morris says:

    I really like to have cereal in the morning and I dont know what is good or bad anymore. Is there anything on the market in the way of cereal that is ok? At the moment I eat Vogel. I have not got the time in the mornings to make anything much and cereal is quick and easy. I just sent away for your realdose formula and I am waiting for it . I cant wait. It would be nice if you could get back to me.

    • Hello Paul,

      Thank you for posting to our website. Have you considered a protein smoothie for breakfast? It only takes about 5 minutes to prepare. Breakfast is a nutritious way to start out your day. Eating breakfast refuels your body, enhances your mood, improves your concentration, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and is the foundation of a healthy diet. Eating a healthy breakfast can be quick and easy, and provide you with benefits that last the entire day. Make sure to include protein and fiber (egg whites with beans or a smoothie with flax). This is very important. Studies show that the quality of your day’s first meal often influences your eating behavior throughout the day, so make sure you get started on the right foot. Whey is a high-quality, concentrated milk-based protein food source. It is typically sold in powder form as a dietary supplement to increase your protein intake. Whey protein is low in calories, fat and sugar, which helps to prevent weight gain while promoting a lean body composition. Whey protein helps to reduce glucose absorption time into the bloodstream to prevent hunger, according to the Whey Protein Institute. Slower glucose absorption can help fight the urge to snack between meals. Consuming whey protein as part of a nutritious diet can help aid in weight-loss efforts.

  42. Diane Armstrong says:


    Having read the above you did not really give a definitive on porridge oats. Is it OK or Not. Yes or no will suffice. I like to have that first thing in the winter months with blueberries. You help greatly appreciated.

  43. jessica says:

    i think that this can help everyone understand how to choose healthy foods

  44. Nancy Bowen says:

    What about hot cereal like oatmeal or cream of wheat?

    • Hi Nancy,

      Thank you for posting your question to our website. Whole grains contain all the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked),it’s likely the food product would lose nutrients that are found in the original grain seed.
      We recommend one 1/2 cup serving of whole non processed grains daily.
      The following, when consumed in a form including the bran, germ and endosperm, are examples of whole grain foods:
      Wheat ( including cream of wheat)
      Wild Rice
      Oats, including steel cut oatmeal
      Rice, wild, brown, colored
      Sorghum (also called milo)

  45. Gabby Lewis says:

    “knowledge is power” Thank you for this article!
    One person at a time, we must try to change a very greedy and wrongful food system that is encouraging Americans with it’s deceiving television adds to eat the wrong foods.
    Nothing can substitute “real” food. We should try and stay away from all packaged and processed foods if we want to live a happy and satisfying life.
    Their is no need for cholesterol and blood pressure prescription drugs among many other thousands…If you eat the right foods, you can sped your golden retirement years full of energy and except of aches and pains.
    Thank you Dr. for having the patience to address every question your viewers ask you! Information is key into taking our power back fighting these colossal food giants that are “legally” poisoning our people.

  46. abeer says:

    Thank you very much dr steve for your honesty ,and for the information above,and for helping us to choose the better items.

  47. Amy Goodwin says:

    Hi Dr Steve

    I’ve been on Real Dose for 3 weeks and have lost 5kgs. I was diagnosed with PCOS at 23 and through a high protien diet and exercise i rectified a lot of health issues, I learnt to love running and gym, I was very active. then folloing a back injury and a year of tests to find out why i was not getting better i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few months back at age 34, the medication eases pain but does not stop or prevent it. I belive there is a solution to almost every problem, so research became my best friend.

    I have been researching diets to help cure myself naturally and a high protein diet has always helped with weight loss. Cutting out grains has helped me regain the joint relief i required so I could work out without being crippled with pain. I was unable to do more than walk and gentle Pilates for 1.5 yrs and missed my daily gym and had gained 10kgs without even trying.

    Your system has helped me gain control of my life and I’m at gym 5 days a week now and the only pain im feeling is good pain, most days,but getting there. I continue to walk my dog 6kms a day on the beach and start adult swimming lessons this week to replace running. My partner and i will be trying for children this year as I finally feel that i can manage the pain medication free, already halfed my dose. Thank you for your advice and you are 100% accurate in my opinion, for 3 months I trialled cutting out lactose, sugar and whole grain carbs individually to find the problem but the real truth was that all grains including sugars was my problem.

    I have a reciepe I’d like to share that I have for breakfast every morning, so tasty, 2 tblsp natural low fat Greek yogurt, 250ml almond milk, tsp organic spirulina, tsp raw cacao powder, tsp organic coconut, tblsp blueberry concentrate or 2 tblsp frozen blueberries, tsp chai seeds and a dash of cinnamon with one scoop of whey protein, blend with some ice and enjoy! Also every second day I add some psyllium husk. Then I walk and hit the gym, I have 10 nuts post training and am drinking at least 3L water a day, I feel great and although my body took 2 weeks to get cracking, I’m losing 500gms a day this week,

    Thank you, you’ve helped give me my life back, I was depressed overweight and sluggish, I was not on a diet of processed foods or fatty foods at all, my diet was considered good but i kept gaining weight and was in pain because my diet did contain some grains and cutting them altogether was the simple solution I needed,

    I wish you all well on your endeavours and life changing habits, this is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle and permanent cure, stick with it and as my dad used to tell me ‘hard work always pays off’….

    Amy, Australia :-)

  48. Lourdes says:

    Is there any healthy cereal for breakfast then? After watching the video I wonder, what would a healthy breakfast consist of? Any cereal? or bread? or toast? besides dairy product like milk? Thank you for your recommendations.

    • Hello Lourdes,

      Thank you for posting to our website. Breakfast is a nutritious way to start out your day. Eating breakfast refuels your body, enhances your mood, improves your concentration, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and is the foundation of a healthy diet. Eating a healthy breakfast can be quick and easy, and provide you with benefits that last the entire day. Make sure to include protein and fiber (egg whites with beans or a smoothie with flax). This is very important. Studies show that the quality of your day’s first meal often influences your eating behavior throughout the day, so make sure you get started on the right foot. Protein is not only a necessary part of your diet; it’s also one of the healthiest and most beneficial parts. Everyone (athlete, fitness guru or not) can benefit from supplementing with protein.
      According to the Whey Protein Institute, your body uses more energy to digest protein than other foods, which creates a thermic effect and enables you to burn a higher rate of calories after a protein meal. A study by The Journal of Nutrition, of people whose diet included whey protein had less body fat and a smaller waist than those who didn’t. People who ate it in their diet plan also doubled their fat loss compared to those who didn’t, yet ate the same amount of calories. Whey is a high-quality, concentrated milk-based protein food source. It is typically sold in powder form as a dietary supplement to increase your protein intake. Whey protein is low in calories, fat and sugar, which helps to prevent weight gain while promoting a lean body composition. Whey protein helps to reduce glucose absorption time into the bloodstream to prevent hunger, according to the Whey Protein Institute. Slower glucose absorption can help fight the urge to snack between meals. Consuming whey protein as part of a nutritious diet can help aid in weight-loss efforts. We recommend using a whey protein concentrate like RealMeal GF versus a whey protein isolate, because it includes healthful nutrients that get stripped away during the process that creates the isolate version. There are also several plant based protein available for vegans. These are made from peas, beans, or hemp.

      • marcy says:

        Do you think Garden Of Life Raw Protein has the same effect as whey?

        • Hello Marcy,

          I’m not familiar with the supplement you are asking about. However, RealDose Nutrition is built on the premise that you deserve supplements whose effectiveness can be clearly demonstrated. That is why every ingredient we use is all natural, research-backed and included at the real dose used in clinical studies.

          A 2010 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that whey protein causes a significant reduction in appetite. This is important because reducing hunger and cravings is essential to any effective weight loss effort. The same study demonstrated that when subjects ate a high carbohydrate meal after consuming whey protein, their post meal levels of both glucose and insulin were lowered.

          Because of this, we feel that our RealDose RealMeal is a wise addition to the busy person’s daily menu. Find out more about RealMeal here: Make it a healthy day!

  49. margaret says:

    I have similer problems to a lady who was not getting many results from the formula, she asked if it was because she was 79. You did not reply. As a 82 year old this would be significant to me

    • Hello Margaret,

      Thank you for writing in. The time frame to reach successful results varies by individual, regardless of age. Success with Weight Loss Formula No. 1 can often take longer than you might expect, as your hormones and body need to re-adjust and respond to the changes you are making. Many customers tell us they only start seeing results after taking Formula No. 1 for two to three months or more. A healthy rate of weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week, so keep that in mind when you set your expectations.

      Weight loss is never easy, and can sometimes be extremely frustrating. I have found that one of the best ways to succeed is by getting support from knowledgeable, caring people who can help with your challenges and keep you on track toward your goals. I am very excited to let you know we are offering support through our new “Healthy Life Program”. This program is designed to provide health/weight loss education and support to current customers.

      As part of the Healthy Life Program you will receive:
      12 weeks of Complimentary Group Support with a Realdose Healthy Life Specialist
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      To take advantage of our Healthy Life Program, please contact call our customer care line at 800-928-5580 or email us at (subject line: Healthy Life Program.) Have a healthy day!

  50. Devi says:

    Nuts are a great source of protein along with avocado’s. Soaking nuts releases much more of the nutrients. There are 18 opiates in wheat. No wonder so many like grians! This from a little book called GRAIN DAMAGE. Can’t remember the author.
    Barbara Stitt (Paul’s wife) also has a great book on behaviour and diet.
    Interesting that the body is living on what it took in 2 weeks ago as everything must be processed and broken down. It will store amino acids in the liver and when a protein is needed it constucts it from the available stores. Facinating!

  51. Shirley Copland says:

    WOW!!!!! Talk about misleading information!!! I was never a great breakfast person (even though every diet or healthy eating programme said that was the worst thing to do) until I went to Weight Watchers and I have now trained myself beautifully to enjoy a bowl of WW cereal with a few of my own extra yummy things added(pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, chai seeds, almond slivers, bran, cranberries and LSA) with fresh fruit and yoghurt and also, I now love Molenberg, Goodness of grain bread for my toast or ‘healthy’ sandwich for lunch……..after reading your information on both the ‘deadly’ wheat, grains etc and now cereal, I feel quite sick!! I am not even going to ask if a big brand name like Weight Watchers could possibly not know how their cereal is processed as they run a multi million dollar business recommending these ‘toxic’ products. So now I have to give up my cereal and my toast which I am more than happy to do but for egg whites and veges for breakfast???? I have read all the comments and find it all really interesting but just so daunting changing lifelong habits. What’s wrong with the egg yolk? You say to leave the egg whole as opposed to scrambled but then you keep suggesting whites only, what do you suggest we do with the yolk, throw it away?

    • Hello Shirley,

      Thanks for sharing the story of your journey to optimal eating habits. In regard to making further changes, keep in mind that I am offering what current clinical studies have found to be true. Whenever you use eggs, keep the yolk unbroken. When broken yolks are cooked cholesterol in the yolk is oxidized. The cooked yolk then produces toxic cholesterol by-products that are far more dangerous than cholesterol itself.

      A study found that women who consumed fried or scrambled eggs and omelets had an increased risk of ovarian cancer.* So poached or hard-boiled whole eggs are fine; otherwise, use egg whites only (they give you high-quality protein and are fat-free). If you think egg whites are boring, check out the recipes for omelets and frittatas—you’ll never miss the yolk with all the added vegetables, herbs, and other ingredients, which also give you the phytonutrients.

      Uses for the leftover egg yolks include: facial masks, hair conditioner, tempura paint, or a treat for your dog or cat.

      Make it a healthy day!

  52. Rosemary says:

    Question re use of whey powder for someone who is allergic to milk and milk products….causes intestinal agony.
    Should someone allergic to milk avoid whey powder…or what kind of substitute could be used?

    • Hello Rosemary,

      Because whey protein is derived from milk, a proprietary full spectrum enzyme blend has been included, which contains lactase and proteases. This blend aids in the digestion of the small amount of lactose present and helps to assist in the breakdown and assimilation of the various high quality proteins found in milk. Those who are sensitive to milk products may be able to tolerate this whey protein; however, if you are allergic to milk and milk products, use RealMeal™ under the guidance of your health care practitioner.

      There are also several plant based protein available for vegans. These are made from peas, beans, or hemp.

  53. Jere says:

    What about something like the brand “fit and active” protein meal bars?

    • Hello Jere,

      I read the nutritional data online for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar. It did not give an ingredient list for the product, so it is hard to say if this would be a good choice. Ideally, you would want to stay away from any protein bars that list a high number of sugar type ingredients (dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup, dextin, invert sugar, maltodextrin, malt syrup, or honey just to name a few). They could react in your body as if you just ate a candy bar. Hope this helps. Make it a healthy day!

  54. michael says:

    Hi I have to say I am surprised that cereal has become our next enemy or poison breakfast meal but are you saying that all kind of cereals are not dangerous to eat or are there some other cereal that is healthy and good to eat in the morning?

    • Hi Michael,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! Cereals or grains that have gone the least amount of processing are healthier in the sense that they still have their dietary fibers and nutrients intact. Also, heat and extrusion introduced during the manufacturing process tends to alter the cereals which causes them to produce toxins. Whole or non processed grains and seeds are healthy choices for your breakfast or meals. Some examples are: Wheat, Chia, FLax, Buckwheat, Rye, Oats and Brown rice. Have a healthy day!

  55. Jeff says:

    I’m curious…I just watched another video you did concerning eggs & egg whites. The video stated that the yolk is better for you than just the whites and that farm eggs or eggs laid by chickens that roam free are very good for you yet you didn’t have them in the proteins for breakfast and when you listed them in a response to another post here on this page you only listed egg whites…just the opposite of what your video said. Can you please clarify? Thanks

    • Hi Jeff,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! I am sorry for the confusion regarding the eggs in our daily meals. Eggs, with the yolks unbroken, are a healthy source of protein. You can have the either boiled or poached, so long as the yolks remain intact throughout the cooking process. When broken yolks are cooked cholesterol in the yolk is oxidized. The cooked yolk then produces toxic cholesterol by-products that are far more dangerous than cholesterol itself. If that is not readily available use only the egg whites for their protein. I hope this clears things up! Have a healthy day ahead!

  56. Mohammede Shoaib says:

    Dear Dr. Sisskind:
    I read with interest your informative and analytical article,” Eating Cardboard is healthier than breakfast cereal”. I eat as a mix Fibre One & Shreaded Wheat in a milk. According to your article, the cereals I take are processede cereals. How I can change this breakfast habbits? Where I can get Whey protein like real meal GF, Vegans, Chai seeds?
    Thanks for your help.

    Mohammed Shoaib
    Fayetteville, GA

    • Hi Mohammede,

      Thank you for taking an interest with our RealDose Products! There are a number of ways to change your breakfast menu without having to go through extra ordinary measures. For one thing, you can substitute your cereals with fresh vegetables and fruits. Adding hard boiled or poached eggs into your breakfast can make it hearty and will last you for a while. Also, There are a number of smoothies you can make at home and take that to work. Chia and Flax seeds can be bought at most supermarkets or ordered online. For the RealMeal GF, you can visit our page for your orders:

      I hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  57. Judy Stefencavage says:

    What about Oatmeal, Quaker mothers oats oatmeal, not the quick but the regular. Or there are oatmeals out there that say they are healthier like steel cut oats.

    • Hi Judy,

      Thank you for sharing your concerns with us! Steel cut oats are a great way to start your day. They are packed full of fibers and still have their nutrients intact. Whole grains contain all the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked),it’s likely the food product would lose nutrients that are found in the original grain seed. There are variety of whole grain products you can choose from such as rye, barley, corn and buckwheat, to name a few. Seeds such as Flax and Quinoa are also great sources of fibers and can be used in a variety of ways. I hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!

  58. Angel says:

    You mention 2 studies in this article. Any chance you have the name of those studies or a link to them?

  59. Victoria D Matlock says:

    I was Looking for something Healthy that did not include pork or beef to eat with my Breakfast can u help

    • Hi Victoria,

      Thank for writing in and for sharing your concern! How do you feel about eggs and/or egg whites? Poached or boiled eggs are a great staple for breakfast. Just be sure to keep the yolks whole as cooked in gentle heat. Breaking the yolks and cooking them in rapid heat, as you would scrambled eggs, would result to oxidation. The cooked yolk then produces toxic cholesterol by-products that are far more dangerous than cholesterol itself. So poached or hard-boiled whole eggs are perfectly. Otherwise, use egg whites only (they give you high-quality protein and are fat-free) when you feel like eating a lighter breakfast. Lastly, vegetables are also a great breakfast accompaniment. They are packed full or vitamins, nutrients and dietary fibers which are all good for you. You can choose the kinds of veggies you like, just be sure to steer clear of the starchy variety and have them prepared in a healthy way.

      I hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  60. Jose Martucci says:

    I thought that whey protein and soy and milk products had GMO’S and could cause problems with allergist and immune system problems.

    Personally I believe that veritable are a better source of protein in the morning…. other than that it was a great film!!! I would recommended ti to my family.

    • Hello Jose,

      Thank you for your feedback. You are correct. Soy can be GMO. And milk and whey protein can be affected by cows that are fed GMO feed. However, it is possible to find non-GMO sources of all three. If a person has issues with allergies with any of these products, there are alternatives. Many people find that goat milk or nut milks are a tasty alternative to cow milk. I would be interested in hearing what types of items you have for breakfast. And I thank you very much for joining in the conversation. May you have a blessed day!

  61. Mark says:

    I am trying to like this page. I get an error about a blocked link which prevents me from liking the page.

  62. Jacqueline Edgin says:

    Are Quaker oats and the hot Quaker oats cereals a good breakfast choice?

    • Hello Jackie,

      Ideally, if you are going to eat grains, they should be as close to how they are in nature as possible. Steel cut oats are a better option for your cereals than flakes. If you look at the labels, they will seem fairly equal, carbohydrate, fiber and protein are nearly the same for steel cut vs. rolled oats. The crux of the matter is the processing. Because rolled oats are so heavily processed, they end up being higher on the glycemic index which can lead to blood glucose spikes. Because the fiber in the steel cut variety slows down the digestive process and allows your blood sugar levels to remain on a more even keel, it is a better choice for your wake-up meal.

  63. Shirley W says:

    Dr. Sisskind – Such exceptional information! I’ve never liked “breakfast” cereal, so I guess I’m lucky not to have developed a “taste/addiction” for it. I did not know the info about broken egg yolks either! Thank you for all the pertinent, healthful information. One question I have is that you recommend cherry, blueberry and pomegranate concentrates. I understood that concentrates were not the healthiest because usually the manufactures hide sugar in the ingredients and do not need to disclose it when they say the product is “concentrated.” Isn’t that true? Where would one find these recommended concentrates?

    • Hello Shirley,

      Thank you for writing in with your comments and positive feedback. When it comes to cherry, blueberry and pomegranate concentrates, whenever you can choose brands that are organic and where it is made only from the juice mentioned and is not a blend. For instance, a pomegranate concentrate has 9 grams of carbohydrate per serving (1 tablespoon) vs. pomegranate juice (which can be a blend of pomegranate and other juices like apple) has 30 grams of carbohydrate per serving. Big difference. You can find the concentrates in a well-stocked local grocery or health food store. If there is not one in your area, all of those concentrates can be found on Amazon. May your day be healthy!

  64. Renee Gangeness says:

    I can hardly wait to show this video to my husband and my next door neighbor who both eat lots of cereal. For me, however, I eat alot of oatmeal, both steel and rolled. Does the same hold true for them?


    • Hi Renee,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your thoughts with us! I am glad that you have found the video helpful and enlightening. Please feel free to share them with your friends and loved ones. Now to the oats, I usually recommend whole grains which contain all the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. This is largely due to the fact that too much processing rids them of their natural nutrients (dietary fibers included) and the stress (heat and/or extrusion) which they go through also makes them change, and not for the better.

      I understand that you are used to eating either steel cut or rolled oats and do encourage you to gradually make the shift to whole grains. By doing it slowly, you get used to the taste and texture as well as allow your stomach to adjust accordingly.

      I hope this helps, Renee! Have a healthy day!

  65. Margaret Maulin says:

    I appreciate you suggestions BUT what if you have high cholesterol and are lactose intolerant, especially to yogurt and soft cheeses?

    • Hi Margaret,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! Vegetables are a great source of protein and are low in fat. You may also use beans, peas as well as raw buts and seeds as a protein source. This would be a good addition to your breakfast and lunch meals. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

    • Hello Margaret,

      Thank you for writing in. I encourage you to expand your view of what foods could be “counted” as breakfast. Ideally, one should aim for approximately 20+ grams of protein in their first meal of the day.

      Some suggestions for breakfasts that take into account high cholesterol and lactose intolerance:
      Smoothie made with a quality non-whey based protein powder. (Look for one that has at least 15-17 grams of protein.) Add chia seeds to up the protein.
      Beans and vegetables, sprinkled with goat cheese.
      Chicken and vegetables
      Vegetables, 1/2 c. of quinoa and goat cheese.

      I hope this helps. Keep in touch. I would love to hear what worked for you.

  66. Sarah Kasab says:

    A quick question about whey protein: I make homemade yogurt and then strain it over a container to thicken it. Does the whey that gathers in the container have any nutritional value in a smoothie? Is it the equivalent of a liquid version of whey protein, or is powdered whey protein a better choice?

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! I would not recommend that you use the whey from your homemade yogurt, per se, though you are free to do so. They have some nutritional value and contain lactalbumins as well as some minerals not trapped in your yogurt. If you add your whey liquid into a smoothie, for example, you are adding some of the protein but also fat. Powdered Whey protein is a better choice as it is essentially leaner. It is not exactly a liquid version but more of a diluted (more liquid or water) version. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  67. yvonne says:

    does that include oatmeal?

    • yvonne says:

      in regards to shifting from oatmeal to whole grains, what are examples of the ‘whole grains’?
      are you saying the oatmeal is lacking nutrients and is toxic like cereal?
      thank you!

      • Hi Yvonne,

        Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! Great examples of whole grains are wheat, barley, rye and buckwheat. Whole grains are grain seeds which still has its parts (bran, germ and endosperm) intact or has gone through minimal processing. Oatmeal is not outright toxic, but, once it has been processed extensively (crushed, rolled, cooked and/or extruded) chances are the essential nutrients and vitamins in them have been seriously depleted or destroyed. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

    • Hello Yvonne,

      Yes, if your choice of oatmeal has been extensively processed, then it is highly likely to be less healthy. However, if they have gone through minimal processing and has all of its components, they are good to be taken early in the day. Have a healthy day!

  68. Linda says:

    Oh My word. This has scared me straight about the most important meal of the day (and explained a few things too). I have been prediabetic for two years. The symptoms of skin sensitivity especially in my back sounds likely largely due to the cereals I ate for breakfast all my life! The toxins that have been making me ill. WOW, Thanks for the enlightenment!

    • Hi Linda,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your thoughts with us! Yes, commercially prepared breakfast cereals do contain sugars and other additives which can cause a sharp rise in your blood sugar levels as well as fan the flames of inflammation. Opt for whole grains as as much as possible and seeds. Chia and flax are packed full of fibers and you can have them early in the day in your salad or smoothie. Have a healthy day!

  69. Nicola Chandler says:

    Dear Stephen
    In the list of better breakfast choices at the end of the presentation the obvious omission was eggs. Was this deliberate? If so why?

    Thank you

    • Hi Nicola,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! In the presentation, we did not purposely leave out eggs. Instead we opted to highlight healthier breakfast options for every one. We all know that eggs are practically a breakfast pillar and it can be a good source of protein when cooked the right way. Whenever you use eggs, keep the yolk unbroken. When broken yolks are cooked cholesterol in the yolk is oxidized. The cooked yolk then produces toxic cholesterol by-products that are far more dangerous than cholesterol itself.

      Poached and boiled eggs are great breakfast options and can also be added into your other recipes. Try to keep your yolks whole during the cooking process and make sure they do not come into contact with direct heat. This is because the fat from the yolks turn into Cholesterol Oxidation products which in turn increases your risk of developing cancer or cardiovascular disease. The same goes with other animal fats such as butter or the rendered fat from your meat products.

      Hope this helps, Nicola! Have a healthy day!

  70. Dani says:

    Thank you for writing about this and getting the word out. I learned of these studies several years ago but knew long before that that cereal was junk based on how I felt upon eating it. I have also read that cereal was initially developed as a cheap way to feed a large population – in particular the prisoners at local prisons in/near Battle Creek, MI – and had nothing to do with nutrition, despite what slick advertising campaigns try to lead us to believe.

  71. TV says:

    I can’t find any such paper in PUBMED. What’s the cite?

    • Hi TV,

      Thank you for posting your question! You can find our research on RealDose Weight Loss Formula No.1 and other related articles on the “research” tab on our website:

      You can also find Paul Stitt’s book “Fighting the Food Giants” online and in popular online shops. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  72. Amalia Hill says:

    What about when you are vegan for more than 22 years, cannot touch and do not wish to have any of those products?everything sounds excellent about the cereals and I agree in all of this, but cannot use the advice for animal products. Thanks for the information.


    • Hi Amalia,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! I completely understand where you are coming from and do appreciate you for posting your question. You can easily omit the animal products suggested and substitute these with beans, lentils, nuts and vegetables high in protein, where possible. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  73. sasha says:

    does this include oats for porridge??

    • Hi Sasha,

      Thank you for writing in! Oats are a great breakfast option and we do recommend one 1/2 cap serving each day. This is because whole grains contain all the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked),it’s likely the food product would lose nutrients that are found in the original grain seed. However, if you plan to use oats for porridge, steel cut works best as it is packed full of fibers and will help with digestive health. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  74. Ellen Cayzer says:

    The thought of what coco puffs or lucky charms cereals do to the body is rather frightening. Often grandparents are the culprit in feeding these products to children. They have the grand-kids for a week in the summer so load the shopping cart with so to speak “kids food”. Talk about killing with kindness. I have two wonderful grandchildren. One is 8 and the other 3. I have a deep desire for them to be healthy and happy with full tummies.

    I remember when my daughter was about 5 years old she spent 3 days with in-laws. My husband and I left her in their good care. They purchased a box of fruit loops. Kids food right! We returned and the following morning she had an absolute hissy fit. I WANT MY FRUIT LOOPS. at the top of her lungs.

    When my mom was alive she usually cooked up rolled oats for my dads breakfast. After she passed away he ate bran flakes because he did not have an interest or knowledge about cooking. Often older folks eat cereal because it is something they can eat quickly without all the food prep. My grandparents did the same thing. Health issues ensued. Quick and easy food. A bowl of cereal vs some mush. OK downhill you go.

  75. ken griffiths says:

    What about high fiber cereal? Steel cut oats i know are healthy but my wife and i gained some unwanted pounds with it thanks for your reply! Ken

    • Hi Ken,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your thoughts! I am not certain of the product you are referring to but do know that some high fiber cereal are a mix of grains to give you the maximum amount per serving. That said, it is highly likely that the products have undergone extensive processing and may have lost their nutrients. I do suggest that you instead look to vegetables for your fiber needs. Green leafy ones work best and fruits also pack a lot of fiber in them as well as phytonutrients. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  76. Anne says:


    I enjoyed your article about breakfast cereals. What about oatmeal???

    Thanks for the info.


    • Hi Anne,

      Thank you for writing in and for posting your question! Oats, including steel cut ones, are great addition to a healthy breakfast. We generally recommend half a cup per day. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  77. Heather says:

    So many scary food stories these days… I was just wondering if cream of wheat is also part of the Bad cereals? Thanks!

    • Hi Heather,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! Generally, we recommend a half cup of whole grains early in the day to help get you ready for the day. While cream of wheat is high in fiber and made of all the essential parts of the grain, wheat itself may negatively impact your heath by inciting inflammation or hindering your weight loss progress. Instead, I do recommend that you try other cereal grains such as rice (wild, brown or any colored rice), barley, rye and seeds chia or flax, to start our day. You can either soak them overnight to soften or cook over low heat for your porridge. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  78. Iboro says:

    Hey doc it looks like the research shows we should start eating cardboard and stop taking synthetic vitamins…

    • Hi Iboro,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your thoughts with us! I am deeply sorry for the confusion and would like to clarify. While the research does show that cardboard may contain more nutrients than commercially prepared cereal, it does not actually make it safe for human consumption and should not be favored over real food. Also, while synthetic vitamin can impart many health benefits, we firmly believe that it is always best to get your vitamins and essential nutrients from natural and healthy sources. Hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!

  79. Glen says:

    WOW! And here the wife and I thought we were GREAT parents on such a low budget by purchasing top so called brands like ‘Honey Bunches of Oats, and ‘Harvest Crunch’ and ‘Oatmeal Crisp’….I grew up on porridge…kids hate it lol

    • Hi Glen,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your thought with us! I certainly know what you mean. Imagine my surprise to find out the exact same thing while I was doing my research. Don’t be too hard on yourself and slowly steer your kids to healthier breakfast options moving forward. Have a healthy day!

  80. Ann says:

    I eat organic QUICK COOKING OATS by our supermarket brand, Coles.
    We don’t have a lot of choice when it comes to shopping here in Australia, compared to the US shops.
    We only have a handful of brands that make breakfast foods like cereals and oats.
    I suspect the QUICK COOKING option is not as healthy as the steel cut one, but I just hate chewing on whole oats, they’re always tough and my jaw hurts! I hate things like muesli and granola too, for the same reason. I only like the texture and consistency of something SMOOTH, that is why I always eat quick cooking oats, they’re mushy like baby good – I can never get that consistency with whole oats… And I am hungry after this breakfast 2 hrs later…
    When I eat a couple of eggs, cooked in any way, I am then hungry only 4-5 hrs later. Clearly, protein wins in the filling-up stakes!

    • Hi Ann,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your thoughts with us! I know what you mean about chewing on whole oats! Kidding aside, quick cooking oats my not be as healthy as the rolled or steel cut variety but they still do have good benefits to impart. For one, they are packed full of fiber and can help make your toilet habits regular. I do suggest that you add either 1 piece of fruit and an egg to help tide you over until your next meal or snack. If you are open to the idea, a snack consisting of a handful of nuts, berries or sliced vegetables are all healthy options for you. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  81. Tora Sue Knisely says:

    I was shocked when I read your statement. I enjoy a store brand chocolate puffed rice similar to Rice Crispcy’s. I was very sad to learn that they have little nutritional value.

  82. Finding: BUSTED
    Explanation: Although health-conscious parents have perpetuated the notion that the sugar-coated cereal Junior begs for has less nutritional value than the box it’s in, the idea probably started with Paul A. Stitt. In 1982, the biochemist published Beating the Food Giants, which mentions an unpublished study claiming that rats subsisting on cereal box cardboard outlasted rats eating nothing but cornflakes.

    MythBusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage almost put the nutritional notion to a taste test, but decided to forgo cereal and cardboard diets. Instead, using a calorimeter that measures — you guessed it — calories by calculating the heat something produces when it burns, Jamie and Adam calculated that their sugary cereal contained about 20 percent more energy than the box.

    Next up, they compared the protein, fat, starch and sugar content of each. For each nutrient, the cereal beat out the box. Not surprisingly, the sweet flakes shined the most in the sugar and starch categories.

    Cereal isn’t necessarily the breakfast of champs, but there isn’t a spoonful of truth to this busted myth.

    Just a thought. *exits stage left*

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