Product Review-New Cheerios Protein Cereals

So I saw at Walmart a few weeks ago that General Mills had two new cereals on the market that were being sold as Cheerios Protein Cereals. So being of course a pre-op patient whom is going to really have to push her protein intake this peeked my interest. But the truth is when you look a little deeper at the actual product, things can be very deceiving.

So the two new flavors they are offering are Cheerios Protein Oats & Honey and also Cheerios Protein Honey & Cinnamon. Now for full disclosure I only personally tried one box the Cheerios Protein Oats & Honey for this article. Now one of the first things you need to read on box is that it contains a nice big red circle that boasts “11 g Protein” but what you might now see right underneath that is the tiny words “with milk”.  Now this is important because without milk that you add the cereal itself only has 7 g of protein which is not unlike alot of other cereals on the market. So to me it felt as if they lure you in thinking you are getting 11 g of protein before you add your cereal, and if you are not a label reader like I am you would be very disappointed.

So the protein is not as much as they claim on the front of the box but when you compare the cereals to regular plain Cheerios the grams of sugars and the high carb count make this cereal a dangerous morning meal for weight loss surgery patients. Here is the break down between the three cereals.

Regular Plain Cheerios- 1 c serving size contains 100 calories, 2 grams fat, 20g carbs, 3g protein, 3g fiber, 1g sugars, 160 sodium

Cheerios Protein Oats & Honey– 1 and 1/4 cup serving size contains 210 calories, 3g fat, 42g carbs, 7g protein, 4g fiber, 17g sugar, 280mg sodium

Cheerios Protein Honey & Cinnamon– 1 and 1/4 cup serving size contains 22 calories, 5g fat, 40g carbs, 7g protein, 3g fiber, 16g sugar, 220mg sodium

While alot of companies these days are all hoping on the protein bandwagon which is great for us weight loss surgery patients, we also have to be mindful that just because it taunts high protein does not mean the sugar and carb count is good for us. While the taste of the cereal is good it is a nice sweet cereal with a great crunch but it is not sickening sweet like your kids version of cereals. But if you are wanting Cheerios and you are watching your weight I would suggest going for your regular Cheerios than wasting your money on the new Protein versions. Even though your regular version of Cheerios may not have but 3g of protein if you drink a full glass of milk with your Cheerios you can add another 8g protein to your breakfast and make it a healthier alternative than the new Protein Cereals they are offering.  For even more protein you could add a unflavored protein powder to your cereal or add some walnuts or almonds to get a little bit more protein in a healthier fashion.

Disclaimer: I do not receive any compensation from anyone for my product reviews currently these are based on my own personal opinions.

 

 

 

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