I’ve been eating Grape Nuts cereal forever. I don’t know why- it doesn’t have much going for it. No, it is neither grapes nor nuts, but is actually made from wheat, barley and a few other ingredients. There is just something about its simplicity and ability to keep me feeling full that has given it a stable spot in my breakfast routine. I took a break when we couldn’t have milk substitutes but have been eating it again recently with rice milk. (Yes, I know about rice milk dangers- thats another post.)
I bought a new box this week and opened it up. As I was about to pour it into a bowl, I noticed a new blue banner on the top of the box, one I had somehow missed in the store. The banner said, “Now with 8g of Protein!” I literally yelled,” OH NOO!!!” I flipped the box over, wide-eyed, knowing what I would find. SOY! Now filled with 8 grams of isolated soy protein. ARGGGH!! Unbelievable. Grape Nuts jumped on the “lets add protein to cereal bandwagon” with all the rest of the marketing crazies. Usually I do read all ingredient lists. My eyes are amazingly good at spotting the word soybean in a long list of ingredients. I didn’t this time, so it is my own fault.
Thankfully I didn’t eat it. Hannah likes it for breakfast, like mother like daughter I guess, so it won’t totally go to waste. However I don’t feel that great giving it to her, knowing it is full of processed soy. The more I learn about soy, the less I like it.
So the lesson here folks is like I say in all my product lists/reviews: Check anything you buy in the store. Every time! (That goes for me too!)