by Christian Duque
It is important that children and young adults have a nutritious breakfast. After all, we want them to grow up strong and healthy. There are a variety of great, easy-to-prepare, inexpensive meals out there that you can prepare. Unfortunately, that’s not the topic of this article. Today I’m going to talk about cereals that offer kids options like oat cookies and cosmic brownies. You know the basics of good health. That’s right folks, because in a country ravaged by obesity and diabetes in adults, we can consume more and more sugar.
Now, of course, it’s assumed that most people who eat cereal put a splash in it, right? The recommended amount is between half a cup and one cup. Between that amount of dairy plus the negligible amounts of protein and vitamins / minerals in the cereal, coupled with the ridiculous numbers of the RDA when it comes to macros, there is enough food left for a peacock.
The truth is that most cereals are junk. They are practically devoid of nutritional value and when you remove cow’s milk from the equation you are basically eating sugar. In addition, the majority of the milk alternative market today is dominated by almond drinks versus soy drinks. Although soy is said to increase estrogen in extremely high amounts, it does contain a good amount of protein. However, almond milk doesn’t have a lot of protein. Drinking almond milk is basically like drinking water. Most almond drinks only have 1g of protein per cup. So when a child eats a bowl of sugary granola with essentially half a cup of almond water, they are increasing their insulin, getting all of their calories from sugar, getting no protein and no good fats. And the crazy thing is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What a start!
I am sure many of you will remember your school days and I am sure many of you are parents. I know I hope to be one one day. In any case, most school days start around 8 a.m. with lunch around noon, followed by 2-3 hours of lessons. Although classes can be structured at different times of the day, imagine if most of the core classes were in the morning. The sugar spike that is caused by most morning cereals was gone by the time the kids got to school. From there they could sneak in more snacks (all sugar-based) or starve until lunch – and not let me start lunch at school because a lot of the food they wouldn’t give prisoners (remember “pink slime?” ). .
Imagine young children wanting to study while they are essentially starving. I imagine this would play a role in their focus, understanding, and storage of information. It could also be responsible for mood swings, antisocial behavior, and distraction. Again, I’m not a doctor, scientist, nutritionist, or psychiatrist, I’m just a common sense guy who makes rational observations. It’s just one of those things that speaks for itself. Most kids, teens, and even adults who ate a nutritious breakfast would far surpass those who didn’t, but that’s just my opinion.
Unfortunately, convenience determines what many of us eat. There is no judgment here. I understand how busy people are, especially working parents. Many just don’t have the time to cut eggs, old-fashioned oatmeal, fruit, and pour milk and orange juice. For many, the scene I have just described is something today that they would see in a restaurant, perhaps in a good hotel, but certainly not at home, and certainly not every day. The times have changed. There was a time when one parent stayed home, which was a huge endeavor, and the other parent went to work – a huge endeavor too. Both parents did what they had to and the children they raised made America the most powerful country in the world. That changed with Generation X, especially millennials. The economy changed as did society. Being a housewife has lost most of its fame, either to men or to women. Nobody wanted to be stuck at home, and few saw the value in having the children come home to do homework and enjoy family time.
While this article seems geared towards sugary cereals, there’s a lot more going on. Most children these days lack the basics that some of us older people enjoyed. Since both parents work, the children spend more time in school and in daycare, where the food is hardly better than the ready-made meals for the escape at home. While convenience is the trend at home, money is the trend at school – the cheaper the better! After all, what more can you expect from politicians and career bureaucrats? If they could serve sawdust legally, they would. At least that is the sad state in which we live. And it doesn’t get any better, it just gets worse.
It’s bad enough that supermarkets strategically place snacks around checkouts, some right next to the checkout counter, but introducing the cereal-consuming public (who are mostly kids) to oatmeal pies and cosmic brownies kind of sucks. I’m not going to lie when I first saw the concept I was excited but that’s because I’m no different from the next one, I’m addicted to sugar too. However, after processing the overall picture, I put the box back and thought a little. Maybe it’s just granola and maybe it’s something tasty to eat and maybe kids who eat it have eggs, multigrain toast with almond butter and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and maybe this barrel is a bunch of nonsense and we should all know better.
Definitely what do you think of biscuit, oatmeal cake, and honey bun based cereals. To me, it’s almost like a candy version of Marlboro cigarettes or Jack Daniels-themed juice boxes. Maybe there is nothing wrong with that, maybe it is. I look forward to reading your feedback in the comments.