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End of Week Round up

March 27, 2010

Some thoughts about the week past:

More Diet Dr. Pepper than you can shake a stick at:

I am so excited to announce that my local 7-11 has added Diet Dr. Pepper to the fountain.  I am now able to properly quench my super sized thirst!  Thank you 7-11.  This could be the only 7-11 north of the Mason-Dixie Line with both Diet Dr. Pepper and Dr. Pepper on it.  Certainly the only one in Canada!

By the way, I love in the photo the breakdown on refill prices… based on 53 oz or more??!?!

Oh Cheerios, why did you have to go there!?!?:

When I discovered that my favorite cereal, which I thought was only a half sugared cereal was actually the worst of the worst, I was devastated.  I love Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, but they have the same amount of sugar as Froot Loops and 10 more calories for the same 30 grams!!

So, although Cheerios may be healthy, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios certainly aren’t.  Why I bring this up is that I had to sit through the most annoying ad tonight, showing people eating Honey Nut Cheerios with suggestions that making healthy choices doesn’t have to taste bad… no, it can taste like sweetios!!  Well, Honey Nut Cheerios are a little better than Apple Cinnamon, coming in at the same number of calories, but only 10 grams of sugar instead of 12… still, very far from healthy.  For reference, the ‘healthy’ cheerios, the ones that were tested to see if they lowered cholesterol have only 1 gram of sugar!

What really pissed me off is there new entry into the healthy food category.  Chocolate Cheerios!  Yep, the new healthy choice is chocolate Cheerios.  See for yourself:

Is is just me or do they have a heart on the package!??!

Yep, same heart as on the website…  So, the claim is that eating chocolate cheerios may reduce the risk of heart disease.  Chocolate Cheerios are better than their sugary predecessors, in fact, they have now gotten them down to 9 grams of sugar and 100 calories.  That is in actual fact a significant approval over the Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, but again compared to the 1 gram of sugar in regular Cheerios and the fact that regular Cheerios have twice the fibre, this option still looks to be a loser.

So, where do they get off making the following claim?

One delightful serving of Chocolate Cheerios® has9 grams of sugar and is a heart-healthy choice for your whole family.*

Oh, maybe the answer is wherever we find the other asterisk…

*Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.

What?!!? Are they kidding… seriously, to claim that you are creating heart healthy products is just being low in saturated fat and cholesterol?!?!

So, is this our next heart healthy menu item?

Regular cereals are regularly healthy, check the fibre density before buying ANY cereal.  Sugared cereals are NEVER healthy.  If your cereal has sugar in it (they all do), make sure it has more fibre than sugar.

Kellogg’s quit trying to leverage the name of a healthy, unsweetened product to try to make money off of much less healthy choices.  It is wrong!

Kirstie Alley’s Organic Liaison

This week marks the beginning of what will be an ongoing analysis of Organic Liaison, as well as the premiere of Kirstie’s new show.  Ratings aren’t good so far, so we may not be treated to many more episodes of this train wreck interesting show…

Rogues Gallery and Exercise Devices

Just a heads up, but it was clearly an oversight of mine to leave the exercise devices out of the Rogues Gallery for the inaugural class.  This will soon be rectified, beginning with the review of the 3 minute legs.

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