Trying to be Fahad is about achieving perfection in an imperfect world. Trying to be Fahad is about exposing those so called health claims made by the food-industry giants to cash in more money from health-pursuing consumers. Trying to be Fahad is making sure you are aware of these things before you fall victim to such absurd health claims. Like I said on a previous post about Voortman Omega-3 Cookies, nothing ticks me off more than products claiming they are good for you, and prove otherwise.
Nestle Fitness Cereal Health Claims:
- Contains Fiber
- Less than 1.5% Saturated Fat
- Source of Vitamins
- Contains Whole Grain
It’s all about the Ingredients
Whenever you go grocery shopping and come upon a product that looks like a great healthy addition to your lifestyle, look at the product’s health claims first , then skim through the ingredients list, followed by the nutrition facts. If things don’t match up, such as my analysis below, then leave it and look for better alternatives.
Each Nestle Fitness Box contains 375g of [supposedly] whole-grain goodness. Here’s the breakdown of those 375g:
Carbohydrates: 294 grams
Sugars: 64.5 grams (22% sugar from total carbohydrate amount)
Fiber: 22.125 grams (0.075% from total carbohydrate amount)
Fat: 5.25 grams
Protein: 31.5 grams
Ingredients: Whole Grain Wheat, Rice, Sugar, Partially Inverted Brown Sugar, Sugar Syrup, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Glucose Syrup, Vitamins & Minerals.
Nestle Fitness Cereal recommends its consumers to eat 30g per serving broken down into the following:
Calories: 112 – Carbohydrates: 23.5 – Sugar: 5.16g – Fat: 0.42 – Fiber: 1.77g – Protein: 2.52g
1) Nestle Fitness contains whole-grain, but not enough to back up it’s claims.
2) Nestle Fitness contains sugar, partially inverted brown sugar, sugar syrup and glucose syrup; 3 types of simple sugars. No wonder it tastes amazing.
3) The fiber content in an entire box isn’t even equal to my fiber intake AT BREAKFAST. Men and women should be ingesting 25g-30g of fiber per day. The fiber per recommended 30g barely exceeds 2 grams.
4) 112 calories is pretty low. This is a good thing.
5) 5g of sugar per serving isn’t high at all. Another plus.
6) The entire box has only 5 grams of fat. WOW, yes this is VERY GOOD.
7) All the health claims Nestle Fitness Cereal makes are (are you ready for this?) true. Why?
a) Nestle Fitness claims it contains fiber, but not high in fiber.
b) Super low in fat.
c) Does contain whole grain cereals, just not enough of it (rice? at least you could’ve used whole-grain rice).
Thank you for not lying Nestle. It’s better than all the rest of the sugar-filled varieties out there, as long as you stick to your daily serving of 30g. Sprinkle 3 teaspoons of flaxseed and add in fresh fruit to increase fiber intake.
Would Fahad eat This?
Nope, unless Nestle decides to change their ingredients such as the one I’m about to propose:
Fahad’s Proposed Ingredient List: Whole-Grain Cereals (Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Brown Rice), Oat Fiber, Psyllium Husk Fiber, Brown Sugar, Partially Inverted Brown Sugar, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Vitamins & Minerals.