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maryhappy

Are cereal snacks good for health

Can we trust the products and promises from big snack food industries such as nature valley , fiber one and many other that claim that they love to innovate in order to impove our lives? Are their products a good and healthy choice for young people as a breakfast snack or as an alternative to traditional snacks. What is your opinion?Have you done any reseach on these kind of products, in order to be in position to tell which one is better or if none of them is good enough.



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acitez

Both for finances and for health I tend to stick to simple foods, but I'm not fanatical about it. I bought a box of 36 Nature Valley granola bars about a year ago, and between the 5 of us at home, we just barely finished it. And that includes the three foster kids we had for 2 weeks, and neighbor children who snack here. I think if you eat the convenience foods more than simple foods, then you should probably do some research, but if they are just occasional items, they won't do any harm.

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maryhappy

Interesting reply.Thank you for your time. Well, i bought too from the super market a box of nature valley granola bars. I am trying to improve my family's diet and this the reason i am discussing it here. I really do not want my children to eat something that is supposively healthy.

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acitez

I know that some people do the convenience foods for breakfast because they are so rushed in the morning. At our house, we "moved to another time zone". We get ready for bed an hour earlier than anyone we know during the school year, and get up in plenty of time to eat a real breakfast. This helps with attitude, school performance, weight, and general health.

I don't consider just a bowl of cereal a real breakfast. You need whole grain, fruit, dairy, and nuts or cheese or egg.

My ideal week, which I have achieved once in a while, has oatmeal with fruit and nuts and milk or yogurt on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, then on Tuesday and Thursday egg, toast, juice or fruit, and milk. Saturday some bigdeal pancake, waffle, or french toast extravaganza, and Sunday, cold cereal with milk, juice, and nuts.