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Honey Graham Cracker Bran Cereal is hardy, holds its stature when confronted with nut milk, and has a delicious hint of graham cracker. When you take a bite of this cereal you will find it firm but not crunchy, chewy but doesn’t stick to your teeth, sweet but in an earthy way, grounding and very filling. That is the best way I can describe it. :) It especially pairs well with sliced bananas on top. The hint of graham cracker reminded me of Golden Graham cereal. Are any of you old enough to be familiar with this commercial ~ Honey Golden Grahams When I watched this I was sucked back into a time-warp of memories. That darn jingle was stuck in my head the rest of the day. haha
Commercially made Golden Grahams; Ingredients:
Wheat Whole Grain, Sugar, Corn Meal, Sugar Brown Syrup, Corn Starch Modified, Canola and/or, Rice Bran Oil, Honey, Salt, Baking Soda, Calcium Carbonate, Dextrose, Trisodium Phosphate, Zinc, Iron, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Niacinamide (Vitamin aB), Flavor(s) Artificial, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (HCL), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Palmitate, Folic Acid (Vitamin aB), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, BHT
Ok, I think we can look at the ingredients used to make Golden Grahams and decide quickly, that it is not a cereal made of whole foods. I don’t want to break this complete ingredient list down but I pulled a few out and to take a closer look at what they were.
Flavor(s) Artificial ~ Under the Code of Federal Regulation, natural flavor is defined as any substance, the function of which is to impart flavor, which is not derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof. Any ingredient that does not meet the natural flavoring standards of the Federal Drug Administration is considered artificial. A flavorist who blends chemicals to create an artificial flavoring uses the same chemicals found in a natural flavoring, but the chemicals are produced synthetically. Synthetic alternatives are cheaper to use since the pure natural chemical is essentially identical to the artificial flavoring, just not found naturally. Such synthetic chemicals though unnatural are acceptable for consumption in all restrictive diets ranging from vegan to kosher because they are neither animal nor vegetable. Our bodies do not recognize both artificial and natural flavors so they are not metabolized by our digestive systems.
Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 of the Us. Food and Drug Administration. Title 21. Volume 2. Revised 1 April 2010.
The second ingredient up for grab is BHT, what the heck is that? Check this link out as well as to why a person ought to avoid it and how it is also found in skin care products.
BHT ~ Butylated Hydroxy Toulene (BHT) is used as an antioxidant to retard the rancidity of oil and fats in foods. With emulsifying and stabilizing agents, BHT is a preservative to help maintain the appearance of freshness and consistency of food. BHT is a fat-soluble white crystalline solid that was approved as a food additive and preservative by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1954. There is no taste to the additive. It is a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) additive and with no scientific data proving its carcinogenicity, whether it causes cancer. “Bioassay of Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) for Possible Carcinogenicity.” National Institutes of Health 150 (1979). Print.
I am not a scientist nor do I pretend to be one, though I do have a lab coat, a white wig that stands on end and black horn rimmed glasses…. I just wanted to point out a few things that I have learned. We need to take the time to remind ourselves of just how important it is that we take control of what we put into our bodies. The Honey Graham Cracker Bran Cereal recipe that I came up doesn’t taste exactly like Golden Graham Cereal, but it is a much, much healthier option. One that you can feel good about. :)
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