Hey fellow nutritious food seekers! As you all know, there are a million and one food products out there claiming to be the next best food to help you control your weight, manage your cholesterol, lower your blood sugar, etc etc. How do you even know what is what and what is actually good? Welcome to the Healthy Food Review of the Week, where I give you a dietitian’s (and food lover’s) review of some of the foods out there on the market. The goal? Help you make the most informed decision about what you put into your body. Let’s dive in…
Healthy Food Review- Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal: Warm Cinnamon
Certified Organic: Approved by Quality Assurance International. This organization is certified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which sets all standard for organic regulations. The USDA is the grand daddy of these regs, so this is a good thing. Just for the record- for something to be labeled organic, it means it is not processed using banned substances, chemicals, radiation or GMOs. That approved list and other information, if you are interested, can be found here.
Non GMO Project Verified: The Non GMO Project is America’s most well known organization for putting foods under scrutiny as to whether or not they use genetically modified organisms in their food production. Kashi H to H gets the stamp of approval here! (Note, there is a lot of controversy about the use of GMO foods in our diet. Read about it here).
American Heart Association Certified – Meets Criteria for Heart Healthy Food: Cereal meets the AHA’s guidelines, which are:
- Total Fat: Less than 6.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g or less and 15% or less calories from saturated fat
- Trans Fat: Less than 0.5 g (also per label serving*). Products containing partially hydrogenated oils are not eligible for certification.
- Cholesterol: 20 mg or less
- Sodium: One of four sodium limits applies depending on the particular food category: up to 140 mg, 240 mg or 360 mg per label serving*, or 480 mg per label serving and per RACC*. See Sodium Limits by Category for details.
- Beneficial Nutrients (naturally occurring): 10% or more of the Daily Value of 1 of 6 nutrients (vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber)
At the Target in my area, you get 12 oz for $3.29. Equates to 27 cents per ounce.
For comparison, a 12 oz box of Cheerios is $2.89. Equates to 24 cents per ounce.
Overall 3 cents less…but you do get a bit more fiber, protein, crunch and ingredient quality from Kashi
The cereal definitely lives up to it’s cinnamon name sake, but it’s not too much. I was pleased, as it gave my palette a sense of my favorite cinnamon flavor! One of the things to note about this cereal is that it gives you more crunch. Think how Kettle Cooked Chips are to Regular Chips. Kashi Heart to Heart is that to Cheerios.
From a weight loss perspective, I think this cereal would definitely satisfy your need for something hearty. You bite in with a good crunch and feel like you are really eating something.
Overall, as cereals go, the nutrition is good. I basically said what I needed to say above, when it comes to it meeting the American Heart Association Heart Healthy Food guidelines.
It is a really good source of fiber, having 4 grams as compared to Cheerios, which has about 2 grams. That being said, this box has < 1 gram soluble fiber, as opposed to Cheerios which has 1. Soluble fiber is the “heart healthy” fiber that helps to lower cholesterol.
Kashi – 5 grams sugar per serving. Cheerios = 1 gram.
Kashi serving size = 3/4 cup. Cheerios = 1 cup. So you essentially get more food per serving with Cheerios, and relatively similar nutrition.
One disappointing factor here of note is that Kashi Heart to Heart cereal USED to be fortified with white grape extract, or “resveretrol.” Resveretrol is a plant anti oxidant known for slowing damage to the vessels of the cardiovascular system. It appears to no longer be there. This use to be their wild card…the thing that made them stand apart. But it is no more…
Another surprising thing I found about the nutrition comparison is that Cheerios ingredient list clearly shows that they fortified the cereal with vitamin A, D, C, folic acid, iron, all the Bs….and Kashi doesn’t.
Wah wahhhhhhhh. Kashi missed the boat on that one! Cheerios is below on the left. Kashi on the right.
Label Claims: A+
Price: B (when compared to similar alternatives)
Nutrition: B+/A- . Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon definitely has good nutrition and gets a good healthy food review, but doesn’t get an A+ because it lacks the vitamins and minerals that other fortified cereals have (like Cheerios), as well as the removal of resveretrol, a heart healthy antioxident
Worth a try, as price isn’t really a huge factor here. They give you the hearty, solid crunch many of us love…but if you’re in love with your Cheerios (or similar cereals), no major reason to switch over!
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