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Busy Woman’s Guide to Cheerios and Cholesterol

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Eating Cheerios can reduce your cholesterol by 10 percent in a month.

Here’s some good news! Eating a cereal you loved as a kid can help you be more healthy as an adult! Recent clinical studies indicate “eating two 1 1/2 cup servings of Cheerios daily, as part of a reduced calorie diet low in fat, lowered LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, about 10 percent in one month. Cheerios is the only leading ready-to-eat cereal clinically proven to lower cholesterol.”

So, go ahead, eat some Cheerios! In fact, buying a box of Cheerios can help women who cannot afford to have cholesterol testing. For each box of Cheerios purchased, the company will donate $1 to screen uninsured and underserved women. Simply enter the code on the box at the Cheerios Circle of Helping Hearts Web site.

Great breakfast - great cause!

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I assume this is the regular Cheerios, with no added sugar or honey? How many people actually eat the plain Cheerios without added sweetener? It doesn't count to eat the Honey Nut Cheerios or other flavored-Cheerios, correct?

Do the recent clinical studies say that eating TWO 1 1/2 cup servings of Cheerios should replace TWO meals? I'm questioning, this, because ONE serving of Cheerios is ONE cup...and they are recommending that individuals eat MORE THAN TWICE the SINGLE-SERVING of cereal, which means the options are:
1) supersize your breakfast with cereal by doubling the serving size,
2) substitute another meal with another bowl of cereal?!

This does not equate to a well-balanced diet, and is concerning to me. If someone eats a "regularly balanced dinner" of only vegetables (they have already met their carbohydrate and dairy/protein requirements with two servings of cereal that day), then is this a diet people can really stick with? Imagine every day: breakfast=Cheerios. lunch=Cheerios. dinner=veggies only. If there is another way to eat two servings of cereal every day, then how to do this without increasing calorie consumption; what is given up?

Is this one of those studies that works well in the laboratory, but is difficult/impossible to replicate in the real-world setting?

Is this potentially sacrificing one health behavior for the benefit of another?

May 26, 2009 - 12:25pm
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