Hot Cereal

Tired of eggs & bacon? How about a bowl of hot cereal? I tested three commercial products and a recipe from about.com Low Carb Diets.

Test Procedure – I made the Flax-Z-Snax and Sensato hot cereal the same way (regardless of the instructions): I used 1/3 cup of mix and added 1 1/2 times as much water, then cooked it in a microwave for a minute and fifteen seconds. I then stirred it and microwaved again for another minute and 15 seconds. I made the LC-Hot Cereal the same way, but used just 1/4 cup and added 1/2 cup water. I added one or two tablespoons of heavy whipping cream to each hot cereal. I added a few drops of liquid splenda to each cereal other than Sensato, which had adequate sweetener already.

Test and Analysis Results The table below ranks the hot cereal I tested from top to bottom based on how much they raised my blood glucose. The table shows the price of a package of hot cereal and where I bought it. The table also shows the carb counts claimed by the manufacturer for a single serving. Carb counts are all in grams; CHO is carbohydrate; F+SA is Fiber and Sugar Alcohol

Hot Cereal Summary

Product Average Increase in Blood Glucose Claimed Carb Count Cost/serving
Manufacturer mg/dL CHO F+SA Net Store
Hot Pumpkin “Cereal”

About.com

  
13 7 6
LC-Hot Cereal

LC Foods

 4    
8 8 0 $7.95/8oz
LC Foods
Apple Cinnamon Hot Cereal

Sensato

 6      
17 9+3 5 $6.49/12oz
netrition.com
Cinnamon Spice Hot Cereal

Flax-Z-Snax

 12           
13 12 1 $7.99/lb.
LoCarbU

The Winner

Hot Cereal Statistics

Measured differences in ΔBG between these products were not terribly significant. Still, About.com Hot Pumpkin “Cereal” was the clear winner, raising my blood glucose only 2 mg/dl on average. I added the optional flax seed meal to this when I tested it, along with a teaspoon of cinnamon and a few drops of liquid Splenda. Claimed carb counts in the table for this recipe are based on my own nutrition analysis.

LC Hot Cereal costs about $1/oz and Sensato Hot Cereal about half as much, but LC Hot Cereal seemed to expand a lot more than Sensato so I used just 1/4 cup a serving for LC Hot Cereal and 1/3 cup a serving for Sensato. While these products caused my blood glucose to go up a little more than About.com Hot Pumpkin “Cereal”, they were easier and quicker to make.

The LC Hot Cereal had a slimy consistency that put me off. I wish there was a nicer way of saying this. I really like LC Foods and what they are doing, so I hesitate to mention slime – especially given all the negative press lately about pink slime – but to be fair, I feel I must point this out, and I couldn’t think of a better way to describe it.

I might get used to LC Hot Cereal. When I first tried Cinnamon Spice Hot Cereal from Flax-Z-Snax, I didn’t like it, but I grew to really enjoy it and it was my mainstay breakfast for years.

Cinnamon Spice Hot Cereal from Flax-Z-Snax raised my blood glucose twice as much as any of the others. Also, netrition.com had an independent lab test done on another Flax-Z-Snax hot cereal and found that the net carb count was significantly higher than Fax-Z-Snax claimed. I don’t plan to use it any more.

One Response to Hot Cereal

  1. De Roberts

    I love the concept of your site! I eat mostly unprocessed food, but everyone needs some flexibility, variety and the occasional treat. The pumpkin breakfast sounds particularly appealing, and I just clicked through to About.com Low Carb and printed out the recipe.

     

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