General Mills just released its newest pride and joy since 2001: Tiny Toast. And while GM claims it will bring you "wholesome morning goodness," we know better than to believe much of anything until we read the label on the box. So, before you abandon your morning bowl of oatmeal, here's the lowdown of this new cereal.
The newest member of the GM cereal family, Tiny Toast reminds us a bit of its older brother, Cinnamon Toast Crunch. However, this miniature toast offers a different kind of sweet essence: rather than being coated in cinnamon, Tiny Toast's sweetness derives from its sprinkles of real fruit powders. Offered in two flavors—blueberry and strawberry—the new product boasts that it doesn't have any artificial colors nor ingredients. But here's a tip to always remember: Just because the ingredients are not artificial does not automatically mean they should be endorsed as healthy….
There is truth behind GM's statement of incorporating whole grain oats; it's actually the first (which means most abundant) ingredient in the cereal itself. Right off the bat, this cereal offers more whole grains than a typical McDonald's breakfast—but Eat This is a bit skeptical of the cereal's sustenance. While ¾ cup clocks in at just 120 calories, it still costs you 9 grams of sugar—the same amount as a ¾ cup serving of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. In addition, one serving only provides a measly 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Is this cereal really going to tide you over until lunch?
While these toasts are indeed tiny, they're still comprised of 13 ingredients—some of which are not as healthy as GM makes them seem. For example, the fifth ingredient is palm oil, which is loaded with saturated fat. Just 1 tablespoon has 6.7 grams of saturated fat, whereas its healthier counterpart, olive oil, only has 1.9 grams. Also, take note of the three sources of sugar in the ingredients list: sugar, fructose and dried strawberry puree. It's no wonder why not even a full cup of the itty bitty cereal breads cost you 9 grams of the sweet stuff! Although cute and trendy, Tiny Toast simply isn't a healthy breakfast idea, and it's officially a Not That!
We do have to applaud General Mills goal for the end of 2017, though, which is to remove artificial ingredients out of all of its cereals. This is most definitely a giant leap in the healthful direction! Tiny Toast may not have received the honorary stamp of approval, but another General Mills product sure did.
Cascadian Farm Organic Ancient Grains Granola is a solid alternative to the Tiny Toast. For 9 grams of sugar, you get a non-GMO granola packed with 3 times the protein and 4 times the amount of fiber. Sure, it may be higher in calories, but you are gaining a notable amount of nutrition per serving size. Try munching on this ol' classic cereal for breakfast to kickstart your day in lieu of feeding into the Tiny Toast rage. For other nutritious morning meal ideas, check out 50 Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss—Ranked!