Last Tuesday, January 24th was National Peanut Butter Day. Peanut butter is comfort food to most Americans and found in 3/4 of our pantries nation wide. We grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, enjoyed it with apples or celery and love it with milk chocolate. In the United States alone, we consume about 700 million pounds of peanut butter annually. (www. peanut-institute.org)
Peanut Butter is known for it’s nutrition and inexpensive cost. The largest downfall of peanut butter is that it is an allergen that can be lethal to those who are allergic. In our school district, children eating peanut products at lunch time must sit at a designated table. Shared snacks and lunches brought on school grounds must be peanut free. Some small children must be “protected” from peanut butter.
Never-the-less General Mills decided that peanut butter would be a great addition to their growing line of Cheerios flavors (including apple cinnamon, banana nut, cinamon burst, dulce de leche, honey nut, chocolate, berry burst, fruitty, yogurt, frosted and crunch). After trying the Multi Grain Peanut Butter Cheerios with milk I have to say thank-you to General Mills. My favorite childhood cereal, Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, has returned! These Cheerios have no added flavor and only claim peanut butter and peanut oil as the peanut butter flavor. Peanut Butter Multi Grain Cheerios are sweet and have a light sugar coating. Sugar is listed as the 2nd ingredient and when compared to yellow box Cheerios, there are 8 more grams of carbohydrates, 30 more calories and the same amount of fiber, protein and fat.
Nutritionally, the Peanut Butter Multi Grain Cheerios are not as nutrient dense as the yellow box Cheerios; nor can they be labeled “reducing heart disease”, but they are a fairly healthy breakfast option. Most importantly, they taste good.
Pictures comparing yellow box to Peanut butter flavor (nutritionally)