Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Eat this, please.

I have this cereal in my pantry...

I would like to meet the person who decided it would be a good idea to make cereal out of a candy bar. Serious sicko! And I know you're thinking I'm encouraging the sicko's behavior by buying it. Before you throw more guilt my way, let me tell you this. Reese's Puffs cereal is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Some of which are difficult to get enough of even with a nutritious balanced diet. 

Dr Sears says this about choosing cereals for your child.

Yes, cereal is a favorite family breakfast food, but think about what nutrients cereals are the best source of. The list includes: fiber, protein, folic acid, zinc, iron, and B-vitamins. Most other nutrients can be found just as readily, if not more easily, in other foods. You don't need to get your daily vitamin C or calcium from your cereal bowl. Choose cereals that are highest in the nutrients cereals do best. 

I have a child who is seriously anemic. She needs iron in large quantities and Ferrous Sulfate drops don't work for her in the quantity that she would require to raise her iron levels. Since she won't eat iron-rich foods or take vitamins, I'm stuck sneaking it in tempting sugary cereals and slipping some iron drops in her hot chocolate. (Yes, she gets a hot chocolate a day. Don't get me started on that one. It's the only way I've been able to hide the terrible tasting iron drops.) But it's working! She is eating this cereal every morning. It gives the average adult 25% of the recommended daily allowance of iron. That's huge for my little girl and will, along with the hidden drops, hopefully get her out of the deficiency she is in. It's not as good as a vitamin or ferrous sulfate drops, but it's the best we can do. One thing I've learned about raising a child with special needs...things aren't always what they seem. I wouldn't have touched this cereal with a ten foot pole before J came along. And now it's breakfast!


  1. My kids eat this cereal. It's the junkiest one they eat for breakfast. :) C was anemic at 1 yo so I think about iron too. Frosted mini wheats has 90% ! And cream of wheat has a lot too, I think. I wonder if you could mix cream of wheat with Nutella? My kids also eat nutella on whole wheat. Yeah, chocolate sandwiches. Picky eaters. I try to focus on *weekly* nutrition. :) My pickiest eater is finally starting to try more things at 7 yo... hang in there Mama.

  2. Maybe I should consider eating this cereal, since my iron is extremely low and my doctor is concerned about my anemia. Thanks for the post...lovely blog.
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