Michael Ruhlman’s May 24 Food essay, “Breakfast? A spoon full of sugar,” shared unrealistic views about what people eat in the morning.
Cereal is low in calories, nutrient-dense and among the better breakfast choices available. A serving of cereal and a half-cup of skim milk can provide protein and four nutrients most people don’t get enough of: fiber, calcium, vitamin D and potassium. That meal is also 152 calories; a bagel with cream cheese has more than double the calories and saturated fat. Kellogg’s offers more than 20 cereals that provide a good source of protein when eaten with a half-cup of milk, and more than 90 percent of our cereals have 10 grams or less of sugar per 30-gram serving.
Studies show that children who eat cereal in the morning tend to weigh less and have improved nutrient intakes. That’s why the dietary guidelines for Americans acknowledge that fortified foods, such as cereal with vitamins, are a good way to help people get the nutrients needed to support a healthy lifestyle.
In trying to sell his book, Mr. Ruhlman sold the American consumer short on facts. The bottom line is that cereal helps fill nutrient gaps. It tastes great and is convenient, accessible, versatile and simply made, offering a wide range of options to meet people’s needs and how they really eat.
Craig Bahner, Battle Creek, Mich.
The writer is president of morning foods for Kellogg Co.