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My friends call me the "grammar goddess." Really. ;-) I own a freelance writing, editing and tutoring business. Previously, I served three years as food editor for The Morning Sun in Mt. Pleasant, which kindled my interest in food writing. My other areas of expertise in writing include features, community news, architecture/construction and engraving/personalization. I have a frightening number of cookbooks and watch too many DIY, HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Antiques Roadshow (BBC and PBS versions) shows. And I tweak nearly every recipe I make.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cereal Competition: Go Lean Honey Almond Flax vs. Cinnamon Crunch

I bought four different "healthy" cereals in recent months: Cascadian Farms Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola, which I haven't yet dug into, Kashi Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax, Cascadian Farms Organic Dark Chocolate Almond Granola (see prior post), and Cascadian Farm Organic Kids Cinnamon Crunch.

Although tasty, I had some concerns about the Dark Chocolate Almond Granola because of the higher fat content, which is one reason I tried Cascadian Farms Cinnamon Crunch, the overall winner compared with Kashi Go Lean Crunch! It's organic and beat Kashi's offering hands down for both taste and texture. (Go Lean Crunch! is very hard. I have to leave it soak in milk for 15 minutes before I can eat it.)

Cinnamon Crunch (the photo is of a four-pack, by the way) does have less fiber (3g compared with 8g) and doesn't have as many different whole grains. It also uses organic sugar rather than evaporated cane juice, rice syrup and honey (why three sweeteners are needed in the Kashi product is a mystery to me); however, Cinnamon Crunch also has two additional servings per box, each of which has about half the calories of Go Lean Crunch! per 1-cup serving (110 as opposed to 200, not counting milk!), and lower sugars, overall carbs and sodium. Given that Kashi's slogan is "seven whole grains on a mission," these facts (and its product's rock-hard texture) make that claim hard to swallow.

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