After months of hype and buildup, General Mills finally launched its new Wheaties product last week. After 85 years of a single formulation and recently staggering sales, the General Mills marketing team decided it’s time to invigorate the Wheaties Brand. The new product is aimed squarely at the male demographic, and to that effect has been carefully designed and formulated to be a manly start to the day.
The product is still unavailable in supermarkets, so we could not examine the ingredient list nor the nutrition facts panel to learn what makes this product a breakfast of male champions. However, their website provides some hints:
1. Whole grain. That’s not new, the old formulation is also whole grain.
2. Excellent Source of Fiber. This means it has to have at least 5 grams worth, up from the current 3 grams. This is good.
3. 100% of the daily value of Five B vitamins. All added through fortification. While this is a nice, most Americans are not deficient in B vitamins.
Here’s what the website does not tell the male consumer about where the fuel comes from:
1. More sugar – If you’ve tasted Wheaties, you know they’re facing stiff competition from sugary cereal on the taste front. Many people complain that Wheaties taste like shredded cardboard. The solution is, of course, more sugar. How much more?
We’re not clear on exactly how much because the info is unavailable on the website (Men don’t read nutrition info right?). The older formulation has 4 grams per serving, about 1 teaspoon. The new formula will be 25% sugar by weight!
2. More calories – 200 calories per serving instead of the current 100. That’s twice as many calories. While some of the extra 100 calories come from the sugar increase, the rest may possibly be the result of a larger serving size.
3. No Folic Acid – not that it matters much, but the new formulation has removed folic acid (another B vitamin) from the list of fortifications, because it is associated with girly nutrition and pregnancy. Indeed, not a manly vitamin.
We emailed General Mills for more nutritional information and will share with you if and when we get it. In the meantime, if any of our readers spot this product in the wild, shoot us an email with the details.
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