Froot Loops, German Edition – Das ist Gut?

German Froot Loops

Here’s the European version of Froot Loops. It’s Manufactured by Kellogg’s in the UK, and distributed across the continent. This package has information, including nutrition and ingredients, in German, French, Swedish, and Finnish.

Looking at the product, you can see that the colors are slightly different than the American version of Froot Loops. We asked a German speaking friend to look over the ingredient list and learned that the coloring comes from spinach, currants, carrots, and paprika extract. The American version is colored with Red #40 or Yellow #5, artificial dyes that are associated with cancer and hyperactivity.

Additionally, the German Froot Loops contain no trans-fat, unlike the American version which uses Partially Hydrogenated Oil.

On the down side, the sugar content in the European version is slightly higher – 3.5 teaspoons instead of just 3.

Which version would you prefer you child eat?

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  • k_Tug

    Defiantly the German Fruit Loops. I love the use of natural indredients to color the product to make it more appealing to the child’s eye. They could decrease the sugar content but it is not extremly higher than the American version.

  • Suzielouwho

    How about neither!  Gross.

  • Anne Noise

    Interesting how the German box still tries to make the Loops look rainbow colored, when they’re clearly just two colors.   (Maybe three, if the lighting is making green look yellow?)

    I’d try the German one!

    • http://www.fooducate.com/blog Fooducate

      It’s got 3 colors: Purple, Green, Yellow.

      • Larry

        Closer to light brown, mustard and a lime green

  • jcgarza

    When I lived in Spain I used to have a Special K cereal with chocolate shards in it that I really liked. When I moved to the US, I found that the equivalent version was called “Special K Chocolatey Delight”, and instead of shards, it has these, like, tablets or something that leave a weird, waxy film on your palate. The key word in that sentence is “Chocolatey”—it’s not actually chocolate, but rather, something like it.

    To hell in a handbasket…

    • Skatrmom79

      They do the same thing with nutragrain bars. In the us it’s some made up filling while over seas it’s real fruit filling. Why do people buy this crap

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.schulp Michelle Schulp

    Bacon and eggs! Cereal is just a daily morning insulin spike, added sugar and chemicals or not.

    • Shel

      Half of a good choice, skip the pig fat. If u fry up a few thin slices of fresh roasted turkey breast u will have the additional protein and no pig fat.  

      • Bill

        But pig fat tastes better than dry turkey.  Plus you have to cook the eggs in something anyway.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.blackbourn Linda Blackbourn

    I must admit to never buying a fruit loop in my life — either type.

  • W3wor

    I will be inGermany soon. Naybe I will buy a boxand trick my kids….But no…I follow this app and columns and eat healthy but I would stick to the U.S. version……

  • SCORCHTHOMAS

    DEFINATELY THE GERMAN VERSION!!!!
    I DONT BUY THE US VERSION AT ALL NOR DO I BUY OTHER VARIETIES WITH WHAT WE CALL “THE BAD NUMBERS” WITH OUR CHILDREN…Y IS IT EUROPEANS GET THIS VERSION BUT NOT AMERICA?
     

  • Skatrmom79

    If I was ever going to buy this it would Definetly be the German version. Of course I would rather have more sugar instead of those carcinogens aka food coloring

  • http://profiles.google.com/veggiecrocker Athena Holter-Mehren

    I say neither. We stick to cereals that have plenty of fiber and whole grains/nuts in them, and try to stay away from most corn derivatives.

  • Shely Self

    I would much rather eat the euro version than ours!!

  • Jim

    No, those dyes are not associated with hyperactivity or cancer. This is a myth perpetuated by site like yours. Is the cereal any good? Of course not.
    And how much trans fat do you claim is in the US version? I think you are guessing.

    • http://www.fooducate.com/blog Fooducate

      A myth perpetuated by the European health agencies as well, right Jim?

    • Catherine

      It is not a myth.  You honestly think no harm can come from lacing our food with petrochemical derived additives?  Sheesh, what will it take people?

  • Carol

    There are lots of “natural” (fruit/veg-based) colors used in US products as well… just not in those made by the mega companies. Some of the biggest booths at the Natural Foods Expo in March contained companies that sell natural colors for food products. 

  • Heehee

    I’m gonna mAke oatmeal for the kids tomorrow . Maybe I will make it with a bit of beet juice … Just for giggles.

  • Jen Maidenberg

    This is far from the first EU product to replace artificial coloring with natural coloring. (Robyn O’Brien wrote about this a few years ago in her book The Unhealthy Truth). I live in Israel and we get food imported both from the States and from the EU. No regulations here yet about food coloring. You think reading labels and identifying toxic chemicals was hard? Try label reading in a new foreign language. 

  • Catherine

    I wouldn’t buy either but it is a step in the right direction.  I haven’t had a fruit loop in my life and am not about to start now.

  • Carol

    FYI… Kellogg’s is not the only “US version” of this kind of cereal. Many others out there, including Trader Joe’s Fruity O’s, which are colored with vegetable and spice extracts. The TJ version is a little lower in sugar and sodium, but has less fiber than Kellogg’s (they add extra oat and corn fibers to bump it up). No need to go to Germany. BTW… I’d suggest giving sugar content in grams rather than teaspoons, because food labels don’t speak in spoons (and there are between 4-5 grams of sugar content in a teaspoon of sugar, not exactly 4… so the Kellogg’s Fruit Loops have less than 3 “teaspoons” of sugar, assuming the 12 grams showing on their site is correct). Of course, it’s still high.

  • http://modernmonkeymind.wordpress.com/ Frank Martin

    Honestly I’d give my kids (which I don’t have yet) Rip’s Big Bowl and add a bunch of fruit before I’d give them either version of Froot Loops, though if I was forced to, I’d take the European version any day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurence.fitz Laurence Fitzgerald

    I”m allergic to spinach…