We’re not big fans of liquid nutrition solutions. They almost always comes with excess baggage. And since drinking is so much faster than eating, there is a big chance to overdose on calories.
Kellogg’s Breakfast to go is a drink designed for those who don’t have time for a sit down breakfast. Not that it takes more than 5 minutes to prepare, eat, and put away Frosted Flakes and milk.
It boasts 5 grams of fiber (which is more than most of Kellogg’s cereals) and 10 grams of protein. it forgets to boast 4.5 teaspoons of sugar though.
Here is the ingredient list, not something you would make at home:
water, protein blend (water, nonfat milk, whey protein concentrate, soy protein isolate), sugar, contains two percent or less of polydextrose, maltodextrin, canola oil, natural and artificial flavors, magnesium phosphate, potassium citrate, tricalcium phosphate, gellan gum, celluose gum, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, ascorbic acid (vitamin c), salt, potassium phosphate, carrageenan, corn syrup solids, sucralose, vitamin e acetate, vitamin k1, acesulfame potassium, niacinamide, vitamin d3, calcium pantothenate, vitamin b12, zinc sulfate, vitamin a palmitate, ferric pyrophosphate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin b6), roboflavin (vitamin b2), managnese sulfate, thiamin hydrochloride (vitamin b1), potassium iodide, folic acid, biotin, chromium chloride, sodium molybdate, sodium selenite.
Notice how highly processed this product is. It is also very cheap to make, utilizing commodity soy and whey to bump up protein, and using polydextrose and cellulose to bump up the fiber count. Polydextrose is a synthetic source of soluble fiber which the FDA approved for human consumption in 1981.
And as if the product is not sweet enough with 4.5 teaspoons worth of sugar, artificial sucralose and acesulfame potassium are also thrown into the mix.
And what is canola oil doing in the drink? Or trans fat heir apparents mono and di-glycerides?
In case you wondered, there’s no trace of vanilla here, it’s all artificial and natural “flavors”. The long list of added vitamins and minerals is supposed to make the product seem healthier, but by drinking this concoction, you are forgoing a real breakfast with real food that could have included a chewable delivery platform for those and many other nutrients.
Do yourself a favor – go back to basics – how about a glass of milk instead of this? Or a banana? Or some yogurt with honey?