Riding the waves of popularity and health of Greek Yogurt, Post has decided to add a Greek Yogurt Cereal to its Lineup. Enter “Honey Bunches of Oats, Greek Honey Crunch” which is a granola coated with yogurt, or something that seems to resemble yogurt.
What you need to know:
Why add yogurt to a cereal? Presumably for added protein and beneficial probiotics. Indeed this cereal has 5 grams of protein per serving, compared to 4 grams you would get in other cereals. That’s not a big difference, especially when a 6 ounce serving of Greek yogurt provides 15-20 grams of protein.
As for probiotics, they’re all dried out and dead by the time you get the shelf stable, dry cereal. There must be some benefits to this cereal though, right?!?
Take a look at this ingredient list and tell us what you think:
Whole Grain Flakes (Whole Grain Wheat, Sugar, Rice, Corn Syrup, Wheat Flour, Yellow Corn Meal, Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Malted Barley Flour, Salt, Canola And/Or Sunflower Oil, Honey, Natural Flavor), Greek Yogurt Granola [Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Brown Sugar, Whole Grain Wheat, Rice Flour, Canola And/Or Sunflower Oil, Milk Protein Concentrate, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Greek Yogurt Powder (Heat Treated After Culturing), Honey, Natural Flavor, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Citric Acid], Greek Yogurt Style Coated Granola [Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Brown Sugar, Whole Grain Wheat, Rice Flour, Canola And/Or Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup, Whey, Sugar, Honey, Greek Yogurt Style Coating (Sugar, Palm Kernel And Palm Oil, Reduced Mineral Whey Powder, Nonfat Dry Milk Solids, Greek Yogurt Powder (Heat Treated After Culturing), Lactic Acid, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Natural Flavor)], BHT, vitamins and minerals: Reduced Iron, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide (Source Of Zinc), Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.
Notice that even the tiny addition of 1 gram of protein to this cereal comes not from the Greek Yogurt powder, but rather the addition on Milk Protein Concentrate. The yogurt has been heat treated – so bye bye probiotics.
The cereal has 230 calories, and over 3 teaspoons of sugar. While the fiber count is nice (4 grams) we think you’ll be better off with a real yogurt topping the original version of Honey Bunches of Oats. Or just real yogurt.