Greek Yogurt, the Cereal Version

Honey Bunches of Oats Greek on Fooducate

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.

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  • BrianNZ

    I’ve just returned to the United States after a number of years abroad and have been blown away by how much “health-wash” there is to food choice these days. I can’t tell you how many products I’ve seen where they’ve taken a healthy, whole food and processed it, added flavors and other stuff to it (like greek yogurt to cereal), and made it completely unhealthy…all while giving the public the impression that they’re doing something good for their health.

    On a side note since I’m on the Fooducate page, I discovered this app a few weeks ago when I said, “I wonder if there’s some sort of app that I can use to help me navigate through the myriad choices all vying for my dollar?”. LOVE this app and wish I’d have been able to do it myself!

  • Krista Gaudon

    I wish this app was available in Canada. We have much of the same products up here and it is sometimes funny how full of junk they are. I get annoyed because all the “convenience” foods these days seem to be full of unnecessary garbage. So we make things from scratch and try to eat whole foods. Thank you for helping us make better choices with these posts.

  • The Candid RD

    I FEEL SO HEALTHY!!!! —– Lady in the commercial. I laugh every time.

    • Katy Hearne

      yes! I cringe every time! “I feel healthy”- well, then you eat a lot of junk, lady. It’s horrible how little the average consumer knows about nutrition

  • James Cooper

    You must be a cereal killer!