“ Brand: Gillian McKeith / Type: Flakes / Food quality: Organic food „
I know Gillian McKeith means well and anything that gets us all eating healthier is a good thing, but this cereal is not for me. I tried 2 of Gillian McKeiths cereals recently, because they were on special offer, and this was one of them. I mean cereal flakes are cereal flakes - right? Well not in this case, in my opinion. They looked good. A nice golden colour. On the front of the packet, there was a picture of a bowl of them with strawberries. However upon trying these out I found they were chewy and tasted disgusting. I still had the 'stuff' stuck in my teeth for hours (just like her other cereal I reviewed). So what was it that was in Gillians organic amaranth cereal flakes, that made them taste like that. I did a bit of delving in to find out.
Well a main ingredient was amaranth flour. Could that have been the reason why it tasted chewy?After reading up on the ingredient, I think the answer might be yes. Amaranth flour is made from the seed of the Amaranth plant, which is a leafy vegetable. Reading on, I am informed Amaranth is Wheat free, Gluten free, Legume Free, Grain Free, which can only be a good thing if you are allergic to any of these ingredients, which I'm not, thankfully. However the cereal is packed with corn,maize and malt, so these added benefits are basically 'thrown out of the window'. So how is it going to benefit me more than say Bran Flakes. Well after looking into it even further. It isn't. So why put myself through the displeasure of force feeding myself this stuff?
For the record the ingredients are
Organic Maize Flour
Organic Corn Grits
Amaranth Flour (17%)
Sea Salt (permitted as non organic ingredient)
Organic Corn Flour
Organic Barley Malt
No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
Suitable for vegetarians
Nutrition per 50g
of which sugars 3.8g
of which saturates 0.6g
I really don't know why Gillian goes out looking for all these ingredients, in replacement to the ones we have had in our diet for hundreds of years. I have no doubt there are a few out there that have 'limited' health benefits, but I for one can see no reason to put myself through the torture of eating some of these ingredients. I do not recommend this cereal at all. I personally found it unpalatable, but others may disagree. Sorry Gillian!!
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