Gold Star to General Mills for Reducing Sugar in their cereals
Posted Dec 10 2009 12:45pm
On Wednesday, December 9th, General Mills announced in a news release that you can find on their website, www.generalmills.com, that they will be reducing sugar in their cereals advertised to children to single-digit grams of sugar per serving. According to the news release, "General Mills has been reducing sugar in cereals advertised to children, while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain." This type of action begs to be acknowledged in my humble opinion. While General Mills is not (yet) making gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut free and peanut free cereals that my children can eat, I have a commitment to health and well being for everyone.
If I were handing out gold stars, General Mills would get a handful! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 9 million children between the ages of 6 to 19 years being either overweight or obese. Since 1980, the number of children who are obese or overweight has tripled bringing with it serious health concerns. Reducing sugar in the cereals advertised to children is a very good thing. I hope that General Mills will continue on this path and remove artificial food colorings, and artificial flavors as well.
To those of you who are not on restricted diets, I hope you will consider supporting those food manufacturers who are digging in to meet consumer demand. More and more consumers are waking up to the fact that sugar, some fats, and food additives, chemicals and colorings are not necessary and not healthy for humans. I've seen more food companies taking out hormones, preservatives, chemicals and food colorings, so the message is getting through. This is good! Thank you General Mills!