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2012
Nov 2, 2012

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As a child, I grew up loving my bowl of Shreddies. There was something about the shape and that toasty taste that I loved. I could boxes and boxes of those Shreddies. Well, now I’m a parent and I’m a label reader and while I don’t always understand what I’m reading, I do like to make comparisons and make my choices based on what I think might be the best option at that time (unless I’m completely asleep on my feet).

As a parent, I’ve read the ingredient list on that box of Shreddies and I can’t help but cringe at what’s in it. Thank goodness, I found the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal. You know, they look an awful lot like those Shreddies that I used to eat and yet, the ingredient list is so very different. Take a quick look at this comparison. You might just be surprised.


Product Review: What are the ingredients in the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal?

Allow me to introduce you to PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal. What are the ingredients in the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal? Well, let’s see. Ingredients in the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal are as follows: organic whole grain whole wheat flour, organic brown sugar, organic barley malt extract, and sea salt. That’s a total of 4 ingredients.

Your next question will probably be: so what are the ingredients in the Shreddies? Well, I don’t have a box of Shreddies at home but I did visit their website and this is what I found. The ingredients for your neighborhood friendly box of Shreddies includes: whole grain wheat, glucose-fructose, sugar, salt, malted barley flour, amylase. There are also a number of vitamins and minerals that have been added in.

What scares me most however, is within the same section listed under “Vitamins and Minerals”, the company notes that “BHT is added to package material to help maintain product freshness.” Now, I don’t know anything about regulations when it comes to packaging but based on my basic knowledge of nutrition, the last time I checked, BHT is not exactly a vitamin or a mineral. I also recognize that the company that makes Shreddies isn’t the only one that lists BHT in this way. However, I don’t like the use of BHT and it’s one the biggest reasons why I won’t buy Shreddies anymore.

On top of all that, I also don’t see a need to have glucose-fructose as well as sugar in my morning cereal. Between the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal and the Shreddies, I’d much rather eat the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal because at least it uses organic brown sugar. If you compare the sugar content between the 2 cereals, the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal has 9 grams of sugar per 1 ¼ cup (55 g) serving while the Shreddies has 8 grams of sugar per 1 cup (50g) serving. While the sugar content is comparable, I’d rather eat organic brown sugar than the processed glucose-fructose, sugar stuff. Ugh.

If you’re looking at the fibre content between the two cereals, both are also comparable. Shreddies has 5 grams per 1 cup while the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal has 6 grams per 1 ¼ cup. Shreddies, of course has more of the vitamin content given that it’s been added in while the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal hasn’t taken that route.

In my humble opinion, with my dollar, compared to the Shreddies, I’d rather purchase the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal for the simplicity of its ingredients.


Product review: how does PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal taste?

Now, it’s been many moons since I’ve had any Shreddies so I can only go by whatever residual memory is in my brain. I remember them being crunchy, a tad sweet, but they also had this really yummy toasty taste to them. Here is a picture of what these PC Organics Wheat Squares look like before we added the milk.

Well, my daughter and I are now ready to have a test of these PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal. I pour them out and they look just as good as those Shreddies. They smell good too and there’s no BHT in the packaging (bonus!). I pour in the milk and we both go ahead and try them.

My daughter likes these PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal and so do I. These PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal have that toasted wheat kind of crunch with a hint of sweetness and the barley adds to the flavour profile. I can’t tell you if they taste exactly like Shreddies since I won’t eat them ever again but I’m telling you right now that I love these PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal. They make my mornings happy and I’d enjoy them as a snack too. Both my daughter and I would readily eat them again. Now, these PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal don’t stay crunchy in milk. After a while, they do soften up but they still taste good. I can’t remember if Shreddies ever stayed completely crunchy in milk but right now, I don’t really care. I’m thoroughly happy with my bowl of PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal.


Verdict:

Now, if you like your Shreddies, that’s great. Everyone is entitled to choose the foods they want to eat. In our home, however, we’ve made a conscious choice to look at the labels on the foods we eat and try our best to make better decisions for our health. Sure, we eat junk sometimes (all in moderation) but when it comes to these PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal, I’d say they’re a step in the right direction.

I appreciate the simplicity of the ingredients that go into the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal. Sure, they have about the same sugar content and fibre as the Shreddies so it really does boil down to the kinds of ingredients you want to put into your body. Yes, I totally recognize that a box of PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal is probably a bit more expensive than a box of Shreddies that might be on sale. However, if you can catch the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal on sale, they’re certainly a worthy buy. If nothing else, maybe today’s post will encourage you to do a little label comparison the next time you’re in the grocery store.

If you want more information to do your own comparison, check out the websites below:

For the PC Organics Wheat Squares cereal, click here.

For Shreddies, click here.

 

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