A question for Snap, Crackle and Pop

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Can I believe my eyes? It seems high-fructose corn syrup has disappeared from the ingredient list on the new boxes of Rice Krispies! Not only is this going to add to my breakfast options, it’s a game changer for my homemade granola bars.

Here are the ingredients listed on my newly purchased Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal box: Rice, sugar, salt, malt flavoring, iron, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), alpha tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), naicinamide, vitamin A palmitate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), thiamin hydrochloride (vitamin B1), folic acid, vitamin b12, vitamin D.

A couple of weeks ago, my mom told me about this. But I asked her to check her ingredient list again because every box I encountered at the grocery stores near me still listed high-fructose corn syrup on the ingredient label. She assured me her box did not have it. So I kept looking and eventually, I saw it with my very own eyes.  I hope this isn’t a ruse and that it really is true. I can’t find any news or blog posts about it, and there is no mention of “new” or “improved” on the box. Hopefully, my favorite food blog, Fooducate, will do some investigating (I sent them an e-mail).

I’d still be cautious here, check the label before buying since the HFCS versions are still out there. Also, the sweeter varieties of Rice Krispies probably still have additives you’d want to stay away from. Still it’s nice to see these changes happening over time at the grocery store.

As for me, tonight I’m planning to make a batch of granola bars with that extra little crispy crunch they’ve been missing. Other than that, I'll aim to stick to whole foods for breakfast-- a glass of milk, a slice of homemade bread, fruit, greek yogurt and other items that do not require me to scrutinize the label before eating. That's always the safest bet. Still, a bowl of HFCS-free Rice Krispies now and then offers a nice visit back to childhood.

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