19 Feb

I bought myself 2 boxes of Wheaties a few months ago. I tend to buy my cereal in mass amounts: about 10 at a time so I’m not constantly making trips to the store for my con fleis. I’m getting to the end of my 10 boxes and the last 2 are boxes of Wheaties, the cereal famous for putting star athletes on the cover. The claim is that if you eat Wheaties you are eating something healthy that will help you become a stronger athlete. My box had the human amphibian of Micheal Phelps. As I was munching on my Wheates, I decided to look at the nutritional information. 12% of daily fiber… not bad considering most cereals have about 7%. Then I look at the ingredients: #1 ingredient Whole Grain Wheat #2 ingredient sugar…. SUGAR!! Wow… Then below the ingredients list is a “warning” in bold letter: May contain BHT to preserve freshness.


After googling BHT, this is what I found. Butylated hydroxytoluene is a preservative to prevent food spoilage.  It is used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, jet fuels, rubber, petroleum products, electrical transformer oil, and embalming fluid. Yummy. It may contribute to cancer. Sexy. Some people may have a hard time metabolizing BHT. So you can’t poop it out?! BHT is linked to hyperactivity in children. Because I need more ADHD kids in my classroom. It may have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Ohh but its also being used as a possible cure for AIDS! Yuck.

I’m just going to go to Mother’s and Trader Joe’s for my con fleis now. No more BHT laced breakfast for me. Guacatela!


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