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Post Great Grains Cereal, Banana Nut Crunch

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EWG Overall Score Breakdown

The product score is based on weighted scores for nutrition, ingredient and processing concerns. Generally, nutrition counts most, ingredient concerns next and degree of processing least. The weighted scores are added together to determine the final score. Read more about scores here.

EWG Overall Score Breakdown


EWG scored on three factors: nutrition, ingredient concerns, and the degree of processing. Read the full scoring methodology.

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Nutrition Concern Details

Level

Considers calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, sodium, protein, fiber and fruit, vegetable and nut content to differentiate between healthful and less healthful foods. For more information on nutrition concerns, read our full methodology.

Top findings negative Contains ingredients that may contribute small amounts of unhealthy artificial trans fats: Canola Oil [read more]

Top findings positive Per gram, high in protein [read more]

Top findings positive Per gram, high in naturally occurring fiber [read more]

Top findings positive Contains fruit, vegetables, beans or nuts as a primary ingredient [read more]

Contains fruit, vegetables, beans or nuts as a ...

Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables--especially dark green, red and orange varieties, as well as beans and peas--is an essential part of a healthy diet. You can get your 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day for about the cost of a bus ride in most cities (USDA 2009; EWG 2012). Learn more: http://www.ewg.org/goodfood/ Fruit and vegetable intake is associated with reduced risk of heart attack, stroke and some types of cancers (USDA and DHHS 2010). Fruits and vegetables are also key sources of potassium and dietary fiber--nutrients that many Americans do not get enough of. Perhaps that's because on average, Americans eat only 42% and 59% of the recommended intake of fruits and vegetables, respectively (USDA and DHHS 2010), making them one of the few foods we should all eat more of.

The nutrition factors used for scoring Post Great Grains Cereal, Banana Nut Crunch
Positive factors
Fruit, vegetable, bean or nut content
Protein content
Fiber content
Omega-3 fatty acids
Negative factors
Calorie density
Sugar/low-calorie sweetener content
Sodium content
Saturated fat content
Trans fat content

Ingredient Concern Details

Level

Considers food additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and contaminants like mercury and BPA, which can affect human health and the environment. For more information on ingredient concerns, read methodology.

Top findings negative This product is not certified organic [read more]

Top findings negative Contains 1 of EWG's top food additives of concern: Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)

Top findings negative Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic [read more]

Top findings negative This product has 2 ingredients with concerns as well as some contamination concerns:

Processing Concern Details

Level

Estimates how much the food has been processed. Considers many factors, chief among them, modification of individual ingredients from whole foods and number of artificial ingredients. For more information on processing concerns, read our full methodology.

Top findings negative Product has been classified as having moderate processing concerns

Products with moderate and high processing concerns generally have more artificial ingredients, more ingredients that have been significantly modified from whole foods, and more ingredients overall.

EWG's Top Findings

Top findings negative This product is not certified organic [read more]

This product is not certified organic

Products bearing the USDA certified organic seal must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredient, and must be produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and free of genetically engineered ingredients.

Top findings negative Contains food additives of higher concern

Top findings negative Contains 1 of EWG's top food additives of concern: Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)

Top findings negative Contains ingredients that may contribute small amounts of unhealthy artificial trans fats: Canola Oil [read more]

Contains ingredients that may contribute small ...

Both refined oils and fully hydrogenated oils contain small amounts of unhealthy artificial trans fats and contribute to the total intake of trans fat in the diet (Biofortis 2014). Artificial trans fats are generated in refined oils when they are processed at high temperatures from the crude oil into a bland, odorless, colorless oil (Greyt 1999). A 2012 study conducted by FDA scientists estimated that refined oil contributes an average 0.6 grams of trans fat a day (Doell 2012). The World Health Organization recommends limits on trans fat of less than 1 to 2 grams a day—in this context, it’s easy to see that 0.6 grams is not an insignificant contribution. In the case of fully hydrogenated oils, they should theoretically be free of trans fat, but since no hydrogenation process is 100 percent efficient, trans fats are often found in fully hydrogenated oils at low levels (FDA 2013). The United States Department of Agriculture National Nutrition Database has tested refined, partially hydrogenated and fully hydrogenated oils and found trans fats in all of them (USDA 2013). Textbooks for food scientists reveal that the mono and di-glycerides and other emulsifiers are often made from hydrogenated fats (Hasenhuettl and Hartel 2008) and at temperatures above 220°C (Sikorski and Kolakowka 2011). Emulsifiers produced from hydrogenated fats “contain measurable concentrations" of trans fats (Hasenhuettl and Hartel 2008). Unfortunately, due to lack of label disclosure and the trans fat labeling loophole, only the food scientists will ever know just how much trans fat these refined oils and emulsifiers are contributing to foods and the American diet.

Top findings negative Contains the non-specific ingredient "flavor" [read more]

Contains the non-specific ingredient "flavor"

Added "flavors" are secret and often complex mixtures of chemicals that modify and manipulate the taste and smell of food. The lack of disclosure is a public right to know issue and especially concerning to people with unusual food allergies or on restricted diets.

Top findings negative Contains 37% more sugar per serving than the average cold cereal [read more]

Contains 37% more sugar per serving than the av...

This cereal contains more sugar per serving than the average adult cold cereal, which has 7.3 grams per serving. Read EWG's 2014 report on sugar in the cereal aisle to find healthier options: http://www.ewg.org/research/children's-cereals

Top findings positive Good source of naturally occurring vitamin A [read more]

Good source of naturally occurring vitamin A

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that is naturally occurring in dairy, fish, eggs, fish and meat products and, in the form of vitamin A precursors, in orange and yellow vegetables such as carrots and pumpkin. Vitamin A is also frequently added for fortification of packaged food. EWG recommends children and pregnant women limit consumption of highly fortified foods to avoid overexposure since getting too much of certain forms of vitamin A can lead to health problems. Read EWG's report on getting the correct amount of vitamin A, zinc and niacin: http://www.ewg.org/research/how-much-is-too-much

Top findings positive Per gram, high in protein [read more]

Per gram, high in protein

Protein is a source of amino acids that are required for the proper growth, maintenance and repair of tissues. It also provides the building blocks for important enzymes and hormones. Protein provides calories and if eaten in excess will be stored as fat. Protein is found in high amounts in beans, nuts, eggs, seafood and meat. Protein is essential to health, but eating too much also carries an environmental and health cost. Learn more: http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/

Top findings positive Per gram, high in naturally occurring fiber [read more]

Per gram, high in naturally occurring fiber

Fiber is important for overall health and may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. It's also important for healthy bowel function. Fiber may also help to decrease appetite by providing a feeling of fullness. Americans average only 15 grams of fiber a day, much less than the recommended 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. Good sources of fiber are beans, split peas, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts.

Top findings negative Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic [read more]

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic

Rice plant naturally takes up arsenic from the water in the soil. The concentration of arsenic in this product will depend on the amount of rice-based ingredient used. http://www.ewg.org/foodscores/content/arsenic-contamination-in-rice

Top findings negative Product has been classified as having moderate processing concerns

Ingredient List

From the Package

WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT, SUGAR, WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, RICE, WALNUTS, ALMONDS, CANOLA OIL, DRIED BANANAS, CORN SYRUP, SALT, WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, MOLASSES, NATURAL FLAVOR. BHT ADDED TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS. VITAMINS AND MINERALS: REDUCED IRON, NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3), ZINC OXIDE (SOURCE OF ZINC), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), THIAMIN MONONITRATE (VITAMIN B1), VITAMIN A PALMITATE, RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B12, VITAMIN D3.

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Other Information

Top findings neutral This product contains the following ingredient(s) that may be genetically engineered or derived from GE crops: Corn Syrup, Canola Oil, and Sugars [read more]

This product contains the following ingredient(...

Scientists have not determined whether GE food poses risks to human health. Still, consumers have many good reasons to avoid eating genetically engineered ingredients, including limited safety studies, the development of "superweeds" and increased pesticide use. For more information on the topic visit: http://www.ewg.org/research/shoppers-guide-to-avoiding-ge-food Note: The presence or absence of genetically engineered ingredients or ingredients derived from GE crops does not affect a product's overall score.

Top findings neutral Contains ingredients derived from tree nut and wheat - these are considered major food allergens according to the FDA [read more]

Contains ingredients derived from tree nut and ...

While over 160 food ingredients may cause allergic reactions current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations stipulate that 8 major food allergens must be labeled on products. These allergens include; milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. Note: The presence of potential allergens does not affect the overall product score.

Nutrition Facts

0.0 servings per container

Serving Size

(59 g)

Amount Per 1 cup
Calories
230

% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet and adult bodyweight)
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7.0 7.0 % Total Fat 4 g
15.0 15.0 % Total Carbs 45 g
Sugars 10 g
% Protein 6 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

3.0 3.0 % Saturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
0.0 0.0 % Cholesterol 0 mg
9.0 9.0 % Sodium 220 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Sugars, and Molasses

NUTRIENTS:

28.0 28.0 % Dietary Fiber 7 g
10.0 10.0 % Vitamin D
15.0 15.0 % Vitamin A
0.0 0.0 % Vitamin C
2.0 2.0 % Calcium
90.0 90.0 % Iron
25.0 25.0 % Thiamin
25.0 25.0 % Riboflavin
25.0 25.0 % Niacin
25.0 25.0 % Vitamin B6
50.0 50.0 % Folic Acid
25.0 25.0 % Vitamin B12
6.0 6.0 % Potassium 220 mg
20.0 20.0 % Phosphorus
15.0 15.0 % Magnesium
20.0 20.0 % Zinc

† Institute of Medicine. 2010. "Dietary Reference Intakes Tables and Application." Accessed April 8, 2014: link

 

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