Cardboard or corn flakes?

May 24, 2007

I am back… It has been two months since I last posted. Times flies. I had been busy and so quickly got out of the habit. Hope to be a bit more regular again.

 A friend was asking about corn flakes and cereals, as he remembered hearing something that they are not all that great for health.

Well, I remembered reading about it and it did not take me long to find the article. Here’s an excerpt:

Researchers at Ann Arbor University were given 18 laboratory rats. They were divided into three groups: one group received corn flakes and water; a second group was given the cardboard box that the corn flakes came in and water; the control group received rat chow and water.

The rats in the control group remained in good health throughout the experiment. The rats eating the box became lethargic and eventually died of malnutrition. But the rats receiving the corn flakes and water died before the rats that were eating the box! (The last corn flake rat died the day the first box rat died.)

But before death, the corn flake rats developed schizophrenic behavior, threw fits, bit each other and finally went into convulsions. The startling conclusion of this study is that there was more nourishment in the box than there was in the corn flakes.

Read full report at the Weston Price Foundation, by clicking here.

So if you are hungry and offered a choice of card board or corn flakes, you know which to choose.


  1. Hi Richard,

    Glad to see that you are back. Anyway, something that I always asked myself, what are the alternatives to margarine for those who cannot take butter? I mean I am non-vegetarian so no issues with butter, but what about those vegetarian friends who don’t take butter? Any alternatives and healthy ones out there?

  2. Hi Saltwetfish.

    Alternative to butter and margarine? There are just so many things to eat bread with — all sorts of spreads, fillings, soup, gravy, etc etc.

    But if want something in the same category, it would be OIL.

    In Italy as well as in some high end restaurants, bread is served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and/or salt. It’s actually very delicious if the olive oil is of good quality.

    Years ago, when I was a journalist, I covered a trip to Italy by Lee Kuan Yew. One of the many places he visited in Venice was this olive oil shop with lots and lots of different types of olive oil and he was given bread to eat with the oil.

    Lots of pictures were taken by the press photographers but next da, all the papers published pix of him in a gondola. How boring!

  3. wow im gonna try to never eat corn flakes again!!!

  4. I called Enjoy Life the other day about their Cinnamon Crunch gluten-free “granola” and learned that the rice-flour in it is extruded.

    It was very good, but I’m glad I just had that little sample of it. I would honestly expect better from a healthfood company. I also learned that Nature’s Path “Mesa Sunrise” cereal is also high-temp extruded.

    I’m hoping that more people start calling companies about this, because as the organic products -movement grows (organics are often /higher/ in protein, the major component which may be capable of producing toxins during stream-extrusion) this is going to become /more/ of an issue, not less.

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