Cheerios are an iconic breakfast cereal eaten by millions of American’s every day, owned by staunch GMO enthusiast General Mills. These millions of Americans have been told by General Mills that Cheerios are a healthy breakfast and snack item that brings the benefits of wholesome oats, low sugar, and essential vitamins and minerals into their diets.
While GMO Inside recognizes that whole grains like oats, moderation of sugar, and balanced consumption of vitamins and minerals are certainly part of a healthy eating plan, a deeper look at Cheerios uncovers that their claimed benefits are also accompanied by a high risk of GMOs, surprisingly controversial ingredients, and a less than stellar overall nutritional profile.
Taking a careful look at Cheerios, GMO Inside would like to help consumers answer the question;Are Cheerios really a healthy choice?
Let us start by breaking down the ingredients for the entire Cheerios line. GMO Inside has bolded the likely GMO ingredients in each variety below.
Cheerios: Whole Grain Oats (includes the oat bran), Modified Corn Starch,Sugar, Salt, Tripotassium Phosphate, Wheat Starch, Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) Added to Preserve Freshness.