I take mine with sugar, as much as a couple of teaspoons, and whil enjoying it, I wondered: is this any better for me than what we'd better call a Toaster Pastry?
4.2 grams of sugar in a teaspoon -- let's say I went wild, and there are 9 grams of sugar in my cereal.
Tabular charts aren't so easy in a hurry in Blogger, so this will be a bit rough:
Cream of A Grain, one cup:
4 grams of protein
1 gram of fiber
0.5 grams of fat
No sodium unless you add a pinch of salt to the water, which I don't.
9 grams of sugar, because I have a sweet tooth
Toaster Pastry, two:
2 grams of protein
about 1 gram of fiber
16 grams of fat
380 grams of sodium
24 grams of sugar
Last time I looked, the dieticians and doctors were still arguing about dietary fats (and the French were still confounding them), but none of 'em thought a high salt intake or more calories than you needed was a good idea. Likewise, less sugar is better -- and the hot cereal was plenty sweet enough for me. Porridge wins!
Makes me happy that I like the stuff. Not because it makes me feel all virtuous, or even, really, because it is healthy (unless you're avoiding carbohydrates). Nope, because it's tasty and warm on a cold morning, and reminds me of good childhood memories.
On the other hand, perhaps I need to look into those OTC mental-alertness pills: while looking up nutritional information, I picked up the box of Cream of Weeds, tipped it to see the label and wandered from the kitchen to the office, reading it and unknowingly leaving a trail of processed grain as I walked. Turned back, felt the gritty crunch underfoot and realized I had quite a mess to sweep up. Words may have been said.
It could be worse -- the mathematician Hilbert once asked a colleague if his wife was as cheap as Hilbert's.
His colleague was taken aback. "What on earth do you mean?"
"Only this morning," Hilbert told him, "and quite by accident, I discovered my wife does not serve me an egg for breakfast. I have no idea how long this has been going on."
I should maybe do less with numbers at breakfast time.