Corn Flakes is a cereal made by the Kellogg Company and this product could fill you up for breakfast. The ingredients of Corn Flakes include milled corn, sugar, malt flavor, BHT and iron. One positive thing in Corn Flakes is that it has less than 1.5 teaspoons of sugar and is low in calories and sodium.
There’s only one problem about this delicious corn filled cereal. According to Fooducate.Com, the score given to Corn Flakes is a B-. Corn Flakes received this score due to low fiber and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene).
Low fiber can be easily be improved by just adding two tablespoons of ground flax seeds to the cereal once it’s in a bowl, but BHT can’t be removed. BHT is a food preservative used to remove odor in oils and fats from food, but studies made by the International Agency for Research say that BHT is carcinogenic which means that it can give cancer.
In a study done in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado, it was shown that exposing mice to BHT caused lung tumors to develop.
The good thing is that BHT isn’t added for flavor or color, just to keep packaging freshness since it’s preservative, which means that it preserves the freshness of food. Even though Corn Flakes has BHT, you should still buy it. But I recommend that the Kellogg company removes BHT from their products.
Corn Flakes is still healthy because it has low calories and low sodium (salt) and those are ingredients that our body doesn’t need much of. We should have at least 1,600 to 2,000 calories a day for energy but eating too much food that has a lot of calories and not exercising will cause you to gain weight.
Sodium is still needed for our body to work, but using too much of it on your food will cause high blood pressure and could cause a stroke or a heart attack. Corn Flakes just has 100 calories and 200 mg of sodium.
Corn Flakes has ingredients that can fill you up and can energize you for the rest of the day until lunch time. However, if you’re worried about BHT, Kellogg’s company has made more products that don’t have BHT which I also recommend – such as Raisin Bran.
by Diego M.