Jan. 7: Breakfast, Plus a Question

Jan. 7: Breakfast, Plus a Question

Jan. 7: Breakfast, Plus a Question

Outrageous experiments in sensible eating.
Jan. 7 2011 7:16 AM

Jan. 7: Breakfast, Plus a Question

Some Cheerios with raisins and half 1 percent milk, which then ran out, so half fat-free milk:

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I like Cheerios a lot and they are one of the cereals touted as "good for you," but I'm not happy with them ingredient-wise. While their first ingredient is "whole grain oats," after that, it's pretty much downhill: modified corn starch, sugar, wheat starch. So I need your help. Who can point me toward a good whole-grain cold cereal that doesn't contain corn products or sugar and doesn't taste like cardboard or gravel?

I've tried some of the Uncle Sam's cereals , but I don't find them all that palatable. I love Grape-Nuts, but both Cheerios and Grape-Nuts break the Michael Pollan five-ingredient guideline (do we like this rule or do we think it's silly?) and are made by two of the largest American food companies.

Please send me some cereal suggestions. Thanks!

Ellen Tarlin is a former Slate copy chief and writer of the "Clean Plate" blog. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston PhoenixBrooklyn Bridge, Bark, and  the RISK storytelling podcast. Follow her on Twitter.