Independence! Yes, I’m glad we are no longer under colonial British rule. I enjoy a good fireworks show as much as the next guy, and grilled burgers and hot dogs are delicious. But America seems deeply broken, and I’m highly dubious of every group that claims it knows how to fix it.
Thank goodness this isn’t a political blog. Because I have nothing good to say on that front.
There is however, great news from the grocery aisles, and I feel the need to report on it. Mostly because one of the more popular posts on the FLB from the past year has been Post Screws Around with Grape Nuts. It detailed the sneaky formulation change that added soy and other ingredients into the classic formulation of whole grain wheat flour, malted barley flour, salt and dried yeast.
Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who fled the brand for the generic alternatives that continued to sell a version of the classically simple four-ingredient cereal. So, Post has done something drastic.
That last part is a little bit nuts because there is no GMO wheat, barley, salt or yeast. Although some keen observers have noticed that the added vitamins and minerals have changed. The hypothesis is that these supplements are synthesized from GMO sources, and thus can no longer be used in a Non-GMO Project Verified food.
Those who care about such things are now making the argument that the anti-GMO fervor has actually caused Grape-Nuts cereal to be less nutritious.
For the record, I call hogwash. The vitamins that are sprayed onto breakfast cereal have always seemed to be more about marketing than health. Most, I’ve been told, get washed off by the milk or end up in the bottom of the box.
Thank you to Post for listening to your customers and returning Grape Nuts to its four ingredient formulation. It’s great to see a national brand do an about face on a terrible decision, and to do so in relatively short order.
Now, never mess around with Grape Nuts again. Okay?