Breakfast cereals and toilet paper

(Image courtesy of Brandon Blinkenberg and Wikipedia.)

What do breakfast cereals and toilet paper have in common?

You guessed it: They both belong in the toilet.

If you would like some insight into why your friends and neighbors have protruding bellies that conceal any glimpse of their toes, have to conduct that peculiar side-to-side gait that now characterizes many Americans' walking style, and are pre-diabetic or diabetic, look no further than your supermarket cereal aisle.

The Fanatic Cook has some particularly biting comments about this strangely American phenomenon at

Breakfast cereals range in quality from awful to bad. I don't know of any that fit into the Track Your Plaque program that aims to eliminate the risk of heart disease.

Comments (4) -

  • Anonymous

    8/24/2007 2:48:00 AM |

    Presumably you are talking about pre-packaged breakfast cereals, and not the idea of simply having a cereal (grain) as part of breakfast.  Or am I wrong?

    Are you advocating that a reasonable bowl of steel cut oat meal with mixed in soy protein or egg white and a reasonable helping of fresh berries is a bad breakfast idea?

    How about a good authentic Swiss muesli? Which ranks in the 56 to 69 range of the glycemic index?

  • Dr. Davis

    8/24/2007 3:20:00 AM |

    Yes. I am generalizing.

    The oatmeal is a wonderful alternative, as is the muesli.

    However, these are--sadly--among the least popular alternatives in a world bursting with high-glycemic index junk cereals.

  • CaptnSaj

    9/3/2007 6:54:00 PM |

    Could you be more specific as to what you find terrible about cereal?  I know many of them have too much sugar and what not, but what about cereals that at least seem healthy?  For example, Kashi GoLean or similar is supposed to have a whole lot of fiber and protein, whole grains, etc..  Or would you place these under the "bad" category regardless?

  • Dr. Davis

    9/3/2007 11:43:00 PM |

    The undesirability of these foods depends to a great degree on your physiology: If you are overweight (particularly with excessive tummy weight), have a low HDL, higher triglycerides, small LDL, higher blood sugar even as low as 100-110 mg/dl, then why indulge in foods that skyrocket your blood sugar and create these patterns?