Think Special K is OK?

I would like to share with all of you the story of a beautiful young girl I met last week.  There are many things I love about my job, but surely on the top of the list is that I get the opportunity to meet so many great people and talk to them about health and wellness.

Last week I sat down with a young girl and we bagan to talk about breakfast, she made a comment that she eats the same breakfast every day.  I asked her of course what the breakfast was and she mentioned Special K cereal.  I said to her, “Since you eat this everyday we should check it out and make sure that it doesn’t have any crazy chemicals that you need to watch out for”.  She was polite enough to run out of the office and bring back a box of Special K.  She read it to me and of course we discovered that BHT is in the cereal.

At that point I went on to tell her how nasty this chemical is.  Of course I had to point out that BHT was banned in many countries over 30 years ago.  At that point she proceeded to tell me her story.  I was so upset after hearing her story that I asked her if she would please put her story in an e-mail and send it to me so that I can share it with all of you and perhaps having the same thing happen to them.  Here is Victoria’s story…

Dear Vicky,

My Name is Victoria M. Castillo; I am an 18 year old girl to whom you gave a free consult to health at my job at the Metro Plaza ShopRite in Jersey City.  I want to tell you my story about the Special K challenge diet that I started back in 2010 when I was about 15 years old.

Before I started the Special K diet I weighed 185 and I was only 5’1″, I was close to being obese.  When I saw this challenge I was determined to lose weight.  I did this challenge for three months.  Here is what the Special K diet consists of; Meal 1:  eat a bowl of Special K cereal or a Special K protein shake.  Meal 2:  eat either a Special K protein shake or Special K meal bar.  Lastly Meal 3:  eat whatever you want.

In 2011, in my senior year in high school, I weighed 136 and I was happy with the way I looked.  I also worked out not just doing this diet.  One day I couldn’t go to school I was in excruciating pain that left me curled up into a ball and every time I got up or moved it would cause me to throw up.  My mother had to take me to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with gastritis.

I can’t eat anything acidy such as oranges, limes, lemons, etc.  I did not know how I got gastritis until I realized when you told me that Special K cereal has BHT.  I was disgusted to find out what I was eating and putting into my body this entire time and I believe that’s what gave me gastritis.

Now I have to take pills everyday and they’re equivalent in size to fish oil pills.  I have to take 8 of these pills every day.

Well, I guess you can see why I got so upset.  Please try to ensure that you read ingredients, there really are a great many cereals on the shelf that you can purchase and feel good about eating.  My favorite cereal happens to be Kashi, I like all the Kashi cereals.  In fact should you need them to be sweeter, and sometimes you might; why not add some honey, maple syrup or fruit.

As far as the manufacturers of Special K go I have a thing or two I would like to say to them.

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10 thoughts on “Think Special K is OK?

  1. I’m glad you found out the truth about Special K cereal. Not only is BHT bad, but this cereal has high fructose corn syrup in it as well. In fact, I’m sure the “healthy” breakfast bars list it as an ingredient also. I’d also be wary of Kashi Cereal as it is also manufactured by Kellog and may be as natural as you think! Many “natural” Kashi cereals are made with GMO (genetically modified organism) ingredients. I’d stay away from cereal altogether. Stick with regular steel cut oatmeal instead.

  2. Vicky, thanks so much for this information. I have recently been eating as much organic raw foods as I can consume. It hurts me to say that I needed to do this out of being sick for 3 months and no allopathic doc or neuro could tell me why. Anyway, I am questioning everything now and used to eat kashi cereal all the time. I saw in an article recently that kashi is being sued also for negligence of chemicals of some sort in their cereals!! I don’t think it has gone to court yet. But people…question everything and eat as much raw organic food you can as God intended us to. And stay away from cows milk!!! Whole other subject. Organic Almond milk is good in cereals.

    • Oh my goodness! I suppose we will have to investigate Kashi. Is it too much to ask that food manufacturers be trustworthy? Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Peace and blessings.

      V Well

  3. Here’s a pretty good article about the Kashi Cereal story. http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/story/2012-04-29/kashi-natural-claims/54616576/1 used to be a small natural/organic company until taken over by Kellog. Then they quietly add dubious ingredients to their products, or quietly remove the organic label from their packaging. This happens a lot these days when big conglomerates like General Mills, Kraft, etc. buy these smaller companies usually without the public’s knowledge. My personal experience with Kashi cereal is that I ate it pretty much every day for a few years, trying to add lots of “healthy whole grains” to my diet. I started wondering why I was getting severe gas and digestive distress (I’m being polite!) Well, to make a long story short, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease 2 years ago. Celiac is a autoimmune response to the protein (gluten) found in wheat, barley, rye and some other grains.Celiac disease and related non celiac gluten intolerance is on the rise with many people being diagnosed every day. I wonder if the government’s recommendations to eat 7-10 servings of grains a day has anything to do with it, because wheat is in EVERYTHING! Angi is right when she says to eat organic , raw whole foods, where possible and stay away from cow’s milk! I like coconut or almond milk. My personal advise to people who have mysterious symptom with no obvious cause,like IBS, gastritis, joint pain, migraines,reflux,acne or you just don’t feel “right”. Try eliminating gluten and/or dairy from your diet and see you you feel after a few weeks.

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