Updated General Mills Cereal Recipes Now Available
Seventy-five percent of General Mills' iconic cereals are now free of artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources
The seven updated cereal recipes arrive on store shelves as the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines outline a growing need for consumers to add more whole grains in their diet, an area General Mills Big G cereals has been working on since 2005. This has resulted in whole grains as the first ingredient in all of its cereals.
"We are thrilled to see the 2015 Dietary Guidelines continue to recommend making half of your grains whole and recognizing 16 grams of whole grain as a serving, which wasn't in the previous Guidelines," said Lesley Shiery, RD, senior nutrition scientist, Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition at General Mills. "All of our Big G cereals contain at least 10 grams of whole grain per serving and many also deliver underconsumed nutrients for specific populations like vitamins A, C, D, calcium and iron."
The updated General Mills' cereal recipes now include fruit and vegetables juices, as well as spice extracts such as turmeric and annatto to achieve the fun red, yellow, orange and purple colors in Trix and Fruity Cheerios. Reese' Puffs and Golden Grahams will incorporate natural vanilla flavor to achieve the same great taste that adults and children have come to expect.
"Our General Mills Big G cereal team is always listening to consumers about how we can improve our cereals and make them better, including removing artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources," said Lauren Pradhan, senior marketing manager for wellness strategy in the Cereal division. "The updated recipes hitting the cereal aisle this month deliver great taste and core benefits like whole grains to help moms and dads feel great about enjoying cereal with their family again."