Let’s get one thing out of the way. A report released in 2009 by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale gave Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries the worst nutritional score of any cereal marketed to children and families.
The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity is a non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world’s diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma.
So they want to prevent obesity and reduce the stigma from obesity. Hey fellas, ever heard the saying “you can’t have your cake and eat it too”?
Obviously, the Rudd Center has issues. I think we can set aside their observations, don’t you?
Let’s talk about what we KNOW are the facts: CAP’N CRUNCH TASTES WONDERFUL! OH MY GOODNESS! If it’s been years since you’ve had any, make sure you’re sitting down when you have that first spoonful. Wow! Kapow! Zing! (cartoon onomatopoeias seem appropriate here).
A key to understanding Cap’n Crunch (his full name is Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch) is not to think of it as a breakfast food. You see, I prefer the 10-4 ratio to my morning coffee (10 packets of sugar, 4 creamers). That plus Cap’n Crunch might be a tad much (this coming from a person whose Mom would put sugar on top of her Frosted Flakes. I love my Mom. And she is keeping her diabetes under control very well, thank you very much!).
So if eaten as a snack, or a dessert, it makes so much more sense. It also helps you drink more milk. When you’ve eaten the last of the “sweetened just right” nuggets, and you see you still have milk in the bowl, you instinctively put a fresh mound of Cap’n Crunch in the milk that is left. Very economical.
For those of you who are proud of the fact that you eat, let’s say, Raisin Bran, I say this. Compare the sugar content. Cap’n Crunch – 12 grams. Raisin Bran – 17 grams! Ah Ha! I laugh the laugh of a conqueror!
As with many things, moderation is a key. Also, spacing out the times you eat Cap’n Crunch helps the roof of your mouth to heal just fine between feedings. Mine is healing nicely, thank you very much.