The Kid Tested, Mother Approved® and made with All Natural corn messaging attracted my attention to try this cereal. I am always on the lookout for products we can try (and write about) that appear to offer a healthy nutrition to young kids. Although, it was really difficult to locate it on the shelf and I had to ask for help, I was determined to find it after I heard about it from a reader. I should add that until I came across this product, I had never tried Kix before even though it seems to have existed for over 70 years!
Here is what we like about this product –
- Only 3 g sugar in a 30 g serving (1 1/4 cup).
- 3 g dietary fiber, made with whole grain corn.
- Only 110 calories, 150 if you add 1/2 cup of skim milk.
- No saturated fat, no trans fat, no cholesterol.
- Added vitamins and minerals especially iron and vitamin D3.
- Good crunchy taste. The small corn balls captured the fancy of my son who made Mickey ears out of them! It makes a good finger food.
Here is what we don’t like about this product –
- Contains added salt, 1 serving has 190 mg or 8% of daily recommended value on a 2000 calorie diet.
- Contains trisodium phosphate – according to nutritiondata.com, it is used as a buffer, emulsifier, foaming agent, neutralizing agent, sequestrant, stabilizer, suspending agent and whipping agent. In short, it helps mix a lot of different things! The description on Wikipedia shows its use in cleaning agents, as a flux and a paint enhancer.
- The small corn balls, although fun and crunchy, are a choking hazard for young toddlers.
- Higher cost – boxed cereals, in general are expensive and we mostly buy them on sale. This particular product, although priced at the standard $3.99 contains a slightly lower weight than other similar sized cereals. The net effect is that you are paying a slightly higher amount.
I asked my followers on Twitter and Facebook what they thought about this product. Here are a couple of comments:
Rashmi Nigam @yumkid shared her own review of Kix as she agreed with the good taste:
We just tried Kix last week and reviewed it. It tastes quite yummy.
Registered dietitian Sarah Eastridge Hortman was also positive in her comment on facebook:
Kix is a really great choice. Kid friendly and nutritious without too much sugar! Kix is one of the top choices in my article on Top 8 Kid Friendly Cereals
Dr. Susan Robin @DrSuRu who prefers to serve cooked grain, eggs or dinner leftovers for breakfast, shared her opinion on cereals
My family & I stay away from boxed cereal for many reasons. Health, environment, economy to name a few.
Overall, I think that the best feature of this product is low sugar. A good alternative if you want to see some diversity on your cereal shelf.
Disclaimer – I have not received any sponsorship or free samples of product from General Mills for writing this review. For complete nutritional information and other products, visit Kix website.