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Taste test: Grandma Crunch, low-carb, low sugar cereal that tricks the tastebuds

It seems the trend for low-carb or ketogenic diets continues. A quick scan of Instagram demonstrates why with thousands of people attributing life-changing weightloss transformations to carb cutting.

The only problem with carbohydrate reduction, and I know because I’ve tried several times, is boredom. There’s only so much veg and protein you can eat before you start to crave bread and sweet stuff.

Breakfast cereals are generally a no-go. Even high energy, nutritious porridge is laden with carbs (one cup of cooked oatmeal has around 27g of carb and 4g of protein), although it has plenty of other health boosting benefits, like lowering blood sugar and cholesterol.

Most well-known cereal brands contain at least 20 grams of carbs per serving (around 31g). And as the ketogenic diet only allows up to 50g a day, it’s easy to understand why breakfast cereals are often discarded on a low-carb diet, particularly when you need to add milk and sweetener to many of them.

Carbs in cereals

Cheerios have about 20.50 grams of carbohydrates per 1-cup serving. They’re also gluten-free for those watching their gluten intake.

An oldie but goodie, Wheaties have been around since 1922. They’re fairly low in carbohydrates compared to many cereals, coming in at 23 grams per ¾-cup serving.

At 22.75 grams of carbohydrates per cup, Kellogg’s Special K cereal is a lower-carb content choice.

So when I got some samples of the new low-carb breakfast cereal Grandma Crunch which boasts just 5g of net carbs, 0g of sugar and a massive 14.8g of protein per 31g bowl, I was mightily impressed. But, I presumed they’d taste like cardboard.

This product is made from soy protein, so it’s vegan friendly. The sweet taste is provided by erythritol, a natural sweetener which does not spike insulin (good news for diabetics or those with pre-diabetes). Chicory root is responsible for the 3.3g of fibre per bowl – Cornflakes have just 0.9g. Tapioca starch has been chosen for extra crunch. And crunchy they absolutely are. In fact, if Grandma has dentures she may struggle.

The cereal comes in three flavours, Cocoa, Coconut and Cinnamon. It’s dairy, gluten, grain, wheat and preservative free. I know, hard to believe, isn’t it?

Grandma Crunch is founded by husband and wife duo, Charlotte and Norman, who believe in alternative functional foods. They believe food should be delicious as well as providing a crucial function and significant impact on how you feel and how you perform. Charlotte is passionate about the problems of diet culture and the impact of misleading consumers. Norman is driven by data and has spent many years researching diets, meditation, stress management and sleep patterns, which together has led them to the creation of this new cereal.

I have to say, I’m not a big cereal eater, but Grandma Crunch is very more-ish. I had the Coconut version as a mid-morning snack without milk but with a banana. At just 110 cals, I was impressed. It not only tastes good, not too sweet like lots of cereals, but enough to give you a sugar hit without the hit.

I’ve since tried it with kefir, yogurt, milk and on its own and I can honestly say it’s worth giving it a try if you’re on a low carb diet and craving something a bit different.

On the point of sales, this product is not cheap – a pack of two boxes with 9 servings per box costs £13.49, that’s around 60p a bowl. Cereals, like Cornflakes, cost somewhere around £2 depending where you shop, so the cost could be prohibitive. So why is it so expensive?

Grandma says: “Specialist ingredients are needed in order for us to achieve our high protein, low carb ratio. Compared to the ingredients used in regular cereal, protein is an expensive ingredient and protein makes up 45% of Grandma Crunch!”

So there you have it. If you want a scrumptious alternative to supplement your low-carb or keto diet, this could be the answer.

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Diane Cooke
Diane Cooke is a three times award-winning journalist who has worked for UK national/regional newspapers, magazines and websites.

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