The Wall Street Journal did an exposé on Grape Nuts last year.
The big reveal? There are no grape nuts in Grape Nuts. Mostly because there is no such thing as a grape nut.
What’s in it then?
This next bit is borrowed directly from the WSJ article:
Mixed with yeast (one cup per 2,000 pounds) and water, the flour turns to dough, gets chopped into 10-pound loaves and sent into a huge oven — 1,610 loaves at a time.
The loaves then emerge from the oven and catapult into the darkness. An instant later, they hit the fan — a whirling high-speed shredder that rips them to smithereens.
So that’s what they are: effectively, compacted croutons. With some vitamins and minerals sprayed on. I’m crushed.
Here’s a Grape Nuts ad from the 1960s:
I’m laughing because Burke is my maiden name and maybe this ad – that came out around the time I was born – was early brainwashing.
Because I’ve been a Grape Nut fan for years. At least since the 80s. There’s something so satisfying about the serious crunch factor of this cereal.
But I’m also a fan of eating whole grains. So bye bye Grape Nuts.
On the training front we did a bike ride on Sunday – 16 miles and 1,600 vertical feet of climbing. FUN! Felt pretty darn strong too. I think it was the glorious day of sunshine and being able to ride in a short sleeved jersey that fueled my bike.