Very berry cheerios is a newer variation on fruity Cheerios that have been around for a few years now. In case you haven’t noticed, there have been specific kinds of Cheerios showing up at the store lately. We tried the chocolate peanut butter Cheerios earlier in 2020 and recently checked out the blueberry version, too.
Original Cheerios have always been a little boring to me. Honey Nut has never disappointed, but when I saw the fruit-flavored kinds, it made sense to give them a try. Plus, I needed to get something more premium after my last Dollar Tree cereal.
There’s actually an insane amount of different kinds of Cheerios nowadays. Plus, even if the FDA disagrees, it sounds like they really are good for your heart health.
Either way, they help me power through my various business shenanigans when I need energy. If you don’t eat, it’s tougher to show up. Something like that.
The Company Behind Very Berry Cheerios
Very Berry Cheerios cereal is manufactured by General Mills. That company is over 150 years old and does over 17 billion in revenue annually. It was formed about a year before the Great Depression began when a few different mills were combined.
Cheerios first hit the market in 1941 and were actually known as Cheerioats, which is pretty neat. Fast forward a few years and now we’re at this fancy whole grain-berry-cholesterol lowering kind.
I actually had to write a paper back in high school (about 11 years ago) arguing for or against Cheerios being a drug because of the heart health claims.
Basically, because of the soluble fiber content, that’s how they say it can help lower cholesterol. It’s definitely no silver bullet, because you need to be eating a lot of other healthy foods in order to really lower cholesterol.
That’s if yours is even high in the first place.
We already know that these Very Berry Cheerios look healthy. The front of the box shows that it’s gluten-free, flavored with real fruit, and as mentioned above, can help lower cholesterol. I never realized that whole grain oats could be gluten-free, guess you learn something new every day.
One serving of Very Berry Cheerios is 1 cup and 140 calories without milk. Adding in a half cup of skim milk puts it at 180 calories. There isn’t much fat in there for you to worry about (if low fat is your thing).
Little bit of sodium and not as many carbs as I expected. Only 11% of your daily value right there.
Then there’s the soluble fiber that was part of all the FDA controversy a few years back. The cereal does contain a little more sugar than I was expecting. You’ll be getting 22% of your daily value with the dry Very Berry Cheerios.
One weird thing about this nutrition label is that there’s definitely sugar in some skim milk out there. The label doesn’t seem to account for that for some reason.
Moving on, we have a little bit of protein then a whole lot of vitamins and minerals.
Very Berry Cheerios Vitamins and Minerals
The get their own section because there’s so many of ’em. Just looking at what you get from cereal-only, there’s 10% of your daily vitamin D, 10% of your calcium, and 20% of your iron.
There’s pretty standard amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C. Then there’s a larger amount of Thiamin.
It also has a few other B vitamins and various metals.
The ingredients all look pretty healthy in this Very Berry Cheerios. You’ve got your whole grain oats, sugar, and corn syrup (not high-fructose corn syrup). Then there are all your fruit powders in there, too. Blueberry powder, strawberry powder, and even cranberry powder!
The Very Berry Cheerios Review
I’m not sure if they had a smaller edition or if the family size was the only option, but, I went with that one. For the amount of cereal I eat these days, it usually makes the most sense for me to get bigger boxes.
Biting into the first few Very Berry Cheerios, the fruit flavors were really strong. I ate this without the milk, too. It did taste a little more sugary than I was ready for, but, ultimately it was really good. The combination of different berry flavors was great.
Having some more (this time with almond milk) was even better. These are great for breakfast or really any time!