The Bar or the Bowl?

By Shannon King
October 4, 2001

Justine DiFilippo

Your alarm rings in your ear and you scream, noticing that you only have five minutes before class. You barely have time to brush your teeth and comb your hair, but you’re starving and there’s no way that there is time for breakfast. What do you do?

For most people today, our lives are pretty busy and typically we don’t have time for the most important meal of the day. That’s why so many companies have come out with breakfast bars as the “meal on the go.”

The craze started with Pop Tarts when we were younger, which are still pretty popular. Today however, we have fruit and grain bars, oatmeal bars, granola bars and any other kind of bar that you can think of. Cheerios and Golden Grahams have even come out with a cereal bar that claims to have real milk in it.

Some of these bars may not be as healthy for you as you think. For example some of the granola bars are now made with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips or even with Snickers or other bits of candy bars. Reading the nutrition labels is a must when trying to pick out a quick and healthy start to your day. Sometimes you might be better off just setting that alarm for a little earlier.

With college students and other very busy people as the target market for these products, are these bars just as popular as the real thing? No. Most students prefer actual cereal to the fad cereal bars. Junior Ashley Graham says, “The ones with the milk in them are disgusting. It’s not real milk, they’re really dry.” One bar that still gets a good reaction from almost everyone however, is the Rice Krispy Treat. While most students admit that these bars are quick and convenient, there is still no substitute for sitting down to a good old bowl of cereal with fresh cold milk.

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