Little rant here - for the past year and a half I've been eating Kellogg's Special K Protein Plus cereal. A serving has only 9 grams of net carbs. I'm fairly carb sensitive in the morning, and this is the only cereal I've found that I can eat without getting a spike.
I bought some at the supermarket last week without noticing the "now tastes even better" on the front. I took my 2 units of Apidra I normally need for the old formula, poured myself a bowl, and immediately noticed it tasted sweeter. I looked at the nutrition facts and noticed they've reduced the fiber, added sugar, and changed the main ingredient from wheat bran to whole grain wheat. In total, it's only 8 more grams of net carbs, and still very low for a cereal. I got out the Apidra pen and took another unit to give it a try. An hour later I tested to see how this one affected me. With the old formula, my blood sugar would stay under 120 at the 1 hour mark and be back under 100 at 2 hours. With this one I was still under 100 at the 2 hour mark, but spiked up to 170 at one hour.
I wrote Kellogg's feedback to complain about the changes. This was in the response:
"While Special K Protein Plus has been popular with many diabetic individuals since it was introduced in 2004, over the years we received feedback from consumers indicating a desire to further enhance the taste. Specifically, consumers found the cereal’s flavor too strong and bitter-tasting."
My solution was always to add a packet of Splenda. Kellogg's solution was to diminish the nutritional profile of a cereal they specifically market to diabetics to a point where it's no longer a good breakfast option for me. I guess I'll go back to cottage cheese :(
Anyone have other recommendations? Anyone else eat this and want to send Kellogg a message? http://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/contact-us.html