Puff Up Your Protein
Start your day off right with this new protein-packed breakfast option
Cereal lovers can look forward to a new healthy choice: super-puffffed rice cereal. The standard commercial variety is “puffffed” with a steam extrusion that can destroy heat-sensitive nutrients. But a new way to blow up the grain is transforming the a.m. favorite into a product that’s loaded with a whopping three times the protein and eight times the fiber of the standard variety, as well as important micronutrients like zinc. A recent issue of the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry explained the discovery. The new way to keep the rice healthy uses a process called supercritical carbon dioxide, also long used to make decaf coffee. In addition to packing more of a nutritional punch, the new puffed rice is also crunchier and tastier. The super-grain should start turning up on grocery shelves within the next few months.