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Letter: Do you salt your cereal?

One of the things that I remember when I was growing up is my mother always squeezing fresh orange juice for us at breakfast. Mom always had the table ready in the morning for us to eat. Usually there was fresh fruit, coffee, milk, orange juice and the salt and pepper on the table for us before we sat down. That was always our family time to eat and discuss what we were going to do that day.

There is one thing though that I really don't remember ever happening. We all salted our eggs, but for the life of me, I don't ever remember any of us salting our cereal! Now to me that doesn't seem strange, why would we? We used sugar.

This morning when I was eating my maple and brown sugar oatmeal for breakfast, there was a clump of what I thought was brown sugar. When I bit into to it, it was salty! So I looked at the ingredients on the package and to my surprise what was listed was 290 mg of sodium (salt). I don't know about you, but my Mom never once said, "Don't forget to salt your cereal" at the breakfast table. At that point I took down the other box of my oatmeal with raisins, dates and walnuts to look at the ingredients. The only thing that I could think of after I saw it had 190 mg of sodium in it was this: The guy in the funny-looking black hat figured my mama had it wrong by not teaching us to salt our cereal so he thought he'd do it for her.

Now I can hardly wait to get home from work to see how much salt I get from the other cereal boxes in our pantry. After all, I need to make sure our grandson gets his share of salt in his cereal as I don't want to see him brought up like me. Now, I'll be sure to tell him, "Don't forget to salt your cereal.

Jerry Miller


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