They’re Gr-r-reat!! Or are they? Are Frosted Flakes Vegan? That is surprising a pretty popular question given the popularity of this breakfast cereal and cartoon tiger that has become a cultural icon.
It is pretty common for cereals like this to contain milk or milk products so let’s take a closer look at the ingredients of the traditional Frosted Flakes breakfast cereal: corn, sugar, malt flavor, salt, BHT for freshness and vitamins and minerals. No milk or milk derivatives! That means that yes, indeed, Frosted Flakes ARE vegan.
HOWEVER, are Frosted Flakes the most nutrient dense choice?? No. As a vegan dietitian, I help educate people about increasing overall nutrition and fiber at meals and Frosted Flakes is not a good example of this with <1g fiber (because it’s corn based vs whole wheat/whole grain based) and only 1 gram of protein. Frosted Flakes will not keep you full for very long and it’s just not a nutritionally dense breakfast option to start your day. If you like flakes, I recommend Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes.
Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes breakfast cereal is made with kamut (an ancient grain), quinoa, wheat bran, oats, barley, and millet (all of which are incredibly nutrient dense!). These breakfast flakes have half the amount of sugar as Frosted Flakes (5 grams of sugar in Heritage Flakes vs 10 grams of sugar in Frosted Flakes), and more than triple the amount of fiber and protein! Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes have 7 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein and are power packed to help get your morning off to a truly Gr-e-eat start!!