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Kellogg's new Granola Munch'ems are in the wrong aisle.

You'll find boxes of the one-ounce pouches of bite-size triangles in the cereal aisle near the granola bars. With just 2 grams of fiber in each 130-calorie pouch, they wouldn't be cereal standouts. But if you moved them to the cookie aisle, they'd be stars.

Whole-grain oats are the primary ingredient, followed by modest amounts of sugar (9 grams, or 2 teaspoons) and vegetable oil. (The oil is mostly sunflower with what must be just a smidgen of partially hydrogenated soybean oil, since each pouch has less than 1/2 gram of trans fat and only 1 1/2 grams of saturated fat.) Kellogg also throws in the usual 10% or so of the same handful of vitamins and minerals that companies typically add to granola and cereal bars.

For a whole-grain cookie, Munch'ems' numbers are top notch. And the portion-control pouches should help you keep a lid on the munching.

Don't get us wrong. Stuffing a lunch bag with a pouch of granola snacks--with or without whole grains and vitamins is no substitute for packing an apple, a peach, a small container of baby carrots or strawberries, or a small yogurt.

But if it's a bag of Munch'ems versus a bag of Oreos, go with the granola.

Kellogg's: (800) 962-1413

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Title Annotation:RIGHT STUFF; Kellogg's Granola Munch'ems
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
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Date:Jun 1, 2006
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