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Most cereals are high in carbs so the keto marketing claim helps them stand out.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this article we’ll review the ingredients in Magic Spoon and conclude whether the cereals are actually healthy and compatible with a keto diet.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUnlike nearly every other review of Magic Spoon, we have no affiliation with the brand and don’t make money by driving people to their site, so our review is unbiased.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\n\u003cb\u003eIngredient Review \u003c\/b\u003e\u003cb\u003e- Is it Actually Healthy?\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/MagicSpoonIngredientsOptimized.png?v=1630009723\" alt=\"Magic Spoon Ingredients list\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAll flavors of Magic Spoon contain the same core ingredients, with only minor differences for natural colorants like vegetable juice.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWi\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eth the exception of “natural flavors”, we find every ingredient on this list to be relatively healthy and a much better alternative to regular American breakfast cereal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe say “relatively” because we’re comparing this product with other cereals from a health perspective. Eating a whole-food, nutritionally dense breakfast like eggs and a salad with nuts would be healthier in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMilk protein is a blend of casein and whey protein which provides most of the protein for this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA sweetener blend of monk fruit extract and allulose should be healthier than regular processed table sugar, because both ingredients \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/27956737\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehave been associated\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in medical studies with a much more favorable effect on blood sugar parameters.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMagic Spoon uses sunflower and avocado oil for their oil blend. We wouldn’t recommend high amounts of these but they should be fine in moderation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTapioca starch is a gluten free flour base from the cassava plant, and chicory root inulin is a prebiotic fiber with \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31707507\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ebeneficial effects\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on gut health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMagic Spoon adds flavor and texture with peanut flour, peanut extract and cocoa powder. All three of these ingredients are high in nutrients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVegetable juice, turmeric extract and spirulina extract are natural coloring agents which are significantly healthier than the artificial food dye used in most cereals (like Reese’s Puffs). Vegetable juice can be used for various colors while turmeric is orange and spirulina is green.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA modest amount of salt is used, and then “natural flavors”. This final ingredient is the only one we take issue with because this is an unregulated term and consumers can’t tell what chemicals are actually used. As we discussed in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/high-voltage-detox-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHigh Voltage Detox\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e review, natural flavors could be harmless or harmful and without knowing the exact chemicals used we can’t determine this.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we would say that Magic Spoon is relatively healthy and is a much better option than traditional breakfast cereals which contain copious amounts of added sugar, artificial flavorings, dyes, and cheap cooking oils.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMagic Spoon may be especially beneficial for diabetic consumers, because \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/26297965\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eresearch studies have found\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that allulose has antihyperglycemic (blood sugar lowering) effects. We recommend that diabetic patients talk to their doctor before making any dietary changes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Magic Spoon Actually Keto?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/MagicSpoonCarbs.png?v=1630009620\" alt=\"Magic Spoon carbs label claim\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is where their marketing claims get interesting. Magic Spoon servings range from 10 to 15 g carbs, which would typically be too high for a keto meal, but the company claims only 4 g net carbs because allulose has no impact on insulin or blood sugar.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eKetogenic diets typically restrict carbs to 20-50 g of carbs per day to induce ketosis. This is a general guideline and individual response will vary.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe reason the company can claim a much lower net carb amount is because allulose, the sweetener we referenced earlier, is counted as a carb on the Nutrition Facts label but has zero calories and is undigested \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7919569\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ebased on medical trials\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAlso it’s worth noting that if you consume this product with milk it will not be a keto meal, because milk has 12 g carbs per cup. There are milk alternatives with lower carbs, but very few with 0 g carbs.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVery few people consume one small serving of cereal, so if we double the 170 calorie serving size we end up with 8 g carb before adding milk or a milk substitute. Even almond milk contains around 8 g carbs per 60 calorie serving, so we find it unlikely that regular usage of this product will aid in ketosis.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eConsumers who are really on top of macro tracking can make Magic Spoon a part of a keto meal, but we believe that unless it’s consumed plain or with water instead of milk, it’s likely to end up in a higher carb total than should be allotted for one of three daily keto meals.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMagic Spoon is a healthy alternative to regular breakfast cereal, and can be part of a keto meal with proper planning.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe formulation is relatively high in nutrients and low in harmful additives, but we question the inclusion of natural flavors and would like to see Magic Spoon publish exactly what those flavoring agents consist of.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere isn’t much long term safety data on novel sweeteners like allulose, and questions about the safety of novel chemicals is why we always recommend a whole foods diet for most of your meals.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall though, we think Magic Spoon would be an improvement over most cereals for an occasional (relatively) healthy snack.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-11-14T00:30:01-05:00","updated_at":"2022-10-03T19:21:16-04:00","summary_html":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"Polaris-Card_yis1o\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"Polaris-Card__Section_1b1h1\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"Sd8DF\"\u003eWe review the ingredients in keto breakfast cereal brand Magic Spoon and explains whether or not it's healthy. 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Magic Spoon Review: Is it Healthier Than Regular Cereals?

Magic Spoon Review: Is it Healthier Than Regular Cereals?


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Magic Spoon is a cereal brand tha​​​​t advertises itself as healthy and keto-friendly. Most cereals are high in carbs so the keto marketing claim helps them stand out.

In this article we’ll review the ingredients in Magic Spoon and conclude whether the cereals are actually healthy and compatible with a keto diet.

Unlike nearly every other review of Magic Spoon, we have no affiliation with the brand and don’t make money by driving people to their site, so our review is unbiased.

Ingredient Review - Is it Actually Healthy?

Magic Spoon Ingredients list

All flavors of Magic Spoon contain the same core ingredients, with only minor differences for natural colorants like vegetable juice.

With the exception of “natural flavors”, we find every ingredient on this list to be relatively healthy and a much better alternative to regular American breakfast cereal.

We say “relatively” because we’re comparing this product with other cereals from a health perspective. Eating a whole-food, nutritionally dense breakfast like eggs and a salad with nuts would be healthier in our opinion.

Milk protein is a blend of casein and whey protein which provides most of the protein for this product.

A sweetener blend of monk fruit extract and allulose should be healthier than regular processed table sugar, because both ingredients have been associated in medical studies with a much more favorable effect on blood sugar parameters.

Magic Spoon uses sunflower and avocado oil for their oil blend. We wouldn’t recommend high amounts of these but they should be fine in moderation.

Tapioca starch is a gluten free flour base from the cassava plant, and chicory root inulin is a prebiotic fiber with beneficial effects on gut health.

Magic Spoon adds flavor and texture with peanut flour, peanut extract and cocoa powder. All three of these ingredients are high in nutrients.

Vegetable juice, turmeric extract and spirulina extract are natural coloring agents which are significantly healthier than the artificial food dye used in most cereals (like Reese’s Puffs). Vegetable juice can be used for various colors while turmeric is orange and spirulina is green.

A modest amount of salt is used, and then “natural flavors”. This final ingredient is the only one we take issue with because this is an unregulated term and consumers can’t tell what chemicals are actually used. As we discussed in our High Voltage Detox review, natural flavors could be harmless or harmful and without knowing the exact chemicals used we can’t determine this.

Overall we would say that Magic Spoon is relatively healthy and is a much better option than traditional breakfast cereals which contain copious amounts of added sugar, artificial flavorings, dyes, and cheap cooking oils.

Magic Spoon may be especially beneficial for diabetic consumers, because research studies have found that allulose has antihyperglycemic (blood sugar lowering) effects. We recommend that diabetic patients talk to their doctor before making any dietary changes.

Is Magic Spoon Actually Keto?

Magic Spoon carbs label claim

This is where their marketing claims get interesting. Magic Spoon servings range from 10 to 15 g carbs, which would typically be too high for a keto meal, but the company claims only 4 g net carbs because allulose has no impact on insulin or blood sugar.

Ketogenic diets typically restrict carbs to 20-50 g of carbs per day to induce ketosis. This is a general guideline and individual response will vary.

The reason the company can claim a much lower net carb amount is because allulose, the sweetener we referenced earlier, is counted as a carb on the Nutrition Facts label but has zero calories and is undigested based on medical trials.

Also it’s worth noting that if you consume this product with milk it will not be a keto meal, because milk has 12 g carbs per cup. There are milk alternatives with lower carbs, but very few with 0 g carbs.

Very few people consume one small serving of cereal, so if we double the 170 calorie serving size we end up with 8 g carb before adding milk or a milk substitute. Even almond milk contains around 8 g carbs per 60 calorie serving, so we find it unlikely that regular usage of this product will aid in ketosis.

Consumers who are really on top of macro tracking can make Magic Spoon a part of a keto meal, but we believe that unless it’s consumed plain or with water instead of milk, it’s likely to end up in a higher carb total than should be allotted for one of three daily keto meals.

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Conclusion

Magic Spoon is a healthy alternative to regular breakfast cereal, and can be part of a keto meal with proper planning.

The formulation is relatively high in nutrients and low in harmful additives, but we question the inclusion of natural flavors and would like to see Magic Spoon publish exactly what those flavoring agents consist of.

There isn’t much long term safety data on novel sweeteners like allulose, and questions about the safety of novel chemicals is why we always recommend a whole foods diet for most of your meals.

Overall though, we think Magic Spoon would be an improvement over most cereals for an occasional (relatively) healthy snack.




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