Interesting little item in Haaretz about certain cereals that are no longer available for purchase in Israeli supermarkets:
Cheerios, the cereal that has long been a staple of American breakfasts, will no longer be distributed in Israel. It is being replaced by a sugary alternative that, according to the importer, is more suited to the Israeli palate.I find it interesting that Israeli palates are so suited to foods with a high sugar content that there is not enough demand for unsweetened cereals to keep them on the shelves. Coupled with the obscenely high-fat and high-sodium snacks that are so popular in Israel, such as Bissli and Bamba, this doesn't speak highly of Israeli snacking and eating habits. With all of the public warnings from medical and health experts that high-sugar and high-fat foods are one of the causes of the mushrooming obesity and diabetes epidemics in America, I wonder whether this preference for sweet foods that seems to exist in Israel translates into a society-wide health risk. I'd love to see some data on the rates of childhood diabetes and obesity in Israeli vs. American youth.
Original Cheerios, easily identified by its trademark bright yellow box, does not have enough of a demand here, Anglo File has learned. A new, multi-grain version of the cereal - which has nearly five times as much sugar per serving as the original oat-based product - is now being sold here instead.
...In another blow to American cereal eaters, Kellogg's Rice Krispies will also no longer be available in Israel.