Episode 007: Lack of Nutrition and Women in American Cereal
In today’s episode of Smörgåsbord, Angel and Mik talk about cereal and the lack of nutrition and women mascots. Yes! If you think about it, do you remember growing up with any cereal mascots who are women? And also, is it really a big deal?
In other news, we get new equipment and Angel tries fancy high tea.
00:00 Opening Song
00:43 Show introduction
03:02 History of cereal
11:09 How cereal is made
12:23 Health in cereal
18:29 Mascots in cereal
21:01 Origins of some cereal mascots (Captain Crunch, Rice Krispies, Trix, Frosted Flakes, Lucky Charms)
33:07 Where did all the female cereal mascots go?
38:50 How about female mascots in breakfast food as a whole?
41:25 Does cereal taste good?
42:45 What’s in your palette?
Resources from today’s episode:
“Troubling: What’s missing in the world of cereal mascots?” by Brandon James
“Pour yourself a bowl of unfairness” by Denise Snodell
“You know Tony the Tiger, but what about Katy the Kangaroo?” By Dave Benson
“A Short History of Cereal” by Kim Severson
“Breakfast cereals ranked best to worst” by British Heart Foundation
“Breakfast Cereals: Healthy or Unhealthy?” by Hrefna Palsdottir, MS
“The Stories Behind Your Favorite Cereal Mascots” by College Weekend
“Breakfast cereal mascots: Beloved and bizarre” by David Morgan
“How Cereal Became the Quintessential American Breakfast” by Jaya Saxena
“Then and Now: The Evolution of Cereal Mascots” by Joshua Johnson
About the show
Welcome to Smörgåsbord! A show where we explore the rituals, myths and all things strange about the world of food. Join the neverending silliness of hosts Angel and Mik as they discover strange rituals like bread and wine turning to the body and blood of a God, or holding carp as pets in bathtubs during Christmas.
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