Seemingly awesome Olympian Michael Phelps’ decision to endorse Kellogg's Frosted Flakes by appearing on the box is pissing off many health experts who are worried about the message he'll be sending to children across America.
"I would not consider Frosted Flakes the food of an Olympian," said nutritionist Rebbecca Solomon of Mount Sinai Medical Center. “I would rather see him promoting Fiber One. I would rather see him promoting oatmeal. I would even rather see him promoting Cheerios."
So why not Wheaties, the traditional (and less bad for ya) cereal endorsement choice for many athletes? Doesn’t he know Frosted Flakes has three times the amount of sugar as Wheaties and 1/3rd the fiber. That may not matter to a pro swimmer who burns 12,000 calories a day, but to us regular slobs, that’s a lot of sugar!
"For a guy like Michael Phelps who isn't worried about obesity because he's burning thousands of calories as an athlete...eating Corn Flakes and Frosted Flakes every so often is not an issue," Solomon said.
The cereal boxes with his mug on ‘em will hit supermarket shelves in mid-September. Phelps, 23, the winner of a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, will appear on Corn Flakes boxes as well.