Question: Dear Monique, I'm having a hard time finding out the source of calcium which goes into Total breakfast cereal that I eat each day. I've been vegetarian for five years and the thought of eating bone meal (animal bones) is disturbing to me, however I do want to be sure and get enough calcium. Some cereals list the chemical calcium sulfate as the source but Total doesn't. Any help you can provide will be appreciated. Jesse
Answer: I want to commend you for being a label reader! Too many people consume products without really looking at the ingredients or Nutrition Facts label. (The thought of eating animal bones disturbes me as well.)
I contacted General Mills, who makes "Total" breakfast cereal, both by phone and E-mail. Two different representatives assured me that the added calcium in Total is in the form of calcium carbonate. The calcium is from limestone. It is not animal bones or chalk.
If you need to find out any other information about the ingredients of "Total" breakfast cereal, you can E-mail General Mills at TotalCereal@mail.genmills.com or their form page, or call their toll-free number at 1-800-248-7310. (You can also find out about other cereals and products that General Mills makes at this number.)
You may also want to check out my Q&A
"What are non-dairy vegetarian sources for calcium?"
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