The Short Answer is:
You can give your dog the occasional square of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and they will be just fine. However having a dog sit and beg at your breakfast table isn’t a behavior you want to develop in your dog. They behave worse than the sugar-laden cereal that you feed them!
The purpose of this research is to explain “Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch?“.
- What are the main ingredients of Cinnamon Toast Crunch?
- Are any of these ingredients toxic to your dog?
- Do any of these ingredients have health benefits for your dog?
- Why would you feed a dog cinnamon toast crunch?
- How much Cinnamon Toast Crunch should you feed your dog?
- What is the best breakfast cereal to feed your dog?
- What is the most dangerous breakfast cereal to feed your dog?
- Are cinnamon rolls safe to share with your dog?
- Is cinnamon toast safe for your dog to eat?
- Can dogs eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch?
- Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch? (Watch Video)
We’ll look at how healthy it is for a dog to eat cereal in todays post.
I’m not talking about a bowl of oatmeal either.
My sights are set firmly on Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
At first glance it seems more sugar than anything else which is a bit strange.
I’ll give you a few strange facts to help provide some context…
Do you know that Cinnamon Toast Crunch is the 114th most popular food and snack in the United States?
People of all ages enjoy it so much that you can vape it in your e-cigarette buy a hoodie with it on or buy a protein powder with that same taste.
Does your dog need to eat it?
What are the main ingredients of Cinnamon Toast Crunch?
Cinnamon is the 9th most commonly used ingredient in any box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.
In addition to whole grain wheat sugar rice flour canola oil fructose maltodextrin dextrose salt and cinnamon the other ingredients are whole grain wheat sugar rice flour and cinnamon.
As with most other foods that we buy at the grocery store we do not know the exact amounts of these ingredients.
Approximately 80% of Cinnamon Toast Crunchs calories come from carbohydrates (30% of which are sugars) 10% from fat and 0.05% from protein.
Are any of these ingredients toxic to your dog?
These ingredients are not toxic to your dog so there is no need to worry.
Even if your dog ate the entire box of cereals it wouldnot harm them.
Your dog might feel very sorry for itself and have a very sick stomach for a few days but it wouldnot be on the brink of death.
Sugar is the main concern if your dog ate a large portion of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Sugar makes up to 30% of each square so this is not a healthy snack for your dog.
Dogs are just as harmful as people when it comes to sugar. Too much sugar can cause your dogs teeth to decay become obese or develop diabetes.
Sugars of different types are present in this cereal.
We can see from the ingredient list that cinnamon Toast Crunch contains not only sugar but fructose and dextrose as well.
Do any of these ingredients have health benefits for your dog?
The claim that this cereal will boost your dogs health is a bit exaggerated.
One of the main ingredients is whole grain wheat which can be a healthy part of your dogs diet but not when it is covered in so much sugar!
The same can be said of cinnamon the spice that gives the cereal its name.
As it turns out each square of toast has a very small amount of cinnamon which is a real shame.
In addition to having a great taste cinnamon has been found to have some fantastic “medical properties”.
Studies have been done on humans not dogs but cinnamon has been found to have a lot of antioxidants anti-inflammatory properties and even reduce the risk of heart disease.
When cinnamon is covered in sugar any benefits from these superpowers are lost!
Why would you feed a dog cinnamon toast crunch?
As I mentioned in passing your dog might have eaten Cinnamon Toast Crunch for several reasons.
By accident that is.
You might have left an open box of cereal on the kitchen counter when you were hurrying to get your kids out the door and off to school.
Fido wanted “comfort food” after being abandoned for a few hours by his family!
In addition to being fed toast crunch your dog might also get it because someone is sharing!
Families are becoming increasingly reliant on dogs as time passes.
I think it is becoming increasingly difficult to exclude our dogs from mealtimes.
As it is breakfast is a difficult time.
At breakfast time we are not quite awake but need to eat something to set us up for the day.
For some children it might mean feeding their dog a few squares of Cinnamon Crunch Toast to distract them.
How much Cinnamon Toast Crunch should you feed your dog?
I am going out on a limb here and saying to not feed this cereal to your dog.
Yes I know I said earlier that the food you shared with your dog wasnot toxic but I think the act of sharing breakfast with your dog is almost more dangerous than the food you’re sharing.
My apologies for causing a little consternation.
We encourage our dogs to beg when we share any food with them at a table while sitting.
Until they are fed they sit by the table.
Our dogs will always sit near the table whenever we sit at the table and this is a problem.
To use Toast Crunch as an example we might have a number of squares in our head that we think would be reasonable to feed our dog.
However our dogs do not.
We can give them three cinnamon squares or ten squares and they will stay by us the whole time we are eating.
In the end we become very frustrated and cross with our dogs when they refuse to leave us alone.
The reason they behave in this way is beyond our comprehension!
I can speak from bitter experience on this issue!
This is why I would recommend not feeding your dog any Cinnamon Toast Crunch!
What is the best breakfast cereal to feed your dog?
Porridge oats or plain and simple Shredded Wheat are the best breakfast cereals for dogs- and do not get distracted by fruit-flavored Shredded Wheat either.
It is one of the few breakfast bowls of cereal that contain no sugar or any other ingredients.
Oat flakes are the only ingredient in porridge oats and wheat is the only ingredient in original Shredded Wheat.
If your dog is allergic to wheat then Shredded Wheat is out!
After examining some of the healthiest and safest breakfast cereals we will now turn our attention to some of the most dangerous.
What is the most dangerous breakfast cereal to feed your dog?
At first glance it may seem difficult to determine which breakfast cereals are the most dangerous for our dogs.
Breakfast cereals may be our biggest concern because of their sugar content.
In fact many bowls of cereal and brands contain a lot of sugar.
Toast crunch contains about 30% sugar which is pretty standard across the range.
Sugar should not be our biggest concern as much as it is for our dogs.
You are more likely to cause a dogs death with muesli and the more deluxe the muesli that you eat the more dangerous it is.
You may think I’m crazy at this point but let me explain!
Raisins in muesli can kill dogs.
In addition raisins and grapes are highly toxic to dogs.
They have a reputation for killing them.
In addition to nuts muesli can be lethal to your dog.
Nuts are toxic to your dog but they can also cause choking.
In addition to the breakfast cereals you should not feed your dog I’d like to share some cinnamon treats you might consider sharing with your pooch
Are cinnamon rolls safe to share with your dog?
Cinnamon rolls that you might be tempted to share with your dog might not be the best for them simply because of their sugar content.
Rolls from a popular brand (Pillsbury) contain 24% sugar and 14% salt of an adults recommended daily intake.
As a result your dogs salt allowance will be significantly lower!
Additionally the other main ingredients are also nothing to write home about.
There are things like bleached flour palm and soybean oils baking powder etc.
Our dogs are also at risk from part-baked products such as these.
Cinnamon rolls for example are sold as dough and need to be heated in the oven.
The dough might expand in your dogs stomach if he eats an uncooked cinnamon roll potentially causing death.
Is cinnamon toast safe for your dog to eat?
While you do not want to feed your dog cinnamon toast regularly a few scraps would not hurt them.
Can dogs eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch?
You can give your dog the occasional square of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and they will be just fine.
However having a dog sit and beg at your breakfast table isnot a behavior you want to develop in your dog. They behave worse than the sugar-laden cereal that you feed them!
You should not feed your dog any cereal at all while you are eating.
Neither the best nor the worst breakfast cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Instead of giving your dog something to eat try giving it little pieces of shredded wheat.
Do not give your dog any muesli! Wishing you good luck!
If you want to read more about dog food tips read here: Dog Food Tips and Tricks.