NCBI ROFL: Scientific proof that milk is better on cereal than water.

By ncbi rofl | May 8, 2012 7:00 pm

Physical properties and microstructural changes during soaking of individual corn and quinoa breakfast flakes.

“The importance of breakfast cereal flakes (BCF) in Western diets deserves an understanding of changes in their mechanical properties and microstructure that occur during soaking in a liquid (that is, milk or water) prior to consumption. The maximum rupture force (RF) of 2 types of breakfast flaked products (BFP)–corn flakes (CF) and quinoa flakes (QF)–were measured directly while immersed in milk with 2% of fat content (milk 2%) or distilled water for different periods of time between 5 and 300 s. Under similar soaking conditions, QF presented higher RF values than CF. Soaked flakes were freeze-dried and their cross section and surface examined by scanning electron microscopy. Three consecutive periods (fast, gradual, and slow reduction of RF) were associated with changes in the microstructure of flakes. These changes were more pronounced in distilled water than in milk 2%, probably because the fat and other solids in milk become deposited on the flakes’ surface hindering liquid infiltration. Structural and textural modifications were primarily ascribable to the plasticizing effect of water that softened the carbohydrate/protein matrix, inducing partial collapse of the porous structure and eventually disintegration of the whole piece through deep cracks.”

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  • arpan

    I love it when science answers questions no one really asked seriously.

  • Kil-iller

    who gives a Fark anyways

  • C’mon Man

    Who puts water on cereal?

    • D H

      I did, when I was 7 and poor. It was definitely a step down from bread and milk. That is; a piece of bread, with milk and a bit of sugar to make it less disgusting. It’s a wonder I didn’t get rickets

  • Anonymous

    Next up: Scientific proof that blueberry pies taste better than mud pies.

  • Anonymous

    Something tells me Silk may take offense to this…

  • Melody Jane

    Well, I had difficulty digesting milk as a child and my grandmother used to suggest putting water on my cereal instead of milk. There are definitely people who do it. 

    /Just saying to the people who can’t wrap their minds around the idea that because they’ve never heard of something that it must not exist in society anywhere. 

    • Bump

      BUT, does it exist enough in society that it deserves a funded college study? Umm, probably not.

  • Tim Patterson

    I used to, but that was poverty.

  • Jessica

    We did a scientific experiment in my 8th grade science class when I was in school: 

    Here’s what you need:
    1.) one plastic cup
    2.) ziplock baggy
    3.) Cornflakes are preferred
    4.) Water
    5.) a magnet (you remember those magnet from school–the long skinny handled magnets)
    6.) a rubber band 

    Here’s what you do:
    Put the cornflakes and water in the cup. Put the long skinny handled magnet in the ziplock baggy tie the rubber band around the ziplock baggy. Start mixing the cornflakes up in the water with the magnet and when you are done you can see iron shavings magnetically stuck to the ziplock baggy cover magnet. Now you’ve learned the coolest science experiment ever.

  • robin

    Gosh I hope that this was not funded by tax dollars

  • Bump

    I’m guessing taxpayers contributed to this completely useless study

  • Guest

    Oh please, we all know everyone should stay away from milk after age 7-9….

  • Michael Blazer

    Should definitely be put up for an Ignoble Prize.

  • Dargons

    Did anyone really need a study to tell them that? Who even puts milk on water, anyway?


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