The media tells us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Our bodies need plenty of fiber to keep our digestive systems healthy and happy, so breakfast cereal is often the ideal option in order to get our daily amount of fiber.
However, not all breakfast cereals are created equal! Some breakfast cereals can contain a huge amount of sugar and other bad stuff, which could be detrimental to your overall health.
Below we list some of the more common ‘bad’ cereals and their equivalent in junk food:
Coco Pops – This is one of the more popular breakfast cereals especially for kids. However, in an average serving of Coco Pops there is around 3 and a half teaspoons of sugar without milk and around 5 and a half teaspoons with, this equates to 35% of your sugar intake. This is one of the more sugary cereals available and will cause a huge sugar rush and then crash leaving you hungry mid-morning.
Frosties – Frosties were recently voted the most unhealthy cereal by Which? Magazine. With a whopping 15% of your daily sugar allowance in each bowl it is easy to see why. While Frosties are fortified with vitamins and minerals, it would be far healthier to have some toast and honey for breakfast than to have a bowl of Frosties.
Rice Crispies Mutligrain Shapes – These are marketed as an ideal healthy cereal for children due to the natural prebiotic source it contains, this can help with digestion however you would be better giving your children a bowl of porridge which contains far less sugar. A bowl of rice crispies multi-grain shapes contains the equivalent in sugar of two chocolate digestives.
Weetabix Minis Fruit and Nut – While Weetabix is one of the more healthy breakfast cereals, Weetabix Minis Fruit and Nut contains over 3 and a half teaspoons of sugar when you add milk. Although this sugar is due to the addition of fruit and nuts, it would still be much more healthy to choose original Weetabix over this, as it has over 6 times less sugar and more fiber per serving.
Ready Brek with Honey – Ready Brek is ordinarily a very good cereal to have as it is fortified with all kinds of vitamins including Vitamin B, Vitamin D and Iron, as well as 50% of a child’s calcium intake. However this variety with added honey contains over 20 times more sugar than the plain original. It would be much better to have the original with a spoonful of honey to help added some sweetness to the taste.
At Claims Belfast these are just a few examples of bad breakfast cereals you should probably avoid, however there are a few healthy options that you can choose to help make your breakfasts more fulfilling and nutritious:
Original Weetabix – This classic cereal is high in fibre and low in sugar so is the perfect choice if you are looking for a healthy breakfast cereal substitute.
Porridge – Porridge has been a favorite breakfast cereal for generations and for good reason. With it being high in fiber and full of vitamins and minerals that are essential for our health and well-being.
Muesli – A small portion of muesli provides an excellent source of fibre and a large portion of your fruit intake for the day. Substitute the milk for low fat yoghurt and you can get a good amount of calcium and protein to help fortify your diet for the day. It is important however to ensure you don’t eat too much muesli as it can be high in calories and fat.
Cormac Reynolds is a writer and a claims specialist he has written for a number of sites in this area. He has worked for a long time on articles like this one.