Lets talk about Sugar
Many people mistakenly believe breakfast cereals are a big source of sugar.
Did you know…
- Less than 6% of all the sugar kids eat comes from breakfast cereals. (See contribution of breakfast cereals to total nutrient intake in Australian children graph)
- When you read the nutrition information panel it’s impossible to tell what amount of ‘sugars’ is from naturally occurring nutritious foods or added sugar.
- The ‘sugars’ in the nutrition information panel may be coming from milk, honey or fruit, not necessarily added sugar.
- Low sugar cereals are not always a healthy choice.
Some are also low in other nutrients too meaning you’re just getting ‘empty’ kilojoules. So keep an eye on the fibre and whole grain in your cereal – not just the sugar.
(See how to read nutrition labels)
A little sweetness can help make high fibre and high whole grain breakfast cereals more enjoyable, meaning you’re more likely to enjoy them regularly, adding to your nutrient intake.
- Surveys show most people enjoy their nutritious breakfast cereal with add-ins or toppings to sweeten the deal.
- Up to 60% of people add sugar or honey to oats.
- 20% add extra sugar or honey to breakfast cereal.
- Buying a nutritious, whole grain cereal that has been lightly sweetened may = same sugar content as a plainer cereal with add-ins at home.
- Research shows kids who eat a pre-sweetened cereal still get essential nutrients + nutritious carbs + fibre and do not clock up more total sugar, saturated fat, sodium or kilojoules in their overall eating plan.