How healthy are certain breakfast cereals?

A recent analysis by the Obesity Policy Coalition of twenty popular cereal brands found four in ten with sugar content above 30%

During a conversation between Kieno Kammies and producer Katie Macdonald, the issue of breakfast cereals came up because some products are simply unhealthy to eat on a continual basis, due to their high sugar content. A recent analysis found that some popular children's cereals have a sugar content of over thirty percent.

Cereals are often preferred as they're quick to serve, and also found to be palatable by children, who can be quite fussy when it comes to meal options.

Consulting dietician Judith Johnson says that when comparing cereals according to their ingredients and nutritional value, one should pay attention to the "per 100g" column to ensure a fair comparison.

Johnson told Kieno Kammies that cereals with a sugar content higher than 15g per 100g should be red-flagged and avoided, and one should also pay attention to the fibre content, with a minimum of 10g per 100g being preferred for a healthy option.

Johnson also adds that in South Africa, ingredients are listed in the order in which they make up the highest proportion - so the higher up sugar appears, the greater the chance that it will be high.

Salt is also added to cereals to make them more palatable, and therefore contributes to one's daily total consumption of salts.

Listen here to Kieno Kammies' full interview with Judith Johnson:


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