A lot of people consider having cereal for breakfast as healthy; indeed, as grain is the base of most cereals you would be forgiven for immediately assuming it's all healthy. Grains are all naturally low in salt, sugar and fat.
However, lots of cereals of have a crazy amount of sugar added to them usually as actual sugar and sometimes as dried fruits. For this week, we went out and found out how much sugar some of the most popular brands of cereal have:
That's almost one-fifth sugar in a cereal marketed as a dieting aid. What?! See Kellogg's or Nestle's website for more detail.
But I eat a lot less than 100g!
Are you sure? If you look on the box the recommended portion size normally ranges from 30g to 45g. The only way to be 100% sure of how much you are eating is to weigh it out. 30g is a lot less than you think!! Getting into weighing out your cereal is an easy habit to develop. I've been doing it for years now.
My little secret
I always weigh my oats out (I eat them 6 out of 7 days a week); however, if I want to have something like Alpen or Jordan's Crunchy Oat Granola - I recognise this is as a treat, I don't weigh it because I will only feel guilty. That said, I have a little trick that stops me from over-eating: I pour the cereal into a cup NOT a bowl. I am pretty sure I have more than a 100g of Jordan's Crunchy Oat Granola but I can live with that because I seldom have it.
So how should you shop for cereal?
Look for cereals with under 5g of sugar per 100g!
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