With so many tempting cereals to choose from, picking one that's healthy can be quite tricky. Here's how some favourites compare in the sweet stakes.
For a cereal to tick the health boxes, it needs to be made from wholegrains and high in fibre. It should also be low in added sugar and fats, which can add extra kilojoules to your bowl without you even realising it.
With so much focus on sugar at the moment, it’s important to distinguish between added sugar and natural sugar. Added sugars are ingredients like table sugar, honey or syrup. Whereas natural sugar is found in ingredients such as fruit and some grains. If you’re looking at two cereals with the same amount of sugar, the one with fruit (rather than sugar or honey) in the ingredients list is better.
Avoiding all sugar is not necessary, but reducing the amount of added sugar can help to reduce the number of kilojoules we eat and therefore control our weight.
We’ve compared cereals by using a typical serve (either two biscuits, or 45g, which is about one cup). See how many teaspoons of sugar your favourite cereal contains.
Kellogg’s All-Bran original 6.1g sugar per cup = 1.5 teaspoons sugar
Coles bran flakes with sultanas 14.5g sugar per cup = 3.6 teaspoons sugar