Q: “I’m really confused about which breakfast cereals are the healthiest to eat, please help!”
A: Accredited Practising Dietitian Zoe Wilson responds:
“I completely understand. There are so many different cereals available it can be hard to know which to choose! There are a couple of key things to look for though, and this should make it easier for you to make the decision.
The more ‘grainy’ the cereal is, the better. So, look for cereals that are at least 50 per cent wholegrain - or even more than that if you can. Also, choose a cereal that’s high in fibre (at least 10g fibre per 100g, or 3g per serve). After you’ve got those things ticked off the list, check out the sugars and sodium. You want a cereal with less than 15g sugar per 100g or less than 25g sugar per 100g if it has dried fruit in it (e.g. Sultana Bran or Just Right).
You also want the lowest sodium content you can find. Less than 120mg sodium per 100g is excellent, but less than 400mg per 100g is still a good choice.
For me, the most simple cereals are best, such as wheat biscuits (like Weet-Bix or VitaBrits), bran-based cereals (like All-Bran or Sultana Bran) and, the winner in my books, is natural muesli or plain rolled oats for a warming porridge.”