Graphic – SA’s most sugary cereal?

2015-04-15 16:40

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Cereal is a popular breakfast option for many South Africans. It’s quick, it’s easy, and we’re told that it’s healthy too. But is it?

Cereals might be a source of fibre and have some added vitamins, but most brands are loaded with sugar.

Brands like Coco Pops and Strawberry Pops, specifically marketed to children, have as much as six to seven teaspoons of sugar per 100g. That’s almost the same as eating a medium-sized Bar One chocolate for breakfast.

Cereals like Jungle Oats or Weet-Bix are a better option, but that is if you eat it without sprinkling sugar over. A surprise sugar culprit is muesli, with about five spoons of sugar per 100g.

Breakfast – with all the flavoured yoghurt, muffins, and fruit juice that goes with it – can be one of the most sugary meals of the day. It is worthwhile looking at some low sugar alternative breakfast options.

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