Are you used to giving your children cereal for a healthy breakfast? Or eat it yourself? However, certain references are far from perfect and deliver a problematic sugar intake. Raphaël Gruman, nutritionist, lists the 3 cereals that we should avoid.
A bowl, milk, crunchy cereals… This is the image of a good breakfast for a child, as we see in advertisements. However, if cereals must indeed make up a part of our diet every day, these boxes of cereals in supermarkets, with effective packaging to boot, are sometimes far from being good for our health. Raphaël Gruman, dietitian nutritionist and member of our committee of experts, targets three in an explanatory video.
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Cereals that are too sweet: 3 references to avoid
These three cereals are well known since they are often found in the cupboards of many families.
- Kellog’s Treasure, squares of cereal filled with chocolate hazelnut paste. For the nutritionist, these are the worst found on the market: “Les Trésors is the maximum that we can do in terms of caloric intake. These would therefore be loaded with sugar and fat for a maximum caloric intake of what a bowl can provide”;
- Honey Pops, from Kellog’s, cereal balls with honey. More difficult to hear, the Honey Pops that we all consumed in our youth, are also on the nutritionist’s podium. “They contain almost as much sugar as Trésors, around 400 calories per 100 g. On the other hand, the nutri-score grades them as B, “but only because the recipe has a little more fiber than the others. “It doesn’t take away the sugar or the calories”;
- Frosties, de Kellogs, popped and sweet corn. The third reference to avoid for Raphaël Gruman are the famous Frosties which we also know well. “Ok, we say to ourselves that it’s just popcorn, with a little sugar, that the product seems simpler… And yet, these cereals are at least as caloric as the previous two, if not more”.
Enough to draw a line under the cereals of our childhood… which were not that good.
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How to choose commercially available cereals?
You don’t want to do without your crunchy bowl in the morning? Solutions exist that are based on a healthier choice.
“To buy good cereals, you must first look at the sugar content and ensure that they are as little sweet as possible. We therefore avoid those with chocolate and dried fruits, as well as those which contain added sugar or honey. specifies our expert.
Next, you need to check the fiber content.
“More and more manufacturers are making the effort to include more fiber in their cereals (Nestlé in particular). Ideally, we move towards whole grains like muesli or oatmeal.
As a reminder, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the maximum sugar consumption at 50g per day for an adult and between 20 and 25g for a child. But with sugar hiding everywhere (and especially in cereals), it’s common to be way over the top.