Sugar and salt content of breakfast cereals

A recent study published in Public Health Nutrition has evaluated the salt and sugar contents of breakfast cereals in the United Kingdom (UK).

Researchers retrieved data from five separate surveys which collected data on the sugar and salt content of breakfast cereals in 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015. Information was collected from the nutrition information on product packaging. Additional information on the sugar content of breakfast cereals in 1992 was used, this data was published in a booklet at the time.

In 2004 the average salt content of breakfast cereal was 0.96g/100g, in 2015 this had reduced to 0.46g/100g. This is a 52% reduction in the average salt content of breakfast cereals since 2004.

The sugar content of breakfast cereals has changed little over the last number of years, 25.65g/100g in 1992 and 24.5g/100g in 2015. On average, a 30g serving of breakfast cereal contained almost a quarter of an adults and a third of a 4-6 year olds daily recommended free sugar intake.

Overall the salt content of breakfast cereals has greatly reduced over the last 10 years, however, the sugar content of breakfast cereals shows minimal improvement.

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Posted: 09/02/2017 15:27:17 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Breakfast, Cereal, Salt, Sugar


 

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