A BOWL of cereal could contain up to a third of your kids’ daily sugar allowance, health campaigners today warned.
While salt levels have been slashed by 50 per cent in the last decade, sugar content remains high with some containing 35 per cent.
The Action on Sugar report found Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut and Asda’s Honey Nut Corn Flakes were among those with the most sugar per serving
Meanwhile, Lidl and Aldi’s versions were found to have lower levels of sugar
Experts recommend kids eat no more than five teaspoons of the sweet stuff each day.
But, a study of 63 popular cereals, reveals the sweetest contain three teaspoons in a typical 30g serving.
Action on Sugar praised measures to cut salt content since 2004, but said urgent action must be taken to target sugar levels.
Kawther Hashem, a registered nutritionist at Queen Mary University, London and the campaign group, said: “There has been no national sugar reduction programme, as there has been for salt, which is imperative if we want to see real and measurable improvements.
“The variation in sugar content between similar products clearly demonstrates there is no technical reason whatsoever why cereals contain such high levels of sugar.”
Of the 63 cereals, Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut was found to be among those with the highest level of sugar.
The popular treat contains 35g of sugar per 100g, or 11g in a 30g serving – the equivalent of three teaspoons of sugar.
Also singled out for high sugar content were Asda’s Honey Nut Corn Flakes with 9.5g in a typical serving (two teaspoons), and Morrisons Honey & Nut Corn Flakes with 9.1g or two teaspoons.
The survey found Kellogg’s Special K – both the Red Berries and Peach & Apricot options – were among those with the highest salt content.
Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries and the Peach & Apricot flavour were both found to have high levels of salt
Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s Multigrain Flakes & Fruit and Asda’s Good & Counted Red Fruits Cereal Flakes were found to have lower salt content
The cereals contained 0.95g of salt per 100g, or 0.29g per 30g.
The Department of health’s average salt target for breakfast cereals is less than 0.59g per 100g.
The report reveals 53 per cent of the 63 cereals surveyed in 2015 met this target.
However, the campaigners warn cereal is still a major source of salt in the diet.
And they urged the Government to revive the national salt reduction programme to ensure that reductions are still made, to help reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.
To be fair you cant beat natural yoghurt and fruit, if you like it sweeter use abit of honey.Go Back