ABS & Category Data

January 2019: New analysis of ABS data

A new analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data has found eating breakfast cereal may help to improve the likelihood of adults meeting the Australian Dietary Guidelines and increase intake of under-consumed nutrients, without increasing discretionary energy.

The study was the first to examine whether the health benefits of breakfast are explained solely by breakfast choice or the influence of food choices made throughout the rest of the day.

It found breakfast cereal eaters were more likely to meet recommendations for ADG Five Food Groups (core foods) and nutrient intakes, compared to breakfast skippers or adults who ate other breakfasts.

The secondary analysis of ABS data from the Australian Health Survey (AHS) also revealed breakfast cereal eaters had the lowest intakes of both added and free sugars, refined grains, and discretionary foods.  Breakfast cereal eaters were also most likely to be a healthy weight.

Access the full scientific report here

Download a two-page summary here

Bowled Over at Breakfast

Recent research on different types of breakfast cereals and their impact on the health of Australians has found positive benefits for body weight and nutrition, regardless of the type of cereal and its sugar content.

The analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data from the Australian Health Survey (AHS) revealed, that when compared to people who ate other breakfasts or skipped breakfast:

  • Australian adults and children who ate breakfast cereal were more likely to meet nutrient targets and had significantly higher intakes of fibre, iron, calcium, folate and magnesium, as well as lower intakes of sodium;
  • adult cereal eaters had slimmer waists and were more likely to be a healthy weight; 
  • adult cereal eaters also had the lowest daily intakes of both added sugars and free sugars; and
  • there was no significant difference in added sugars intakes or energy intakes between children that ate breakfast cereal (regardless of its level of sweetening) and children that ate other breakfast foods.

Download the summary report here.

Access webinar on the summary report here.

Access the scientific report on children’s data here.

Access the scientific report on adult’s data here.

Download the infographics here.

Download the media release here.

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