A NEW ABS DATA ANALYSIS ON THE IMPACT OF BREAKFAST CHOICE

NEW ABS ANALYSIS: IMPACT OF BREAKFAST CHOICE ON CORE FOODS, DISCRETIONARY FOODS, NUTRIENTS AND PREVALENCE OF OBESITY

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 Five Food Groups recommendations and increase intake of under-consumed nutrients, without increasing discretionary energy intake.

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 recommended 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 and had healthier diets at breakfast, as well as throughout the rest of the day.

In contrast, breakfast skippers had the highest intake of discretionary foods, the highest intake of added and free sugars, were least likely to meet the ADG Five Food Group recommendations and, looking at health outcomes, they had the highest mean BMI and waist circumference. 

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