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.

Download the infographics here.

Download the media release here.

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