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Breakfast Cereals Contain More Sugar than Doughnuts

Rice Krispies

Rice Krispies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A survey carried out by has found some cereals have a higher sugar content than many desserts, doughnuts and ice cream.

The main culprits were Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and Coco Pops along with Weetabix Minis Chocolate Crisp. Shreddies and Special K had more than some cakes.

This highlights the important of reading food labels before buying products that are claiming to the be healthy. Sugar is one of the major causes behind the current obesity crisis.

Sugar is a ‘fast releasing’ carbohydrate that encourages weight gain. It releases insulin into the body quickly and if this is not used up it will be stored as fat. also warned salt levels in these foods were higher than expected.

Sugar content of some popular food items

  • Kellogg’s Coco Pops – 14.8g (per 40g serving)
  • Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cornflakes – 13.6g
  • Kellogg’s Coco Rocks – 12.8g
  • Weetabix Minis Chocolate Crisp – 11.3g
  • Vienetta ice cream cake 11g per slice
  • Scoop of vanilla ice cream – 10g
  • Nestle Cheerios – 8.6g
  • Jam doughnut – 8.6g
  • Kellogg’s Special K – 6.8g
  • Nestle Shreddies – 6.2g
  • Nestle Shreddies – 6.2g
  • McVities chocolate cake – 5.4g per slice
  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies – 4g
  • Kellogg’s Cornflakes – 3.2g

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Why do Rice Crispies go Snap, Crackle and Pop?

I KNOW you’re all dying to know but were always too afraid to ask, so I’m going to tell you!

Rice Crispies contain lots of sugar and are cooked at  high temperatures. The sugar forms crystals and also creates air-filled pockets.

So, when Rice Crispies absorb milk, forces push the air which  then breaks the cavity walls and make the snap, crackle and pop noise. As far as I know, this is the only  food that does this.

And just in case you were wondering… no they are not a particularly healthy breakfast. Far too high in sugar and refined carbohydrates. You’d be much better off with a wholegrain cereal which will give you longer lasting energy along with some fresh fruit.

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