Breakfast Cereals and Dietary Recommendations

Dietary recommendations from the government and major health organizations suggest that the intake of dietary fat and cholesterol should decrease and the caloric intake from complex carbohydrates should increase (10). One way this can be accomplished is to increase the amount of cereals and grains in the diet. A RTE breakfast cereal is right in line with these dietary recommendations.

A recent General Foods study showed that adults who consumed breakfast, especially one that incorporated RTE cereal, had a better overall diet quality than those who skipped breakfast. In addition, RTE cereal users usually have lower daily intake of fat and cholesterol (11).

Another survey showed that 95% of the survey population consumes some kind of food item in the morning. Eighty-nine percent of these people eat breakfast. RTE cereals were the second most frequently consumed meal, behind a food group that included rolls, muffins, and toast (12). A third survey showed that 88% of the survey population consumed breakfast, and approximately 32% consumed cereal, primarily RTE cereal (13).

Breakfast cereals are, therefore, an excellent vehicle for delivery of calories from complex carbohydrates and, at the same time, reduce fat calories. Figure 1 shows the distribution of calories in a complete cereal breakfast (1 oz cereal, 12 fl oz lowfat milk, two slices toast with spread, and 6 fl oz orange juice) compared with a bacon and egg breakfast (one egg, two slices bacon, one slice toast with spread, 6 fl oz orange juice, and 8 fl oz lowfat milk). The cereal breakfast is lower in fat and higher in carbohydrates than the bacon and egg breakfast.

Protein Carbohydrate Fat

Figure 1. Percent calories in a cereal breakfast versus a bacon and egg breakfast.

Protein Carbohydrate Fat

Figure 1. Percent calories in a cereal breakfast versus a bacon and egg breakfast.

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