Breakfast is traditionally the most fibre-dense
meal of the day - a good reason to
ensure you set aside time for it.
Of the dozens of breakfast
cereals we reviewed last year, we found 65 considered
to be high or very high in fibre, while a
further 71 products had moderate fibre
levels - placing them well ahead of the
liquid products in the fibre stakes.
A serving of oats with a handful of
almonds and a sliced apple will give
you about 11g of fibre (both soluble and
insoluble), a third of your daily recommended intake.
This is double – and in some cases,
more than triple – the amount of
fibre available in the liquid breakfasts
Just a snack
Stanton says that manufacturers encouraging the “snackification” of breakfast by marketing these products as if they were complete meals is of tremendous concern. “More and more we’re moving people away from the idea of planning meals, which is not a good thing. These drinks aren’t the equivalent [of a bowl of cereal] – they’re cashing in on a healthy image to make people buy, when really what manufacturers are selling is snack drinks.”
The energy content of the drinks
we reviewed ranges between 700kJ
and 912kJ, despite a regular meal being
about 2000kJ. So with the energy content
more like a snack than a meal, those who
consume liquid breakfasts may be prone
to mid-morning snacking.
Stanton also believes there is no excuse for kids who don’t “like” breakfast. “If kids won’t eat their breakfast, they need to learn better eating habits – it’s just something they should be taught to do,” she says.
McGrice says while the convenience
factor appeals to many people – the
average Australian dedicates just eight
minutes a day to preparing and eating
breakfast – grabbing a tub of yoghurt
and an apple instead of one of these
products is a convenient and less
Still, for those who do decide to
drink their breakfast, the news isn’t
all bad. Of the products we reviewed,
most offer added vitamins and minerals
– particularly vitamins B6 and B12,
vitamin C, vitamin D, folate and niacin.
Calcium levels are also impressive; most
will provide you with 30-40% of your