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Important Role of Breakfast Cereals Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and breakfast cereals offer the most nutrient dense and lowest fat choice at breakfast time. Eating breakfast has been shown to be beneficial for both body and mind in several ways.Those who eat a cereal-based breakfast (including pre-sweetened cereals), have a lower BMI than those who skip breakfast or choose an alternative breakfast option1.Breakfast cereals are the most nutrient-dense, tasty, convenient and typically lowest calorie breakfast options.It has been proven in many studies that those who eat breakfast have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who skip breakfast.
Below are some interesting facts relating to breakfast cereals.
In a time when obesity levels are increasing dramatically breakfast cereals can help play a part in finding a solution to the obesity crisis.
- Eating breakfast contributes to cognitive performance and improves concentration
- Breakfast cereals supply one quarter of essential micronutrients to children’s diets.
- Breakfast cereals are an essential source of iron for teenagers - In Ireland 74% of Irish teenage girls are deficient in iron.
- Breakfast cereal provide an important source of folic acid to the Irish population as well as increasing levels of Vitamin D, B-Vitamins and minerals including zinc and iron.
- Breakfast cereals are also an important source of calcium both through the product itself and the addition of milk tot he cereal.
- Recent studies by the Irish Universities nutrition Alliance has also shown that breakfast cereals provide Irish teens with 11% of their daily fibre requirements.
1dela Hunty, A. Ashwell, M (2006) Are people who eat breakfast cereals regularly slimmer than those who don’t?. Nutrition Bulletin, Vol 32, No 2. June 2007
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