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nosh magazine BREAKFAST CEREALS AND BODY WEIGHT Leigh Reeve from the Australian Breakfast Cereal Manufacturers Forum (ABCMF) has released the following information about breakfast cereals and body weight. regular breakfast cereal habit could be the key to achieving a healthy body weight, with research supporting its association with: A • lower body mass index (BMI) and reduced risk of overweight and obesity, • improved satiety • more nutritious diets. Lower BMI and reduced risk of overweight and obesity A large number of cross-sectional studies have consistently demonstrated that regular breakfast cereal consumption is associated with lower measures of overweight or obesity, compared to skipping breakfast or eating other breakfast foods. In summary: • Regular breakfast cereal consumption is associated with a lower BMI and a Improved satiety no difference in their risk of overweight and obesity whether they consume pre-sweetened breakfast cereal or other breakfast cereals1 .. • There is no difference in overall daily energy intake or total sugars intake whether children or adolescents consume pre-sweetened breakfast cereals or other breakfast cereals1. • There is no relationship between the total sugars content and energy density of Australian breakfast cereals7. Research shows regular consumption of high-fibre breakfast cereals is associated with improved satiety: Nutrient dense and low in kilojoules reduced risk of being overweight or obese in both adults and children1 . • Eating breakfast cereal as a snack or meal replacement can assist in weight loss in adults1. • Children and adults who eat breakfast cereal regularly have lower BMIs2-4. • Eating breakfast, especially breakfast cereal (compared to other breakfasts), is associated with lower BMI.5 • Eating high-fibre breakfast cereals improves satiety and reduces hunger after a meal1. • Eating breakfast cereal high in insoluble fibre (like those with wheat bran) may result in less kilojoules consumed at breakfast and lunch, possibly due to the high satiety value6. Pre-sweetened versus minimally sweetened breakfast cereals The relationship between pre-sweetened breakfast cereals and body weight has consistently demonstrated that: • Children who eat breakfast cereal have • Regular consumption of breakfast cereals is associated with diets that are higher in vitamins and minerals for adults, adolescents and children1. • The 2011-12 Australian Health Survey confirms that breakfast cereals are nutrient dense foods. Together ready-to-eat and hot porridge styles provide 10.6 per cent of fibre intakes per capita for Australians two years and over, while contributing very little towards kilojoules (energy 4.6 per cent), total sugars (3.4 per cent) and sodium (around 2 per cent) intakes8. Additionally, breakfast cereals contribute significant levels of iron (17.6 per cent), thiamin (18.7 per cent), folate (13 per cent) and riboflavin (12.6 per cent) per capita for Australians aged two years and over8. • An average 40g serve of breakfast cereal contains between 610kJ to 670kJ, a modest amount of kilojoules for such a nutrient dense breakfast choice9. N Click here for the references to this article. LEIGH REEVE, AdvAPD AT CEREAL4BREKKIE Learn more at: website | profile Leigh Reeve is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and Director of the Australian Breakfast Cereal Manufacturers Forum (ABCMF), home to cereal4brekkie.The ABCMF provides evidence-based, practical information so Australians can have a better understanding of the true value of breakfast cereals and breakfast as part of a healthy lifestyle. 12