Breakfast Cereals the Good, the Bad, the Ugly. - Clarke Fitness

Breakfast Cereals the Good, the Bad, the Ugly.


Cereals are probably the most popular breakfast choice largely because of the ease at which they can be prepared.

I know that the perception of them being a healthy choice may also play a big part in choosing cereal over toast. We might think keeping our kids away from sweets and sugary drinks is our parental duty and educating them on healthy eating, but did you ever think that we supply them with the worst possible start through breakfast.

Many of the worst offenders are own-brand supermarket boxes, but even “healthier” brands such as Alpen and can be surprisingly high in sugar.


Alternative Breakfast: Why not try breakfast Smoothies. These can be a saviour for those running short of time.

Muesli. Packed with fiber and is prefect to combat hunger until Lunch.


Shredded Whole Wheat Cereal with Low fat milk because it doesn’t contain any added sugar or salt.



Here are some of our favourite.


Sainsbury’s Honey Nut Corn Flakes

What is it? As above, own brand competitor to Crunchy Nut

Sugar per bowl (30g serving): 10.9g


Kellogg’s Coco Pops

What is it? Iconic children’s cereal, briefly rebranded Choco Krispies before reverting to original name when sales dropped. Chocolate covered rice cereal, known for turning the milk a brown colour.

Sugar per bowl (30g serving): 10.5g


Sainsbury’s Choco Rice Pops

What is it? Own-brand competitor to Coco Pops

Sugar per bowl (30g serving): 10.5g



Kellogg’s Frosties

What is it? Frosted cereal, made popular by advert with tiger proclaiming: “They’re Grrrreat”.

Sugar per bowl (30g serving): 11g


Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut

What is it? The original honey nut cornflakes, brown sugar, peanuts and honey. Has spawned various imitations and variations.

Sugar per bowl (30g serving): 11g

Increase in sugar since 2012:

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