In its October issue, the magazine 60 million subscribers Checks the nutritional composition of nearly fifty breakfast and snack products. Race results? Mixed, with an effort on additives but on the other hand, still an excess of sugar.
If constant nibbling is prohibited, breakfast and afternoon tea are real moments of joy, where you can recharge your batteries. But menus aren’t always synonymous with a balanced diet, especially if you buy pre-packaged food in supermarkets, as the magazine laments. 60 million subscribers.
In their October edition, currently on newsstands (1), our colleagues analyzed 48 references to breakfast and snack products, such as cereals, mueslis, biscuits and cakes. The result? While some manufacturers are moving away from additives, most stand out with sugar content that is still too high.
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Priority of muislis
For the purpose of this test bench, the media at the National Institute of Consumption were first interested in the glycemic load of 24 breakfast products; Cereals and mueslis. In practice, this indicator measures the carbohydrate content of a food and its ability to raise blood glucose levels (glycemia).
Their findings for cereals are clear: most have a high glycemic load (30 on average), with detrimental consequences on health. In the long term, these spikes in blood sugar “lead to excess weight gain and (increased) risk of type 2 diabetes,” reports 60 million subscribers. Especially Frosties or Trésor de Kellogs are pinned.
On the other hand, good surprises for mueslis that offer a glycemic load of less than 20. If these products are still considered too sweet, such as cereals, they stand out for their high fiber content (6 grams for seven mentions). The latter is “essential for good food transport, prevention of certain cancers, as well as blood sugar and cholesterol control,” Bottom Line 60 million subscribers. Instead, the magazine suggests going for a sugar-free fruit muesli with Garbel or Bjorg oatmeal, but forgoing crunchy recipes like the Chocolate Rice Quinoa Muesli from Ethiqueable.
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Too much sugar and fat at breakfast
For chocolate-covered biscuits or filled cakes, mentions are considered too sweet. “One portion represents, on average, one third of the daily intake of sugar recommended by the WHO”, our colleagues point out. Only Gerblé’s chocolate and walnut sweetness stands out with 6.5g of sugar per serving compared to 23g in Casino’s Strawberry Dudingus.
Some biscuits are also high in salt and fatty acids, particularly milk chocolate nuggets or granola from Lou, the magazine noted.
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Regarding additions, cakes show less restraint than their breakfast counterparts. With many of its sweets, Kinder Délice combines variations of the reference sugar. Emulsifier, baking powder, thickener, gelling agent, acidity modifier… Lulu L’Orson is different with 9 additives, e. Leclerc’s Fondant Heart Strawberry Snack follows very closely.
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(1) The entire survey 60 million consumers can be found at 584,”Hearing Aids: More Demand!On newsstands September 29, 2022.