Sitting down to a bowl of cereal in the morning used to be a family ritual, but it’s in decline. We’crisp chat opting for breakfasts from High Street coffee shops. Is your favourite on the list?
Read this: Is your favourite on the list? Sitting down to a bowl of cereal and milk in the morning used to be a family ritual, but it’s in decline. 8 million last year, according to research consultancy Kantar. We’re increasingly opting for breakfasts picked up from High Street coffee shops on the way to work. Id”:”1131694181208903064″,”descr”:”Five foods you might not know were high in salt for World Salt awareness week.
But, as we reveal here, it can be surprisingly difficult to spot saints from sinners when it comes to eating healthily. We asked state-registered dietitian Helen Bond to assess five of the best — and five of the worst. Have a look at the pictures and see if you can work out which five are which. Then read on to see how many you got right . This has as much salt as eight 25g bags of Walkers ready salted crisps, mostly from the halloumi cheese, and some from the muffin.
Avocado provides vitamin E, which helps protect against DNA damage, and monounsaturated fats that maintain a healthy cholesterol level, but there is a whopping 70 per cent of the daily limit of saturated fat — largely from halloumi — which may have the opposite effect. You can replicate the goodness of avocado with sugar-free nutty muesli with milk, without the downsides. This muffin should at least keep you fairly full — the bread is made with part-wholemeal flour, providing more fibre than a white muffin. Claims that coconut fat isn’t bad for the heart and may even help you slim are unproven — this fat could raise cholesterol. It’s also not very high in protein so you’d feel hungry by mid-morning, especially as the pot is quite small. Clearly, a sausage baguette isn’t a health food — and this has 602 calories, equivalent to nearly four bowls of bran flakes with milk. The salt content is high, too, at 3.
This wholesome-sounding breakfast actually has the equivalent of six-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar — more than twice as much as in a bowl of bran flakes with milk. This is close to the recommended daily limit of 30g added sugar a day. A little will be the natural kind in the yoghurt, which doesn’t count towards your limit. But most of the sugar is from the honey, which the body processes the same way as white sugar, contributing to tooth decay and weight gain. It also contains about a third of your daily saturated fat limit and is unlikely to be particularly filling.