A Spoonful of Sugar – The “Not So Sweet” Truth About Barbados’ Breakfast Cereals (Inclusion of Barbados in WASH Global Breakfast Cereals Survey 2016).
World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) unmasked the ‘sugary and salty secrets’ behind big-box cereal brands – Kellogg’s and Nestlé/General Mills. The WASH survey highlighted a huge disparity in the nutritional content of breakfast cereals across the represented countries.
Healthy Caribbean Coalition was intrigued to see how the imported branded cereals presently consumed in Barbados compared. Shockingly, the cereal products consumed in Barbados are among the most sugar-packed in global comparison. Over half of the cereals surveyed classed as “high sugar” cereals (over 22.5g of sugar per 100g of cereal); for children under 4 years of age, the recommended “free” sugar allowance of less than 5 percent of daily calorie intake is instantly blown with only one bowl of cereal for breakfast (WHO, 2015).
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References – Guideline: Sugars intake for adults and children. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2015