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What cereals do you consume, healthy ones or others? Find out

What cereals do you consume, healthy ones or others? Find out

A study conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (INSP) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that of 371 box cereals analyzed, 69% are categorized as "less healthy".

In Mexico, 58% of the calories we consume come from packaged foods and drinks, one of them is box cereals that are eaten mainly for breakfast. Among the Mexican child population, it is estimated that 7% of children consume it daily and according to the National Health and Nutrition Survey, almost half of children under 2 years of age consumed it the day before the application of this survey.

A study conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (INSP) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that of 371 box cereals analyzed, 69% are categorized as "less healthy".

Compared to healthier cereals, these products are higher in calories, added sugars, and sodium. They contain almost twice the sugar (30.6 grams per 100 grams on average versus 16.6 grams) and three times the sodium (473 milligrams in 100 grams on average versus 148 milligrams).

These products are heavily advertised In different media, including television, street advertisements and points of sale, they generally use elements that are attractive to children such as brand characters, bright colors, games and gifts.

The packaging also includes misleading nutritional legends or claimsmaking parents believe that it is a healthy product because it contains added vitamins and minerals, but they do not warn about the high sugar and sodium content

  • Of 371 box cereals, 69% are unhealthy, high in sugar and sodium, and carry misleading nutritional legends that mislead the consumer.
  • These products are very high in sugar and sodium, so the industry must reduce their content as a public health measure.
  • Labeling is required that allows consumers to identify the less healthy box cereals.

In a country like Mexico where the population consumes more sugar and more sodium than is recommended, it is necessary to take into account the scientific evidence and international recommendations:

  • Implement a frontal nutritional labeling that allows the entire population to identify food products high in added sugars (free), saturated fats, sodium and calories, for being those associated with harmful health.
  • Improve advertising regulation, restricting the use of characters in products high in added sugars (free), saturated fat, sodium and calories.
  • Monitor the use of nutritional statements or captions, particularly in food products high in added (free) sugars, saturated fat, sodium, and calories.

Guide to healthy cereals

The Greek goddess Demeter taught men to cultivate the land, gather wheat and make bread. The Romans called it Ceres and the word cereal derives from it. Thanks to these seeds, human beings have been living in the temperate zones of the planet for millennia.

Carbohydrates

Between half and two thirds of the weight of dry cereals correspond to starch, a precursor of glucose, an energy source for the body and brain. It is required that at least half of the calories come from this type of slow assimilation carbohydrates. They are ideal for enhancing physical and mental activity.


Protein

They account for around 10% of the dry weight of cereals, which is a remarkable figure. Its deficit in the amino acid lysine is compensated by taking them together with foods rich in it, such as legumes, dairy products or brewer's yeast.

Fiber

Found in whole grains. Its function is to stimulate the digestive tract, delay the absorption of fats and glucose and promote a healthy intestinal flora. It is especially beneficial for people with diabetes, obesity, and constipation.

Fats

They are found mostly in the tiny germ of whole grains. Their percentage is limited, but they are of very high quality, mostly essential fatty acids that neutralize the negative effect of saturated fats on the cholesterol level.

Vitamins

Whole grains are rich in B vitamins, necessary for example for the correct absorption of the carbohydrates they provide, they stimulate metabolism and regenerate skin cell tissues and the nervous system, thus preventing anxiety, depression and stress. . In the germ is vitamin E, a great antioxidant.

Minerals and trace elements

Cereals stand out above all for their contribution of phosphorus and magnesium. Among the trace elements iron, manganese, zinc and selenium stand out. The integral ones have figures much higher than the refined ones.

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