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Breakfast cereal checker

If your children eat cereal for breakfast, try to give them one that is low in sugar. Use our cereal comparison below to check the sugar content of popular cereals.

Breakfast doesn't have to mean cereal though - there are plenty of other options, such as yoghurt with some chopped fruit, or some toast with a chopped banana. Here are some more breakfast ideas.

What’s in my cereal?

We compared the most popular cereals in Ireland and Northern Ireland to see which is healthier by looking at the overall nutrition content.

We found that:

  1. There is no real nutritional difference between brand and shop-brand cereal products.
  2. You should always check that your cereal is:
  • A source of or high in fibre
  • Fortified with iron
  • Low in sugar
  • Low in salt

You cereal comes

Compare your cereal

Order Brand Serving Sugar (g) Salt (g) Fibre (g)
1 Oats 40 0.4 0.01 3.7
2 Wheat biscuit cereal 2 biscuits 1.8 0.1 3.9
3 Malted shredded wheat cereal 30 3.3 0.13 3.4
4 Crisped rice cereal 30 1.6 0.19 0.64
5 Multigrain hoop cereal 30 5 0.16 2.8
6 Granola 30 5.2 0.01 2.3
7 Corn flaked cereal 30 1.9 0.22 0.8
8 Rice and wholewheat flakes 30 4.4 0.16 0.9
9 Chocolate crisped rice cereal 30 5.2 0.16 3.7
10 Cereal pillows with milk chocolate filling 30 6.7 0.17 1.4
11 Honey nut corn flake cereal 30 8.7 0.18 0.7

Always check the label for sugar content.

Low in sugar is 5g or less per 100g.

If the label is colour coded:

  • means low in that nutrient, and is the healthier choice.

  • means medium

  • means high


Add natural sweetness to your cereal with fruit.

Swap sugary cereals for whole-grain cereals. Whole-grain cereal have more fibre which will keep you fuller for longer and help children’s digestive system.

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