Salt and sugars content of breakfast cereals in the UK from 1992 to 2015.
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OBJECTIVE: To study the salt and sugars content of breakfast cereals sold in the UK between 1992 and 2015. DESIGN: Cross-sectional surveys on salt and sugars content collected from the nutrition information panel of breakfast cereals in 1992, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015. SETTING: All major UK retailers operating at that moment in time (approximately ten). SUBJECTS: The salt and sugars content was collected from product packaging and the nutrition information panels. RESULTS: Cereals consistently surveyed across all five years (n22) showed a significant reduction in salt content of 47 % (P<0·001). Sugars content of breakfast cereals (n 15), however, did not show a significant change; 25·65 g/100 g in 1992 and 22·45 g/100 g in 2015 (P=0·170). There was a large variation in salt and sugars content between different categories and within the same type of category. CONCLUSIONS: The study shows the progressive reduction in salt content of breakfast cereals in the UK since 2004 as a result of the successful salt reduction programme, particularly the setting of incremental salt targets. Further reductions in salt content need to be made as cereals remain a major contributor to salt intake. Sugars content, however, has been consistently high due to the lack of a sugar reduction strategy. The research demonstrates that the sugars content of breakfast cereals in the UK is of concern, particularly in children's breakfast cereals, with a typical serving (30 g) containing a third of a 4-6-year-old's maximum daily recommendation (19 g/d) for free sugars intake in the UK. More can and should be done to reformulate, with an urgent need to set incremental sugar reduction targets.
AuthorsPombo-Rodrigues, S; Hashem, KM; He, FJ; MacGregor, GA
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