Surprise surprise: breakfast biscuits are rubbish
December 18th, 2013 • by Lucy Sweet
It’s always been hard to imagine how the dry discs that are Belvita breakfast biscuits could constitute a healthy, filling breakfast. And guess what? They’re full of sugar and fat – so much so that you may as well scoff a packet of Hob Nobs in a bowl with some milk.
Which? Magazine says
That’s according to Which! who tested a range of breakfast biscuits, and found that seven out of ten of them had more sugar per 100g than a Digestive biscuit. Most breakfast biscuits, like Oat So Simple bars, Belvita and McVities are full of ‘healthy’ honey (sugar) and yoghurt (fat). But they usually contain around 25% sugar – compared to Corn Flakes (8 sugar) and Digestives with 16.6% sugar.
It’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to eat them anyway, but Which! have decreed that breakfast biscuits are, essentially, just biscuits in disguise.
Richard Headland from Which! said: ‘It’s tempting to grab a breakfast biscuit when you’re on the go, but we’ve found they’re not always the healthiest choice. You’re probably better off with a bowl of porridge or a healthier cereal, like Weetabix.’
An interesting article from Lucy Sweet
I’d like to add this…….
Nutri-Grain Breakfast Biscuits
Calories: 48 per biscuit (192 per packet of 4)
Fat: 2 g
These Nutri Grain breakfast biscuits seem healthier than they actually are. Whilst they’re only 48 calories per biscuit, you get 4 per packet, which soon adds up to nearly 200 calories. Not so great!
But the REAL worry is the sugar content in both sugars and starches!
These biscuits are supposed to be a replacement for the bowl of cereal we don’t have time for! So, we are supposed to eat these on the run!
Belvita 56 calories BUT 44 calories from sugars and starches
Nutritional Information: Per 12.5g biscuit (milk & cereal): 56 calories, 1.1g protein, 8.6g carbohydrate, 2.4g sugar, 1.9g fat, 0.5g saturates, 0.5g fibre, 0.1g salt. Contains no colours or preservatives and are suitable for vegetarians. A 50g serving of Belvita Breakfast biscuits provides 17% of the Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) of vitamin B1, B6, B9.
JUST SAY NO!
Don’t do it!
Find a way to get protein into your breakfast – you’ll feel full and reduce your blood sugar at the same time. Sliced ham, a boiled egg will do the trick if you don’t have time to cook in the mornings.
However, you could always get up 10 minutes earlier to scramble a couple of eggs? Healthy, complete and faster than quick cook porridge ( which is also just sugar).
Try it… You’ll have less cravings, your hunger will be controlled and you’ll have the chance to control your body weight and compensation.
Eat Well. Feel Great!