FAQ

Sugar

Do Nestlé breakfast cereals contain a lot of sugar?

Our cereals do contain sugar - but it isn’t the main ingredient. Cereal is made mostly from grain, which makes it a source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. One serving of Nestlé Breakfast Cereals targeted to kids and teens contains on average just 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Fortification

Do Nestlé breakfast cereals contain added vitamins and minerals?

Yes, we ‘fortify’ our cereals by adding vitamins and minerals to most of them, although the amount varies across regions and depends whether fortification is allowed. Whenever a vitamin or mineral is added to one of our cereals, we make sure it provides at least 15% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) for that nutrient.

Palm Oil

Do Nestlé breakfast cereals contain palm oil?

Yes. Some Nestlé Breakfast Cereals only contain a small amount of palm oil, but contribute significantly to the daily intake of saturated fatty acids. All of our breakfast cereals contain less than 5% of saturated fats.

Fibre

Do Nestlé products contain soluble or insoluble fibre?

It depends on the grain we’ve used. Different grains contain different proportions of soluble and insoluble fibre. For example, wheat is high in insoluble fibre, and barley and oats are high in soluble fibre (which is why porridge goes sticky when you cook it).

Gluten-free products

Does this product contain whole grain?

Not all of our Gluten Free Corn Flakes contain whole grain – it they do, the pack will have the Nestlé Green Banner.

Sugar

How do I know how much sugar is in my Nestlé breakfast cereal?

We’re committed to giving our consumers clear and accurate nutritional information in a format that best helps them make informed decisions about their diet. We use Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) on our products. These make the nutrition information easy to understand and help people make informed choices. The information is factual, objective and clear. We believe it’s the most neutral and informative system currently available. In addition to local food labelling requirements, almost all Nestlé Breakfast Cereals carry the ‘Nestlé Nutritional Compass’, which is a clear, transparent labelling guide, giving consumers easy-to-understand and detailed nutritional information on protein, carbohydrate, fat and sugar content and how much is in a single portion.

Whole Grain

How much whole grain do I need to eat every day?

Keep it simple: make grains the base of your diet and choose whole grains over refined grains wherever possible. U.S Dietary Guidelines recommend eating 3 servings (48g) a day. So, whenever you look for breakfast cereals, bread, pasta, rice or flour to cook at home, look for the word “whole”, ideally among the first ingredients in the list.

Whole Grain

How much whole grain is in each cereal?

The amount of whole grain we add to our breakfast cereals depends on the type of cereal. It’s easier, technically, to add it to some of them than it is to others. And if a breakfast cereal has other ingredients like fruit, nuts or chocolate, the cereal content is lower, so there’s less scope for adding whole grain. To learn about the whole grain content of your breakfast cereal, check the label or visit “Our Cereals”

Fortification

Is the calcium in Nestlé breakfast cereals used by our bodies?

Yes, research shows calcium in cereals can be absorbed and used by the body. In fact, it’s absorbed at nearly the same rate as the calcium in dairy products like milk.

Whole Grain

What are whole grains?

“Whole Grain” means that all parts of the grain are present: the bran, the germ and the endosperm. These three components of a grain contain different nutrients, which play an important part in helping the plant grow and stay healthy.

Whole Grain

What is the Bran?

The bran’s the outer layer of the grain. It protects the seed and is rich in fibre. It’s used in whole grain flour, not white flour.

Whole Grain

What is the Endosperm?

The endosperm is the biggest part of the grain. It mainly contains carbohydrates. It’s the reserve the young plant lives on until its grown roots. The endosperm is milled to make white flour.

Whole Grain

What is the Germ?

The germ is the embryo the new plant grows from. It’s used in whole grain flour, not white flour.

Complete Breakfast

What should be in a complete breakfast?

A complete breakfast should include a balance of nutrients from each of the major food groups. As a guide, it might look like this: • 1 grain-based starchy food • 1 dairy food • 1 portion of fresh fruit • 1 glass of water • Optionally, an additional source of protein Nestlé breakfast cereals are a nutritious breakfast choice as they are: • A source of fibre and whole grain • Low in fat (most have low levels of all types of fat, including saturates) • Fortified with vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, calcium and iron • A lower calorie per kilojoule, fat and sugar choice than many other breakfast food options

Fortification

What vitamins and minerals does Nestlé fortify its breakfast cereals with?

Nestlé breakfast cereals are usually fortified with a minimum of 5 vitamins (B2, B6, niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), folic acid (B9), and, in some recipes, vitamin D), and 2 minerals (calcium and iron.

Whole Grain

What’s the difference between a whole grain and a refined grain?

A ‘whole’ grain has more nutrients than a ‘refined’ grain, because all parts of the grain are retained – kernel, bran, endosperm and germ – along with their fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. But most of the bran and germ are removed when producing refined grains. Whole grains therefore contain more nutrients than refined grains.

Whole Grain

Which Nestlé cereals are made with whole grain?

All Nestlé breakfast cereals carrying the green banner are made with whole grain; this is our Whole Grain Guarantee. They are made with at least 8g or more of whole grain per 30g serving. There are ingredient lists on all packs, showing the exact amount. By end of 2015, we’re committed to making whole grain the main ingredient in all Nestlé cereals popular with children.

Fortification

Why are Nestlé breakfast cereals fortified with vitamins and minerals?

To get your day off to a great start, your breakfast should include a good serving of vitamins and minerals, because they’re essential for a healthy diet. That’s why we fortify our breakfast cereals. We add Vitamin D to many of our children’s cereals, because in most countries kids aren’t getting enough of it. And FITNESS® is fortified with vitamins and minerals of interest to women, like calcium, iron and folic acid.

Fortification

Why does Nestlé fortify its breakfast cereals with iron?

It’s widely accepted that iron is an important part of a healthy diet and many people around the world don’t get enough. Our cereals generally contain 15% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of iron. Check the label to see the iron levels in your cereal.