Nestlé cereals: they just get better for you
At Nestlé we know your family’s nutrition is important to you and that’s why our experts have spent 12 years so far reviewing recipes and finding new ways to improve them. That way, we can make sure our breakfast cereals keep meeting your needs and are still just as tasty.
Here’s what we’ve come up with:
We reduced sugar.
Since the end of 2015, there is no more than 9 g (around two teaspoons) of sugar per 30 g serving in all cereals popular with children and teens. And we’ve invented savvy new ways of removing sugar from our cereals. Globally, we’ve removed 100 000 tonnes of sugar since 2008. And by the way – we don’t use any artificial sweeteners.
We shook out salt.
We went whole grain crazy!
Did you know we were the first big cereal company to add whole grain to our breakfast cereals? Accumulated since 2003, we added over 25 billion servings of Whole Grain. In fact, there is more whole grain than any other ingredient in our cereals popular with children.
We chalked up the calcium.
From most of Nestlé Breakfast Cereals, you’ll get at least 15% of your recommended daily amount (also known as Nutrient Reference Values, or NRV) of calcium per serving – and that’s even before adding the milk! (By the way, we also add 5 vitamins, iron and calcium to most of our cereals, so your family can get these important nutrients first thing.)
We added a dash of vitamin D.
The little ones need vitamin D to help their bones develop normally. A lot comes from the sun, but in some parts of the world children can struggle to get enough (grey days certainly don’t help!), so we’ve provided a little boost in some of our cereals.
Here’s an example of a breakfast cereal that’s now even better than before - our NESQUIK® recipe has 30% less sugar and 45% more whole grain than in 2003 – and now has an added dash of vitamin D too!
Working to make breakfast better
And it’s because of you. You said more whole grain, less sugar, and use natural ingredients. So we've listened and worked hard to improve, including making whole grain our main ingredient across the Nestlé Breakfast Cereals Portfolio. Your voice is leading the way to make breakfast better every day.
Chewing It Over
People have been eating whole grains for more than 17,000 years – they picked seeds, rubbed off the husks and chewed the kernels raw or boiled them in water.
Egyptians used to bury mummies with necklaces made from barley, and in 1324 King Edward II of England set the standard for the measurement - making the ‘inch’ equal to ‘three grains of barley, dry and round, placed end-to-end lengthwise’.
Seeing is believing
One way we help you make nutritious choices for your family is by labeling our cereal packs simply and clearly. We want you to understand exactly what your family’s eating when they tuck into a bowl of their favorite Nestlé cereal. So by reading the pack, you can easily see the amount of energy, sugar, salt, fat, fiber and protein you’re getting. To make it even simpler, we give you the amounts per portion with milk, and the amounts per 100 grams. And there’s a table showing all the vitamins and minerals too.
We’re going even further!
To make sure you know exactly what’s what, we give you loads more helpful information – right where you can see it – on the front of the pack! So, when you pick up your HONEY CHEERIOS® or CHOCAPIC®, you’ll see exactly what nutrients are in your cereal, the recommended amount for each day, and how many you’re getting in each serving.
Find out more about adult-and-child-portions.
And don’t forget the Nestlé Cereals Green Banner. Wherever you see it, you can be sure the cereal contains whole grain - giving you at least 8g per serving. And not only is that whole grain nourishing, it’s really tasty too!
- Reference recipes are from 2003 or since the product was launched (if it was launched after 2003)
- Cumulative numbers are based on annual changes weighted by annual volumes for the years 2008 – 2015
- For these calculations one serving of Whole Grain is 16 grams
We've tried to answer as many of your questions as possible. You can search them all here:
How can I find foods made with whole grain?
Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too. It’s easy to know if a Nestlé breakfast cereal is made with whole grain: just look out for the Green Banner and whole grain tick on top of the box.
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 fiber 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
Do breakfast cereals contain too much saturated fat?
No. Breakfast cereals aren’t a major source of saturated fats, and contain no added trans fats. Some grains, such as oats, can be higher in fats – but these are naturally present in the grain, and tend to be ‘good’ fats, not saturated fats.
Can processed foods be made with whole grain?
Yes. If a food product has the word “whole” listed on its ingredient label – wholewheat pasta or wholemeal bread, for example, then you know it’s been made with whole grain flour, even if the other ingredients are processed. By the way, even whole grains need to be processed: removing the inedible outer husk makes them safe to eat. But they’re less processed than refined grains, which require additional steps to remove the bran and germ.
Do breakfast cereals really make a significant contribution to vitamin and mineral intakes?
Research shows that adults and children who regularly eat fortified breakfast cereals are more likely to reach their daily requirements of vitamins and minerals, including the B Vitamins and Iron. Eating whole grain breakfast cereal with milk is a nutritious way to start the day and can be part of a healthy, balanced diet.
We'd love to hear your comments about Nestlé cereals, so please let us know what you think, we always appreciate hearing from you.