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Cereal serving sizes - How much should I put in the bowl?

Large, medium, small… How many times have you been a bit confused about what the ’right’ amount of cereal is? A ‘bowlful of cereal’ really could be any size. 30 grams of cereal looks teeny tiny in a large bowl, but looks just right in a smaller one. What’s more, children and adults don’t have the same needs. So what to do?

That’ll do nicely…!

Mornings are far too busy to start weighing out cereal! Fear not – use tablespoons or a cup, two simple ways to get the recommended amounts into everyone’s breakfast bowl. Easy!

A nice cup of cereal!

Use a spare cup to scoop out the amount you need. Firstly, work out how many tablespoons of cereal it takes to fill the cup, by filling it spoon by spoon. Now you know that if you want a 5-tablespoon serving and you’ve got a 10-tablespoon cup, you need half a cupful. Simple – and no scales needed!

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How many tablespoons should you serve?

Flakes, hoops and clusters…

lightweight cereals that go crisp and crunch

  • How much should I give the children?

7 to 10 tablespoons, depending on age.

  • How much for grown-ups?

9 to 14 tablespoons. 

Puffed and shredded cereals…

some with yummy fillings

  • How much should I give the children?

6 to 9 tablespoons, depending on age.

  • How much for grown-ups?

8 to 12 tablespoons. 

Mueslis and granolas…

they need a bit more muscle to munch

  • How much should I give the children?

4 to 6 tablespoons, depending on age.

  • How much for grown-ups?

5 to 8 tablespoons.

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Did you

know?

Illustration of a globe

Wheat almighty!

Wheat is the most widely grown cereal grain. It’s grown on over 17 per cent of the total cultivated land in the world, and is the staple food for 35 per cent of the world’s population. It provides more calories and protein in the world’s diet than any other crop.

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A whole lot of grains

One bushel of wheat contains around a million individual whole grain kernels.

Helping children help themselves to the right amount

It can be hard for little ones to measure out cereal – the packet’s big and their arms are small, so it’s easy to get carried away! But there are things you can do to make it easier:

Milk first!

Help your children develop a new habit which is to pour the milk in first. That way it’s not so easy to over-fill the bowl. Stay around and keep an eye on them to make sure it doesn’t get messy.

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Turn counting the tablespoons into a game!

Get tricky!

Size can be a trick of the eye – the same amount of cereal will look tiny in a large bowl, but quite substantial in a small one. Give your child a bowl that will appear full when the right serving is poured in.

So, now you can give your family just the right amount of cereal every morning. Simple!

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    Do Nestlé products in emerging countries have more salt than products in developed/developing countries?

    For the last 15 years we’ve been working to reduce the sodium (which is the major component of salt) in our breakfast cereals across the world because we want to keep making them more nutritious. Achieving consistency in all products, in all countries, takes time - so some may have more sodium than others. Our aim is for all our cereals – globally – to have the same reduced levels of sodium, with a target of less than 135mg per serving in all our children's products.

    What are the health and nutritional benefits of Nestlé Gluten Free Corn Flakes?

    As well as being a healthy choice for people who want to reduce the amount of gluten in their diet, or have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, Gluten Free Corn Flakes are fortified with B-vitamins, folic acid and iron

    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. 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 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 check mark on top of the box.

    I’ve heard a low GI diet can help me lose weight. Is this true?
    It’s too early to say. The science in this area is still emerging. There is evidence that low GI foods take longer to digest and help you feel satisfied for longer, but none that you’ll eat fewer calories at the next meal.
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