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    Wonderful worldwide breakfasts

    Whether you live in Bangkok, Paris or Peru, breakfast is a very important meal. And whilst cereal is loved all over the world, many countries have their own unique breakfast traditions. We’ve picked a few from around the globe. Now all you have to do is book a round-the-world trip to try them all…

    Japan

    Rice is nice … and the Japanese love it with a soybean puree known as natto.

    China

    Gruel, a thin porridge made with cereal and water or milk, is one of the most ancient breakfasts and is still eaten all over the world. The Chinese version is called Congee, a rice gruel topped with pickled tofu, strings of dried meat or egg.

    Turkey

    Yum Yum! The Turks know a thing or two about satisfying the morning tummy rumbles. They love their ‘Kaymak’; honey and clotted cream on toasted bread and fried eggs with a delicious spicy sausage called sucuk.

    Italy

    The Italians do breakfast on the go – hot, fast and sugary - “cappuccino e cornetto” is basically just a cup of coffee and a sweet croissant.

    Argentina

    Not for the faint-hearted, ‘Fracturas’ is a sugar-rush of a breakfast consisting of buttery, flaky pastries topped with sweetened milk, which has been boiled and reduced to a thick, sticky sauce called Dulce de Leche.

    Peru

    Peruvians love raw fish in the mornings - they tuck into ‘Ceviche’ - raw fish cured in citrus juices, with chillies.

    Bolivia

    The Bolivian breakfast might sound more like a dinnertime dish - Salteña is a morning meal of stewed meat and vegetables in a thick pastry case with a hot sauce.

    Costa Rica

    Cock-a-doodle-do! There’s nothing like a bit of ‘spotted rooster’ to wake you up in the morning. Made up of black beans, rice, salsa and avocado, this delicious mixture is eaten with a corn tortilla and fried plantain.

    Footnotes

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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 are committed to continuously improve the nutritional profile of our cereals. . 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 for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too.

      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.