The Australia the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC) runs a regular systematic audit of products on the shelf. Here, GLNC examined the nutritional profile of 468 breakfast cereals.
Breakfast cereal is a popular way for Australians to start the day. [1,2] It’s no wonder people choose breakfast cereals as they are an affordable, quick and nutritious part of a balanced diet.[3-5]
Eating breakfast cereal is linked to better wellbeing. Research shows people who regularly eat breakfast cereal are more likely to have a healthier diet, to weigh less, and are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. 
Breakfast cereals are also an important part of a nutrient rich diet. They provide 18% iron, 19% thiamin, 13% folate, 13% riboflavin and 11% of the dietary fibre intakes across the Australian population. In addition, they contribute very little towards kilojoules (energy 5%), total sugars (3%), sodium (2%) and fat (2%) intakes. 
To understand the nutrient profile of grain and legume foods available in Australia the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC) runs a regular systematic audit of products on shelf. The data demonstrates there is a large variety of nutritious breakfast cereals available to choose from.
In August 2016 , GLNC examined the nutritional profile of 468 breakfast cereals found in four different retail supermarkets in the North Sydney area.  The review used on pack information including nutrition information, claims and ingredients to determine the amount of fibre, protein, saturated fat, sodium, sugars and whole grains per serve a nd per 100g.
The comprehensive analysis included:
The results were classified according to Food Standards Australia New Zealand Standard 1.2.7 Nutrition, Health and Related Claims criteria  (unless otherwise stated).
Most mueslis (92%) and hot cereals (91%), as well as almost three quarters (73%) of ready-to-eat cereals RTEC were classified as a source, good source or excellent source of fibre.
One in two (54%) muesli products provided a source of protein, as well as 35% of hot cereals and 22% of ready-to-eat cereals.
If you are concerned about sugars in your diet there are a variety of breakfast cereals available.
Breakfast cereal is a nutritious, affordable way to start the day and there’s a wide variety of breakfast cereals available to suit different tastes and occasions.
For a healthy everyday choice enjoy a breakfast cereal that:
1. Is higher in fibre or high in whole grain (look for the whole grain claim on pack)
2. Has a higher Health Star Rating
3. You can eat with milk or yoghurt to add a serve of dairy to your day
1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First
Results - Foods and Nutrients, 2011-12. Canberra: ABS; 2014
2. ABS 2014. Customised report. http://www.abs.gov.au/censusatschool
3. Australian Breakfast Cereal Manufacturers Forum calculation based in part on data reported by Nielsen through its ScanTrack and Homescan service for the Breakfast Cereals and Fresh Milk categories for the 104 -
week period ending August 6, 2014 for the Nielson Homescan Data and 104 weeks period ending August 31, 2014 for the Nielson ScanTrack Data for the Australian Total Grocery Market. (Copyright © 2014, The Nielson Company.)
4. Galaxy Research Study for the Australian Breakfast Cereal Manufacturers Forum. Unpublished: 2013
5. Williams PG. The Benefits of Breakfast Cereal Consumption: A Systematic Review of the Evidence Base. Adv Nutr 2014; 5:636S-673S.
6. Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council. GLNC 2016 Breakfast Cereal Audit. Unpublished: 2016.
7. Food Standards Australia New Zealand. Standard 1.2.7 Nutrition, Health and Related Claims. Accessed 10 April 2015: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2014C01191
8. Department of Health. Summary of Food Categories Engaged under The Food and Health Dialogue. Accessed 10 April 2015: http://www.foodhealthdialogue.gov.au/internet/foodandhealth/publishing.nsf/Content/summary_food_categories
9. FSANZ. AUSNUT 2011–13 2014. Available from: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/science/monitoringnutrients/ausnut/ausnutdatafiles/Pages/default.aspx
10. Nutrition Research Australia, Breakfast and Breakfast Cereal Consumption Among Australians – A secondary analysis of the 2011-12 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey, Sydney, February 2016 http://www.cereal4brekkie.org.au/new
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