Nestlé Cereals have announced the details of a recent survey into children’s food consumption which was carried out by Nestlé Cereals in association with the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance.
It involved over 1,000 children and teenagers and found that at least 6 out of 10 Irish kids do not get enough whole grain or fibre in their diet.
According to Dr. Anne Nugent, UCD Institute of Food and Health, a diet rich in whole grains and fibre can help to reduce the risk of diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Encouraging children and teenagers to include grains such as wheat, oats, rice, barley and rye in their daily diet may help reduce the risk of future ill health.
The results showed that the children who ate whole grains were found to have a significantly higher fibre intake, which has an important role in digestive health. Those who ate whole grain cereals also had higher intakes of vitamin D and less salt, when compared to those eating non-whole grain cereal.
The research showed that ready to eat breakfast cereals were the main contributors to whole grains intakes in Irish children and Nestle breakfast cereals contributed to 25% of all whole grain consumed at breakfast.
Jennifer Quinn, Brand Manager Nestlé Cereals said, “It’s startling to see that at least 6 out of 10 Irish children aren’t getting enough whole grain and fibre in their diets. We want to get this message across to highlight the importance of whole grain and fibre and encourage families to be more aware that they are getting enough of both every day.”
All Nestlé breakfast cereals are a source of fibre and provide at least 8g of whole grain per serving, just look for the green banner on every pack.
Nestlé Cereals accommodates a variety of tastes with a large selection of well-know and much loved cereals including; Nestlé Cheerios, Oats & More, Cookie Crisp, Shreddies, Golden Nuggets, Shredded Wheat, Nesquik and any more.
Log onto www.wholegrain.ie for more information.