Breakfast cereals are commonly consumed in the typical western diet with milk. This is a common practice in many western countries and it is seen as unusual if these are not consumed. Breakfast cereals are often thought of as healthy foods, but there is little evidence for this viewpoint. While some breakfast cereals such as whole grain wheat and oats may have a place in a healthy diet if moderated, they are high in starch and so should be limited to those who need the energy in the form of carbohydrates. Most other breakfast cereals are devoid of any meaningful nutrients and in fact are high in sugar or processed starch. In addition, the milk that is added increases energy consumption if the milk is whole cow’s milk. Most people would do well to avoid processed breakfast cereals and find alternatives that contain a greater amount of nutrients and lower sugar content. In this regard fruit and yogurt could be considered a healthy alternative, and the addition of nuts creates a more balanced macronutrient profile.
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