The best breakfast? Milk and cereal

2 March 2011

A breakfast consisting of milk and cereal is the best start to the day. A recent study conducted in England has shown that people who begin their day with milk and cereal get their day off to a more energetic start and eat more healthily throughout the day.

Cereal and milk are an excellent source of calcium and represent an important element of daily nutritional needs. In other words, they ensure the intake of sufficient vitamins, minerals, proteins and fibres. Chances are that if you start the day with cereal and milk, you will be less likely to snack in between meals.

The research was carried out on behalf of the English Breakfast Panel. One of the panel members, Professor Chris Seal of the University of Newcastle, was clearly delighted with the results: “This research shows how important it is to start the day with a good breakfast. People who have milk and cereal for breakfast usually consume less fat and less sugar than people who do not have breakfast. Eating well in the morning also means a greater intake of proteins and micronutrients such as iron, vitamins and calcium.”

Breakfast research
The research team analysed data from the British National Diet and Nutrition survey. More than 12,000 Britons aged between 19 and 64 were interviewed for this study.
Here are some results from the study:

  • 20 per cent of adults skip breakfast
  • 30 per cent have milk and cereal for breakfast
  • 45 per cent have breakfast with other foods than cereal and milk

The research also revealed that 82 per cent of people who have breakfast include milk in this first meal of the day.

Milk and breakfast cereal healthier
The study shows that a breakfast consisting of milk and cereal is the healthiest. People who have these products at breakfast consume less saturated fats and have a higher vitamin intake. But starting the day with breakfast is always better than skipping breakfast. People who eat something between 6 and 10 o’ clock in the morning consume less fat and more carbohydrates than their non-breakfasting counterparts. 

Skipping breakfast is unhealthy
Skipping breakfast can lead to tiredness, loss of concentration and poorer performances at school or at work. People who skip breakfast also eat more (sweet) snacks and eat larger portions during lunch and dinner.