Monday, 18 March 2013

How Healthy Are Your Weetabix?

Weetabix are one of the most popular breakfast cereals which many of us have been enjoying for years.

Made from whole wheat, Weetabix are high in fibre and low in fat, sugar and salt. Plus, when eaten with milk, they have a low Glycaemic Index (GI) level, providing slow release energy throughout the morning.

But with many more Weetabix varieties to choose from these days, are all Weetabix breakfast cereals still healthy?

There are many ways of eating your Weetabix, but no doubt the most common way is simply by adding hot or cold milk and maybe topped with fruit.

Some of the newer varieties have added ingredients such as strawberries and fruit or nuts, making them a little more flavoursome and sweeter, but inevitably higher in sugar.

To help you see the individual nutrition in the Weetabix varieties currently on sale in UK stores, I've compiled the following tables including calories, nutrition and ingredients and a traffic light symbol for each variety.

By looking at the traffic light, you can see whether the fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt levels are within healthy levels. This can be useful if you have particular health concerns, such as whether you're on a low salt diet, cutting down on fat or sugar, or looking for the lowest calorie cereal.

All calories are shown for the dry products. For 125ml of whole milk add an extra 80 calories, for semi skimmed milk add 60 calories, for 1% fat milk add 54 calories and for skimmed (fat free) milk add 42 calories.



1. Original Weetabix

















Note: Weetabix original salt now = 0.28g = low

2. Weetabix Organic


















Note: Weetabix Organic salt now  = 0.28g = low

3. Weetabix Chocolate




















4. Weetabix Golden Syrup



















5. Weetabix Banana


6. Weetabix Crispy Minis



7. Weetabix Crispy Minis - Caramel & Nut (New)






















8. Weetabix Crispy Minis - Chocolate Chip




















9. Weetabix Crispy Minis - Fruit & Nut



















10. Weetabix Crispy Minis - Strawberry






















11. Weetabix Bitesize



















12. Weetabix Chocolate Spoonsize (New)
















13. Weetabix  Strawberry


Weetabix Strawberry
151 calories per 2 Weetabix (no milk) Suitable for vegetarians. Add 60 calories for 125ml semi skimmed milk. Low GI when served with milk.
Nutrition per 100g:
Calories:
361
weetabix strawberry
Protein:
10g
Carbohydrate:
71g
Sugar:
17g
Fat:
2.0g
Saturates:
0.3g
Fibre:
9.5g
Salt:
0.23g
Ingredients:
Wholegrain Wheat (90%), Sugar, Malted Barley Extract, Flavourings, Salt, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid.



14. Weetabix Crispy Minis, Banana


Weetabix Crispy Minis, Banana
156 calories per serving (40g) (no milk). Suitable for vegetarians.
Nutrition per 100g:
Calories:
389
Weetabix crispy minis banana
Protein:
9.3g
Carbohydrate:
72g
Sugar:
20g
Fat:
4.9g
Saturates:
3.0g
Fibre:
9.7g
Salt:
0.18g
Ingredients:
Wholegrain Wheat (83%), Sugar, Sweetened Banana Chips (9%) (Banana, coconut oil, sugar, flavouring), Flavouring, Salt, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid.


15. Weetabix Crispy Minis, Honey


Weetabix Crispy Minis, Honey
150 calories per serving (40g) (no milk). Suitable for vegetarians.
Nutrition per 100g:
Calories:
376
 
Protein:
10g
Carbohydrate:
75g
Sugar:
22g
Fat:
2.0g
Saturates:
0.3g
Fibre:
9.6g
Salt:
0.20g
Ingredients:
Wholegrain Wheat (88%), Sugar, Blended honey (1.5%), Molasses, Salt, Flavouring, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid.

Note: The cereals shown here don't include other Weetabix branded cereals, such as Oatibix or Readybrek.

For overall and individual nutrition and calorie comparisons for Weetabix, see Weetabix comparison guides according to nutritional values.


Related Posts:


Weetabix Banana Review Nutrition and Calories - Read Post
Weetabix Protein Wheat Biscuits Review - Read Post
How Many Calories in Weetabix? - Read Post
15 Super High Fibre Breakfast Cereals - Read Post
10 Low Sugar Breakfast Cereals - Read Post
Traffic Light Labelling System - Read Post



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4 comments :

  1. Wow i found this really helpful.

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  2. So which is good for dieting

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    1. Great question! If you're trying to diet, stay away from all with high or medium sugar levels. So I'd only go for the first two - Weetabix and Weetabix Organic.

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