Muesli

Which brand packs more di­etary fi­bre and pro­tein?

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Which brand packs more di­etary fi­bre and pro­tein?

Counted among the health­ier ready-break­fast op­tions, muesli typ­i­cally has less sugar and calo­ries than most break­fast ce­re­als on su­per­mar­ket shelves. It is also rel­a­tively high in fi­bre and whole grains. Pack­aged muesli, which is gen­er­ally a loose mix­ture of mainly rolled oats to­gether with var­i­ous pieces of dried fruit, nuts and seeds, is ex­pected to be a source of pro­tein and en­ergy as well. Keep­ing these as­pects in mind, we short­listed six brands of muesli to study and com­pare the in­for­ma­tion given on their la­bels. Along­side, we have rated the sugar and fat quan­ti­ties as per traf­fic light colours to en­able con­sumers to de­cide if the prod­uct they are pick­ing up is a healthy choice.

Nu­tri­tional la­belling of pack­aged food prod­ucts refers to the dis­clo­sure of the main nu­tri­ents, such as en­ergy, fat, pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drate, sugar and salt con­tent, on the la­bel. As per In­dia’s Food Safety and Stan­dards (Pack­ag­ing & La­belling) Reg­u­la­tions, 2011, manda­tory nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion or nu­tri­tional facts per 100 grams or 100 millil­itres or per serv­ing of the prod­uct shall be given on the la­bel. Such in­for­ma­tion shall con­tain the fol­low­ing: a) en­ergy value in kilo­calo­ries (kcal) b) the amounts of pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drate (spec­ify

quan­tity of sugar) and fat in gram (g) or ml c) the amount of any other nu­tri­ent for which a

nu­tri­tion or health claim is made

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