Breads and cereals
Did you know?
Whole meal and whole grain breads are too high in fibre for infants, so only give them white bread.
Kiwis are not eating the recommended 6 serves of breads and cereals each day. These foods are meant to make up the bulk of a healthy diet – so don’t scrimp!
Cereals aren’t just breakfast foods, they include grains like rice, oats, rye, millet and corn, breads, pasta, noodles, couscous, polenta and flour. Grains are especially important for all the vitamins and minerals they contain. Studies suggest whole grains may help prevent heart disease and, perhaps, diabetes.
|| Single servings
- Have some whole grain bread with at least one meal a day.
- Try some softer grain breads to start with if you are unsure about the switch.
- Eat a healthy breakfast cereal regularly.
- Add whole grain cereal, like barley and rice, to bulk out soups and casseroles.
- Serve low GI rice or pasta with hot dishes.
- 1 slice bread (26g)
- 1 cup breakfast cereal
- ½ cup muesli or porridge
- 1 medium bread roll (50g)
- 1 muffin (80g)
- 2 plain sweet biscuits
- 1 cup cooked pasta, rice or noodles.
- dietary fibre
- vitamins: all B group, except B12, and E
- Minerals: magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc and selenium (whole grain products).