Some Muesli fattier than double quarter pounder

According to a consumer organization Choice, a morning bowl of muesli may contain as much fat as a McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder. The consumer organization tested 159 types of muesli and discovered that the popular breakfast meal isn't necessarily a healthy choice.

Choice spokeswoman Ingrid Just said in a statement, “Whilst much of the fat content in muesli is the 'good' unsaturated type, coming from oats, seeds and nuts, the high fat varieties can still pack a high number of kilojoules.” One brand, The Muesli, contains twice as much fat as a McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder, Choice said. Two gluten-free varieties - Sunsol Gluten Free and Nu-Vit Low Fat Fruity Muesli Gluten Free - contain a whopping 43 per cent of sugar, 7 per cent more than Coco Pops.

Ms Just said, “If you are eating muesli to try and lose weight then the overall fat and sugar content needs to be taken into consideration.” Choice has called for traffic light color labeling on all mueslis that make nutrition or health claims, which would rate fat, fiber, energy and sugar content.

Choice found almost three quarters of muesli products contain at least one health claim. The report says, “The most common are gluten-free and wheat-free claims or relate to fiber and or wholegrain content…But low in salt, no added sugar, high protein, low GI and low fat claims are also popular.” The problem, the report says, is that nutrition claims don't tell the whole story. “Morpeth Sourdough Muesli Delux says it has 'no added sugar' but its dried fruit content and added honey result in a product that's almost 28 per cent sugar,” Ms Just said.

Choice suggests before buying one should check the nutritional information panel and the ingredients list for added sugars such as honey or glucose.

Dr. Ananya Mandal

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Dr. Ananya Mandal is a doctor by profession, lecturer by vocation and a medical writer by passion. She specialized in Clinical Pharmacology after her bachelor's (MBBS). For her, health communication is not just writing complicated reviews for professionals but making medical knowledge understandable and available to the general public as well.

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