Sanitarium’s new Gluten Free Weet-bix

I think this a great idea as Weet-bix is a kiwi house hold name and is one our healthiest breakfast cereals on the market compared to many that have huge amounts of sugar, including many Gluten Free cereals. Just because something is ‘Gluten Free or ‘allergy friendly or ‘organic’ DOES NOT mean it is healthy for you or any less refined. Infact, most GF products have just the same amount of sugar as standard biscuits. ALWAYS READ THE NUTRITIONAL LABEL. You want to be looking at sugars less 10g per 100g. 

So when I turned over and looked the nutritional panel I was happy to see that the sugars were only 3.5g per 100g. As a comparison, standard Weet-bix sits at 2.8g and rolled oats/ porridge at 1g. Most kids and adult cereals sit in the 20g or above mark.

Sodium not too bad as we generally like it to be less 250g per 100g but not far off.

They do add in added nutrients such as Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3) (which are so important for healthy carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism and helping release energy from foods) to reboost nutrient value in the grain as B vitamins are heat sensitive and are usually destroyed through the cooking process. This would be a rather ‘empty food’ if they didn’t.

Interesting that they list the Polyphenol rating at the bottom. Polyphenols are antioxidants, antioxidants protect the cells in your body from free radical damage (free radicals are unstable molecule in the body that can do damage). Polyphenols, which are found in many different foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, red wine, tea- black and herbal, and even in herbs, spices and seasonings. The health effects of polyphenols depend on the amount consumed and on their bioavailability -meaning how they are digested and absorbed into the body.

The amount in the new Weet-Bix sits at 66mg or 221mg per 100g. This is similar to berries, seeds, nuts, some vegetables- for a full list click here however spices and herbs have some of the highest ratings with cloves being at 15,000mg per 100g!

Here is another interesting research paper if you would like more information at the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 

Furthermore, you will see on the ingredients list that there is golden syrup in it however when it comes to taste…you certainly don’t get a taste of syrup…tastes just like standard Weet-Bix, you still need to add something to it as it is quite plan.

In fact how I like to add abit of flavour and to boost my polyphenol intake is I crushed a couple up, added cinnamon, chia seeds, cocoa powder and a mashed banana. It was delicious! Now I am looking forward to all the baking I can do with it!

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