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Table 2 Nutritional characteristics of breakfast cereals according to type of breakfast cereals (N = 380)

From: Performance of a five category front-of-pack labelling system – the 5-colour nutrition label – to differentiate nutritional quality of breakfast cereals in France

  Crunchy mueslis Chocolate-flavoured cereals Light cereals Filled cereals Honey/caramel sweet cereals
N 99 89 60 40 35
FSA score 9 (6;13) 8 (7;9) 8 (6;11) 12 (10;15) 10 (7;12)
Kcal 440.5 (410;457.9) 373.7 (370;383) 374.95 (368.8;390) 434.6 (420.5;441.5) 376.9 (372.1;381.1)
Carbohydrates 63.8 (60.3;67) 78 (75;82) 76 (72.4;77.8) 67 (65.7;69.5) 86 (80.1;86)
Simple sugars 23 (20;25.7) 30 (27.69;33) 20 (16.5;23.65) 29 (27.5;32.5) 28 (24.5;32)
Fat 16.2 (10.9;19.1) 2.7 (2.4;4.5) 4.6 (1.5;6.6) 15 (13.1;16) 1.1 (0.9;2.5)
Saturated fat 6.1 (2.8;8) 1.4 (1;1.8) 1.25 (0.3;3.5) 4.1 (3.3;5.6) 0.2 (0.2;0.4)
Sodium 100 (20;222) 190 (120;270) 400 (320;453) 279.5 (200;300) 400 (140;450)
Proteins 8.5 (7.8;9.4) 7.9 (7;8.6) 9.45 (8;11.25) 7.4 (7;8) 6 (5.4;7)
Fibres 7.1 (6;8) 5.5 (4;6.2) 4 (3.5;5.05) 4.75 (4;5.45) 2.8 (2;4)
  Cornflakes/other plain cereals Muesli flakes Oat flakes Fibre-rich flakes Pvalue
N 20 14 12 11  
FSA score 8 (3;8.5) −3.5 (−5;-2) −3.5 (−5;-0.5) 2 (−4;7) <0.001
Kcal 374.25 (368.55;378.4) 355.95 (340.4;373.5) 358.65 (343.75;385.6) 367.5 (330.5;383.6) <0.001
Carbohydrates 82.6 (81;84) 63.15 (58.6;67.7) 58.5 (56.6;65.8) 69 (65;75.7) <0.001
Simple sugars 7.5 (4.5;8.6) 18.05 (10.6;24.8) 1.9 (1.1;8.8) 18 (4.5;24) <0.001
Fat 1.05 (1;1.65) 7.35 (5.5;9.3) 7.75 (6.8;9.1) 4 (2.9;6) <0.001
Saturated fat 0.3 (0.2;0.55) 1.3 (1;1.6) 1.4 (1.1;1.7) 0.7 (0.5;4) <0.001
Sodium 620 (245;750) 25 (8;100) 7 (1;310) 460 (350;620) <0.001
Proteins 7.95 (7.6;8) 9.3 (8.1;11.3) 12.4 (10.6;13.85) 11 (8;14) <0.001
Fibres 3.4 (3.05;3.75) 10.65 (8;12) 10.25 (6.9;12) 10 (9;27) <0.001
  1. Values are median (interquartile range). P value obtained with Kruskall-Wallis tests across all categories.