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Consumption of ready to eat cereal in Canada and its contribution to nutrient intake and nutrient density among Canadians

TitleConsumption of ready to eat cereal in Canada and its contribution to nutrient intake and nutrient density among Canadians
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsVatanparast, H., Islam N., Patil R. Prakash, Shamloo A., Keshavarz P., Smith J., Chu L. Manh, and Whiting S. J.
JournalNutrients
Volume11
Pages1 - 19
Keywordsdietary assessment, nutrient density, nutrient intake, ready-to-eat cereal
Abstract

In recent years, ready-to-eat cereal (RTEC) has become a common breakfast option in Canada and worldwide. This study used the nationally representative cross-sectional data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) 2015 - Nutrition to determine patterns of RTEC consumption in Canada and the contribution to nutrient intake among Canadians who were => 2 years, of whom 22 +/- 0.6% consumed RTEC on any given day. The prevalence of RTEC consumption was highest in children aged two to 12 years (37.6 +/- 1.2%), followed by adolescents aged 13 to 18 years (28.8 +/- 1.4%), and then by adults =>19 years (18.9 +/- 0.6%). RTEC consumers had higher intakes of "nutrients to encourage" compared to the RTEC non-consumers. More than 15% of the daily intake of some nutrients, such as folic acid, iron, thiamin, and vitamin B6, were contributed by RTEC. It was noted that nearly 66% of milk consumption was co-consumed with RTEC among RTEC consumers. The nutrient density of the diet, as defined by Nutrient-Rich Food Index (NRF 9.3), was significantly higher among RTEC consumers compared to non-consumers. RTEC consumption was not associated with overweight/obesity. RTEC consumption considerably contributed to the intake of some key nutrients among all age groups in Canada.

URLhttps://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/11/5/1009/htm
DOI10.3390/nu11051009
Document URLhttps://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/11/5/1009/pdf