Breakfast cereal

A supermarket display with lots of different types of breakfast cereal

Look at this photograph of supermarket shelves in a UK supermarket and the range of breakfast cereals available.

In 2020, people in the UK spent more than £1,400,000,000 on breakfast cereal.

The five best-selling cereals in Britain are:

  1. Weetabix
  2. Quaker oats (used to make porridge)
  3. Crunchy Nut Cornflakes
  4. Cornflakes
  5. Coco Pops

Lots of people eat breakfast cereals, and some cereals are very popular with children. However, over the last few years, more people have started to worry about the amount of sugar some of these cereals contain.

Nowadays, lots of cereals have 'traffic light' warnings that show how much sugar, salt and fat the cereal contains.

traffic light nutrition label

What do you think?

  • How healthy do you think the traditional breakfast is in your country?
  • How healthy is your breakfast?

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Submitted by Erick20 on Sat, 14/01/2023 - 20:36


Well, we don't have like a 'traditional' breakfast, we do have traditional dishes that you can consume in meals like breakfast, for example 'tamales' and 'atole', but these are definitely not healthy, because it contains a lot of fat, suggar and carbs.
In my case I prefer the raw oat with no suggar but with fruit instead, like banana or an apple, with a hot cup of coffee.

Submitted by R.Parimala on Fri, 09/12/2022 - 10:51


I reside in India, healthy breakfast meals are Idly and Pongal that are prepared with cereal and pulses.However people should be consumed limited amount.

Submitted by ore on Sat, 26/11/2022 - 14:58


not is a healthy breakfast, Cereal is very dangerous for body. In my country often eat cereal but not cereal industries. The cereal is organic and is server at home

Submitted by Raq_Garcia on Mon, 14/11/2022 - 08:11


In my country Spain, breakfast is not usually healthy because people are in a hurry and only have a cup of coffee and some biscuits

Hi @Raq_Garcia,

I live in Spain too and I know what you mean - a lot of people these days are too busy to have a big breakfast. Do you have a bigger breakfast at the weekend? I love having a hot omelette sandwich and a coffee in a bar at the weekends. 


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