The Weetabix Diet

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If you are trying to increase your intake of whole grains as part of a weight loss program or a nutritious meal plan, Weetabix cereals and bars may be worth considering. Weetabix has been making whole grain products since 1932, and they are available in 80 countries throughout the world. The calorie counts and other nutrition information for various Weetabix products can help you figure out which ones to choose and how to fit them into a balanced diet. A nutritionist can work with you to determine if your diet is nutritionally adequate.

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Products

Weetabix cereals include whole wheat Weetabix and chocolate Weetabix, Oatibix bites and flakes, crunchy bran and Alpen cereals, with wheat, oats and barley. Bars include Weetabix bars, Alpen regular and 70-calorie bars and Oatibix bars. The products contain gluten, but are vegetarian, kosher and free from allergens such as soy, milk and eggs. Some Weetabix products, such as Weetos Chocolate, are fortified with about 25 per cent of the daily value for iron, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin D and folic acid. Many of the products contain added sugars, but some are free of added sweeteners. Most products have 1g to 4g fat and up to 5g protein.

Whole Grains

All Weetabix products contain whole grains, and you may be able to lose weight and lower your risk for heart disease when you replace refined grains with whole grains in your diet, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Whole grains are natural sources of dietary fibre and potassium, and whole grains in Weetabix products include whole wheat and whole grain oats. At least half of the grains you eat each day should come from whole grain sources.

Weetabix for Breakfast

Cold breakfast cereal, such as Weetabix, can be a convenient choice for breakfast. MayoClinic.com suggests eating a whole-grain cereal with at least 3g dietary fiber per serving, and Weetabix bars and cereals meet this goal. The clinic also recommends having no more than 5g sugar per serving for breakfast. Some Weetabix products, such as Alpen No Sugar-Added Cereal and Weetos, have 7g sugar per serving, with some from added sugars and some from natural sugars in raisins. Alpen Light bars and Oatibix cereal have less than 2g sugar. Cereal with fat-free milk and fresh fruit, such as melon or berries, can be a nutritious and filling breakfast. If you are on the go, try a Weetabix bar with a piece of fruit and a container of yoghurt or low-fat string cheese.

Other Uses

Weetabix cereal or bars can be nutritious choices for snacks because of their dietary fibre, which slows digestion and can make you feel full. You can also use Weetabix products, such as Alpen Light Chocolate and Orange bars or chocolate Weetabix cereal, as lower-calorie alternatives to high-fat or sugary desserts. These choices can help you lose weight. Incorporate Weetabix products into your diet only gradually to reduce your risk for diarrhoea from a rapid increase in fibre, and drink plenty of water.

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