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Consumption of Ready-to-Eat Cereal in Canada and Its Contribution to Nutrient Intake and Nutrient Density among Canadians

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School of Public Health, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 4Z2, Canada
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Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition, General Mills, Minneapolis, MN 55427-3870, USA
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Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 4Z2, Canada
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Nutrients 2019, 11(5), 1009; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11051009
Received: 28 March 2019 / Revised: 29 April 2019 / Accepted: 30 April 2019 / Published: 3 May 2019
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: ready-to-eat cereal; nutrient intake; dietary assessment; nutrient density ready-to-eat cereal; nutrient intake; dietary assessment; nutrient density
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Vatanparast, H.; Islam, N.; Patil, R.P.; Shamloo, A.; Keshavarz, P.; Smith, J.; Chu, L.M.; Whiting, S. Consumption of Ready-to-Eat Cereal in Canada and Its Contribution to Nutrient Intake and Nutrient Density among Canadians. Nutrients 2019, 11, 1009. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11051009

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Vatanparast H, Islam N, Patil RP, Shamloo A, Keshavarz P, Smith J, Chu LM, Whiting S. Consumption of Ready-to-Eat Cereal in Canada and Its Contribution to Nutrient Intake and Nutrient Density among Canadians. Nutrients. 2019; 11(5):1009. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11051009

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Vatanparast, Hassan, Naorin Islam, Rashmi P. Patil, Arash Shamloo, Pardis Keshavarz, Jessica Smith, Luan M. Chu, and Susan Whiting. 2019. "Consumption of Ready-to-Eat Cereal in Canada and Its Contribution to Nutrient Intake and Nutrient Density among Canadians" Nutrients 11, no. 5: 1009. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11051009

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