Within the Association of Cereal Food Manufacturers (ACFM) membership there are a number of companies who produce a range of breakfast cereals; some of these products are fortified with added vitamins and minerals.
Breakfast cereals are generally nutrient dense (in vitamins and minerals) and lower fat options than other types of breakfast (Nicklas et al. 2002, Nicklas, O'Neil & Berenson 1998, Ruxton et al. 1996). Regular consumption of all breakfast cereals has been shown to have a number of health benefits including a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese (de la Hunty et al. 2007). Breakfast can also improve concentration, especially cognition and learning in children (Panagiotako et al. 2008)Within the UK, breakfast cereals are an important source of a number of vitamins and minerals. Many nutritionists recommend breakfast should contribute 20 - 25% of daily nutritional requirements; most breakfast cereals are fortified on this basis. Breakfast cereals play a key role in the UK diet, and contribute a significant proportion of daily requirements for several micronutrients:
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