Counted among the healthier ready-breakfast options, muesli typically has less sugar and calories than most breakfast cereals on supermarket shelves. It is also relatively high in fibre and whole grains. Packaged muesli, which is generally a loose mixture of mainly rolled oats together with various pieces of dried fruit, nuts and seeds, is expected to be a source of protein and energy as well. Keeping these aspects in mind, we shortlisted six brands of muesli to study and compare the information given on their labels. Alongside, we have rated the sugar and fat quantities as per traffic light colours to enable consumers to decide if the product they are picking up is a healthy choice.Oxford Dictionary describes muesli as ‘a mixture of oats and other cereals, dried fruits and nuts, eaten with milk at breakfast.’ The term ‘muesli’ is derived from the Swiss German word mus, which means ‘mixture’. Muesli was introduced around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital, where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy. Muesli in its modern form became popular in western countries starting in the 1960s, no doubt because of the increased interest in health food and vegetarian diets.
- Bagrry’s Muesli (Fruit & Nut with Cranberries)
- Express Foods Swiss Style Muesli (with Honey, Raisins & Almonds)
- Gaia Fruit & Nut
- Kellogg’s Fruit and Nut
- Patanjali Fruit & Nut
- Soulfull Fruity Millet Muesli (with Almonds)
Energy, Protein and Dietary Fibre
- Energy declaration was highest in Gaia (401.9 kcal per 100 grams) and lowest in Bagrry’s (352.0kcal per 100 grams). Consumption of 100 grams of KalevaAloo Wafers means one-fourth of daily requirement of energy has been met for a man engaged in sedentary work.
- Protein declaration was highest in Gaia (10.54 per cent) and lowest in Kellogg’s (7.5 per cent).
- Dietary fibre declaration was highest in Bagrry’s (7.3 per cent) and lowest in Kellogg’s (4.25 per cent).
Traffic Light Rating
- Traffic light for fat was amber in all brands – this means one may consume these occasionally. Highest fat was declared in Gaia (5.21 per cent) and lowest in Patanjali (3.58 per cent).
- Traffic light for sugar was green in Gaia – this means one may consume it often. In all other brands, traffic light for sugar was amber.
- Highest sugar was declared in Express Foods (20.9 per cent) and lowest in Gaia (3.4 per cent).
- As per the unit price, Patanjali is the cheapest brand and Bagrry's is the costliest.