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CEREALS AND CEREAL PRODUCTS
The Cereals and Cereal Products food group includes grains, flours, bread and bread rolls, breakfast cereals, plain pasta, noodles and rice.
Around nine out of ten people reported eating foods from the Cereals and cereal products group in the day prior to interview see Table 4.1. This category provided 18% of people's daily energy on average with the majority coming from bread, breakfast cereals and rice see Table 4.1.
Within the Cereal and cereal products group, Regular breads, and bread rolls (plain/unfilled/untopped varieties) were the products most commonly consumed with 66% of people consuming regular bread, and 13% consuming English-style muffins, flat breads, savoury and sweet breads. Older people (aged 71 years and over) were most likely to eat regular bread with 83% consuming it on the day prior to interview, followed by children aged 4 to 8 years (80%) and 2 to 3 years (76%). Young adults aged 19-30 years were least likely (54%) to consume regular bread see Table 4.1. Among the consumers of regular bread, the median amount consumed on a day was 72 grams (around 2 average slices), with males consuming more than females see Table 6.1.
Footnote(s): (a) Includes bread rolls (plain/unfilled/untopped varieties). (b) On the day prior to interview.
Source(s): Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Food and Nutrients, 2011-12
White bread was the most popular in the Regular breads, and bread rolls category, making up 58% of bread consumed (by weight), with mixed grain and wholemeal varieties accounting for 18% each see Table 5.3. Around half (49%) of all bread in this category was consumed in sandwiches or rolls, with another 29% eaten as toast.
Breakfast cereals, ready to eat were consumed by 36% of the population, with a further 7% eating porridge. Children aged 2-3 years were most prevalent consumers of Breakfast cereals (54%), followed by 4-8 year olds (52%) and the 71 years and over group (50%) see Table 4.1. Male consumers ate a median daily amount of 51 grams of Breakfast cereals, ready to eat, while females ate a median amount of 35 grams which is equivalent to around one metric cup of breakfast cereal flakes see Table 6.1.
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