Cheerios better than coffee for breakfast according to Food Compass

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Pour yourself a large bowl of Cheerios to start the day might be one of the healthiest decisions you make.

It’s actually better for you than an egg omelet and a cup of coffee, according to some new research.

A new study from the US claims to provide the definitive guide to food and drink nutrition. Researchers from Boston, USA developed the “Food Compass” after spending three years studying over 8,000 different types of food and drink.

The team looked at 54 different attributes (each related to chronic disease) and created a ranking system, giving each food a score between 0 and 100.

The higher the score, the healthier the food.

As you’d expect, things like fruits, veggies, and nuts rose sharply in the ’70s, while ultra-processed snacks and desserts were way down in the teens.

But there are a few surprises. Take the Cheerios mentioned above, for example. They achieved a score of 95, putting them at the top of the grain category.

An egg omelette? That got a miserable score of 51 in the Dairy section.

The Food Compass gives statistics on grain types - with Cheerios leading the way with a score of 95 (Image credit: Tufts University)

The Food Compass gives statistics on grain types – with Cheerios leading the way with a score of 95 (Image credit: Tufts University)

“Cereals are not inherently bad. If they’re high in whole grains they get a good score for it, and if they haven’t added sugar they don’t lose points,” said Professor Jeffrey Blumberg, one of the study’s co-authors.

Part of the reason for the lower score may be that while eggs are a great source of protein, they don’t contain as many nutrients as a grain fortified with vitamins and minerals.

When it comes to coffee, there’s a specific way to enjoy your brew that maximizes the health benefits. According to the research, you should ditch the espresso (55) in favor of a skim milk cappuccino (73).

Close-up Cheerios breakfast cereal texture.

Cheerios are better for you than you thought (Credits: Lee Rogersn)

“Once you’ve gotten past ‘eat your veggies, avoid soda,’ the public is pretty confused about how to spot healthier choices in the grocery store, cafeteria, and restaurant,” explained Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School, involved in the study was the research team that created Food Compass.

“Consumers, policymakers and even industry are looking for simple tools to guide everyone towards healthier choices.”

So the obvious question remains: is there any food that has scored a perfect 100?

In fact, there are quite a few. Spinach received a perfect score, as did raw broccoli, watercress, strawberries, and salmon.

Some of the foods and their relative Food Compass scores (Credit: Tufts University)

Some of the foods and their relative Food Compass scores (Credit: Tufts University)

What to avoid, avoid a McDonald’s Cheesburger – it only managed a score of 8.

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