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Cornflakes Better Than Kellogg's Special K Say Researchers

Written by Jamie Stowe| Monday, 22 December 2008| There are 21 comments

confirmed the dangers of believing that diet food can solve your weight problems

We have warned about 'diet foods' at Ukmedix News before and we have reported on research which shows that individuals who go for these types of supposedly low fat foodstuffs often end up eating more calories than they would have if they had gone for the normal version of the same food. New research undertaken by Which? has confirmed the dangers of believing that diet food can solve your weight problems. The research which was headed by Nikki Ratcliff has come up with some startling findings regarding the amount of sugar, calories and fat which are to be found in so called diet foods.

cornflakes better than kellogg

For example Kellogg's Special K which is heavily marketed featuring beautiful women in red swimsuits was found to contain an extra 3g more sugar in each 30g serving then in the normal and famous Kellogg's Cornflakes. Kellogg's Cornflakes are never advertised as a low fat or calorie foodstuff but on the other hand millions of women go and buy Kellogg's Special K when they need to lose weight. If they knew the real facts they would be going for the regular Cornflakes instead.

Other interesting findings showed that McVitie's Lights digestive biscuits only contained four calories less than McVitie's Original biscuits and that a supposedly special Weight Watchers sliced white bread had almost identical nutritional value to Warburtons Toastie and Asda Danish white bread meaning that any benefit from picking up the Weight Watchers bread was negligible.

Which? recommended that people don't automatically reach for the low fat versions of food brands but take time to study the nutritional value charts on the packaging of all versions of the same food. They stressed that just because the words 'light' or 'low fat' appeared on the packaging was no guarantee that they were the lowest calorie option.

Which? said that people must never forget that the best way to lose weight is to exercise and eat a healthy balanced diet.

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There are 21 comments on this article.

On December 22, 2008 @ 17:52
julian said:
Breakfast is a meal that you should eat alot at. Whether you eat Special K or Cornflakes is going to make very little difference...
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On December 23, 2008 @ 19:34
mary said:
I don’t think that k or cornflakes make that much of the difference, what really make a difference is what you eat at lunch and dinner time.
You can have a lot of calories or sugar or whatever is in the food when is early in the day, because you burn the calories during the day!! So like my mom used to say “eat breakfast like a lion and dinner like a kitten”
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On December 24, 2008 @ 20:00
cereal man said:
great beleiver in breakfast. An army marches on its stomach. loving these articles!
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On December 26, 2008 @ 16:44
angryanne said:
I have been buying Special K for years thinking that it was very low in calories and I feel cheated to know that Cornflakes are basically the same. Kelloggs should be fined by the Advertising Authorities for misleading the public...
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On December 28, 2008 @ 10:47
angry 2 said:
I agree with you anne- I feel conned! How can special K advertise itself like that?
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On December 29, 2008 @ 15:47
lorry said:
What does it say on the nutritional information section of the Special K packets and the regular Cornflakes packets though? I haven't checked but I bet all the info is there... It shows how you need to read the labeling carefully and not be taken in by low fat/low calorie adverts...
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On December 30, 2008 @ 15:55
Checker! said:
Be very careful when reading the precentages. Many will have in small writing at the bottom of the box "percentages based on a 2000 callorie diet"!!! Example 4% fat of 2000 calories is 80 calories from fat, but if you transfer the 80 calories to the calories of a portion, which could be 160 callories it is 50% not 4%!!! The industry wants to sell regardless of what it does to us so please check your values per portion.
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On July 27, 2009 @ 19:11
Ryan said:
The truth is that Cornflakes are a slimmer food source and woman everywhere should be eating CF rather than the amazingly advetised Special K! I knew the second i taste special k that there was more fat and calories than cornflakes.
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On July 29, 2009 @ 15:45
Which? Fan said:
Thank you Which? So many people are misled by advertising and it's only thanks to organisations like Which? that help people find the truth. I'm so glad you've pointed out this common misconception about conflakes & special k!
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On September 26, 2009 @ 04:58
Angry Rex said:
I like Special K because I like its taste and that I used to think its healthy for you and low cal...but believe me pals there are better cereals that taste much better and are *really low-cal* like I'd say a regular serving of Specialk with low fat milk has 145 cals, whereas the one regular cornflakes I'm eating has only 113 cals, also you have Kashi cereal having only 110 cals, or even WEETABIX...they taste really good to me. Special K should be trashed, Marketing makes real fools out of everyone...I'm boycotting KELLOGS !!!
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On September 26, 2009 @ 15:54
maury said:
I lost 30 pounds doing the special k diet so something works!
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On June 28, 2010 @ 17:46
declan88 said:
Interesting. I always look at the labels as I'm diabetic. I almost some half fat creme fraiche the other day, but found that single creme had less fat per ml and was a small carton, more to the size I needed. Thank goodnes for reading lessons at school. (Ahem)
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On June 30, 2010 @ 12:47
six3214491 said:
i saw the ads abt special k diet on the bus juz now & thought of given it a try. having read these reports, i will think thrice. thanks for sharing
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On July 11, 2010 @ 16:57
me! said:
umm...guys kashi is a part of the kellogs company
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On July 27, 2010 @ 20:46
farah said:
well guys i really want to try cornflakes to reduce weight so plz suggest me shuld i go 4 the regular one or low cal?
cuz i got plans to use the low cal one but after readin the comments m abit confused
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On October 15, 2010 @ 22:18
kukkudina ;) said:
Guys get your facts straight before jumping to conclusions! Special K is a low GI breakfast containing 19g of protein/100g, unlike cornflakes which contains only 7g. Low GI means that it will take longer for your body to digest it, and this will keep u fuller for longer. High GI foods stimulate insulin release and this spike will lead to hunger pangs.
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On October 28, 2010 @ 20:08
ahmed P said:
soemone should sack the writer- he has done absolutely no research on his Glycaemic Index's...

Food: Special K (Kellogg's)
Glycemic Index: 69
Glycemic Index Rating: Medium
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On April 13, 2011 @ 22:50
Lillahbethalene said:
I eat special k it tastes good and if you have a serving of that with aspecial k chocolately pretzel bar you ar full full full until lunch :)
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On January 31, 2012 @ 06:21
Smn said:
Is this best for lactating mother ?

Will trying Kellogs effect the milk quantity in mother ?

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On September 08, 2012 @ 23:46
Emilio said:
3g of sugar? Can of soda = 30g+
And people have those like nothing
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On October 10, 2012 @ 15:47
pratigya said:
I am totally confused after reading this research comment.Pleases tell me which is better Kellogg special k or Kellogg cornflakes?
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