High sodium and carbohydrate in GoldenVale breakfast cereals at ALDI

High sodium and carbohydrate in GoldenVale breakfast cereals at ALDI

High sodium and carbohydrate in GoldenVale breakfast cereals at ALDI

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High sodium and carbohydrate in GoldenVale breakfast cereals at ALDI


High sodium and carbohydrate in GoldenVale breakfast cereals is just one example of what is on the shelves at ALDI. Following on from the news that ALDI might be coming to SA finally, I want to extend part of a previous article about that (see ALDI to open supermarket stores in South Australia). I would like to show one example (cereals) of what you can buy at ALDI and the price and some of the ingredients. You can then consider what to buy there and what to avoid.

Two of the key ingredients that I look for in breakfast cereals are sodium and carbohydrate. Too high and I do not buy that cereal. I try to buy cereal with less than 1mg of total fat and up to 13mg of sodium and up to 32g of carbohydrates (with up to 12g of sugar).

The trouble with that is that there is still palm oil and preservatives like 220 (sulphur dioxide) and colour 160e (b-apo-8′ Carotenal, aka Carotenoic acid methyl, or carotene in other words). I do not mind the carotene in small quantities but the sulphur dioxide and the palm oil is something that I do mind. Sadly, it is unavoidable but at least the cereal that I buy is healthier than some of what ALDI sells.

Here is a warning to choose carefully when buying from ALDI if they do come to SA. ALDI’s breakfast cereals, as an example, especially GoldenVale branded Honey Wheats, Choco Rice and Choco Pillows, are consistently on the list of worst offenders for sugar and sodium. They might be reasonably cheap but that is because they contain way more sugar and sodium than is required in a breakfast cereal.

Some of them contain more than 4g of total fat, more than 2300mg of sodium – which is completely absurd and you are asking for a heart attack with that level – and also around 400g of carbohydrate. You can pay around $2.25 for a 425g box of GoldenVale cereal but is it worth it really given what it contains? GoldenVale Wheat Biscuits, by the way, contain more than 3000mg of sodium.

This is just breakfast cereal that I have used as an example in this article and I could do countless more (not to be alarmist but so that people know in advance). Imagine what else is on ALDI’s shelves? You have to read the ingredients list then very carefully. I would generally only use ALDI for non-perishable items like dish washing liquid or whatever, as I outlined in my previous article. You might want to consider doing the same?



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