In my last blog I wrote about sugars, the good and the bad. In another article I wrote about breakfasts. In this one I’m going to compare nutritional facts from different cereals. Partly focused on sugar (again). Because as I’ve explained to you before how sugar works, you simply don’t want to start with a high sugar intake since that’s going to have an impact on the rest of your day.
The analysis that I’m doing is definitely not a complete list with all existing types of breakfast cereals. I found this dataset online and it gave me a starting point to analyse relevant data and to show you more about sugars in breakfast cereals in general. Hopefully you will get some more insights and understanding of different types of breakfast. So, here we go.
I’ll compare a few different factors from this dataset in order to decide which cereal in this dataset is the best to take. I have to say, results of this analysis are against my expectations…
Top 10 ratings
This dataset contains about 77 different type of cereals. And no, I’m not going to analyse them all one-by-one. Just to get a general idea of the data and people ratings I decided to plot a bar chart with the top 10 best rated cereals in this dataset. Looking at the chart below, obviously there is one cereal that really stands out. All-Bran with extra fiber. I’m definitely not a cereal expert, but I do know that all-bran is supposedly one of the more healthy ones. ‘Supposedly’. Is that just a terrible assumption on my side that I had for years? Or is something interesting going on?
My first thinking, especially after my previous blogs about sugar, was that is probably contains a lot of hidden sugar but actually, I had to filter it down quite a bit to find before the all brand with Extra fiber showed up. It contains ZERO sugars! So, we have a cereal with the highest rating and the lowest amount of sugar!
This conclusion based on two figures made me wonder whether there is a connection between the two. Therefore I decides to check for a correlation. And not only for sugar but also for protein and calories to get a better overview in once. As shown below, there is a strong negative correlation between rating and calories (-0.69) and a very strong negative correlation between rating and sugars (-0.76). Negative means that if one gets stronger, the other on gets weaker. Let’s build a figure for that.
Sugars vs ratings
As you can see, the number for sugar vs. ratings from above, visualized so you can see where this is going. The higher the rating, the lower the amount of sugar in the breakfast cereal!
Calories & rating
And as you can see as well, the number for calories vs. rating from above, visualized so yo can also see where this one is moving. To explain it precisely: the higher the rating, the lower the amount of calories in the breakfast cereal!
Apart from the findings we alreadyy have, protein is also an important factor in a breakfast. The figure below shows the all bran has the highest amount of protein in this dataset per serving.
In this dataset it’s absolutely clear that all bran is the healthiest of all, but also the best rated of all. looking at the sugars and calories there is a strong correlation that the higher the rating, the less sugar and calories is in the breakfast. Which is very suprisingly for me! I truly expected people the score the highest on the sugar rich breakfast cereal but it’s the opposite. Of course, I don’t know how valid this data set it, and how credible the data is, but it is an interesting finding in a dataset as this.
Or course you can go from all sorts of angles. See if your favorite cereal is in there and analyse that one, go more in-depth about sugars, altho I’m not sure if that makes you happy.