So here goes. I compared a bowl of kelloggs cornflakes compared to Aunt bessies morello cherry pie. I didn't end up comparing milk because I have the same for each so it seemed pointless. I thought it best to reduce down to what's changed.
If you want to see the full detail I've added this to the spreadsheet for this course in the cereal or fruit pie sheet. The portion sizes I have are cornflakes: 90g, pie 137g.
pie:kcals 375, carbs: 57g, fat: 14.5g, fibre: 1.2g, Sodium: 0.01
cornflakes: kcals:341, carbs: 75g, fat 0.8g, fibre: 2.7g, Sodium: 0.5
So, unfortunately in all aspects except sodium cornflakes appear better. Not the biggest surprise but important to understand. Also remember that I had more in weight of the pie than cornflakes. Weight for weight there are 100 kcals less in the pie!!! I know, surprised me too. In theory the energy profile of cornflakes is better than pie because more energy is coming from carbohydrates than fat and there is less sugar in cornflakes. Fine. But I would consider cornflakes to be a pretty healthy cereal. If I'd compared with frosties coco pops and other kinds of cereal with lots more sugar I don't expect such a tought challenge.
There's also a limitation in terms of the info given. Cornflakes actually had vitamin, a salt amounts listed. The pie didn't. But the pie had a breakdown of types of fat, cornflakes didn't. This is a common problem when comparing food. There is no consistent data that gives you a full profile. I'd like to show that the pie had better or equal vitamin content but I just don't have the data. I could probably find it but this was supposed to be a 10 minute task, 1 hour max so if it's not given we'll leave it there.
While cornflakes just won this task I wouldn't say it was a complete victory. If the portion sizes were the same I'd have 100 less calories with the pie. The pie also tastes better and feels like a treat. I certainly don't have a pie every day. But at weekends or on special days it's a way to start the day with fun. I don't feel like I'm holding back.
Cornflakes are fortified with vitamins but I still prefer the idea of getting my nutrients from sources my body is designed for and in natural balances. The pie didn't list the vitamins so we couldn't compare but I can feel the texture of real fruit.
It's also a way of getting a small part of my 5 a day fruit and veg.
So, overall I got what I hoped for out of this task. I proved that weight for weight pie has less calories than cornflakes. Pie is still a treat but it's also a fun way of starting the day with fruit. Worth a thought if you have trouble hitting your 5 a day.
I hope this helps you guys understand more about how to complete this task. I see you've all tried hard. Thankyou. It can easily become a tough task can't it. I probably didn't make it clear. All you need to do is change a component of a meal in your head. You don't actually have to make or serve the meal. This can be a paper exercise. Then find the basic nutritional values per 100g energy (kcals), protein, carbs, fat, fibre. If you get anymore info great. If you don't, don't worry it's not always easy.
Hope that helps. Thanks for your efforts so far.