Weetos and Cheerios look pretty similar, so you could be forgiven for thinking they’re nutritionally similar too, but is one better than the other, and are they healthy enough to be a breakfast cereal staple?
In this article, I’ll be comparing the two kinds of cereal head-to-head to find out what’s the difference between the two when it comes to ingredients, nutrition, and cost to help you make an informed decision on which is best for you and your family.
Read on to find out which cereal wins the comparison, and help us out by voting for which one you prefer so we can find out which is best for taste.
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Starting with the ingredients comparison and to confirm the cereals I’m comparing are; The Weetabix Food Company Weetos and Nestlé Multigrain Cheerios.
The comparison table below shows Weetos main ingredient is wholegrain wheat and wheat flour, whereas Multigrain Cheerios are made from various grain flours.
Both kinds of cereal have added sugar, salt and various vitamins and minerals to make them a healthier breakfast option for consumers.
|Weetos Ingredients||Cheerios (Multigrain) Ingredients|
|Wholegrain Wheat (49%), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Flavouring, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Iron, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B6, Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.||Cereal Grains (Whole Grain Oat Flour (29.6%), Whole Grain Wheat (29.6%), Whole Grain Barley Flour (17.9%), Whole Grain Corn Flour (2.1%), Whole Grain Rice Flour (2.1%)), Sugar, Wheat Starch, Invert Sugar Syrup, Molasses, Vitamins and Minerals (Calcium, Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin), Sunflower Oil, Salt, Colours: Carotene and Annatto; Caramelised Sugar Syrup, Antioxidant: Tocopherols|
Weetos Vs. Cheerios Nutritional Comparison
Moving onto the nutritional comparison and to keep things fair and accurate, I’ll be comparing each nutritional category on a weight-for-weight basis, which is a 30g manufacturer recommended serving.
Best for Calorie Content
The calorie content of a serving of Weetos and Multigrain Cheerios are very similar, however of the two, Weetos are slightly lower in calories per serving than Cheerios.
It’s worth noting that this difference is very small with only 3kcal difference between the two.
|Cereal Type||Calories Per 30g Serving|
Best for Carbohydrate Content
Because Weetos and Cheerios are both predominately made from wheat flour and other grains they’re not a low-carbohydrate option, but if this is something you’re tracking, of the two Multigrain Cheerios are slightly lower in carbs (2g less) than Weetos.
|Cereal Type||Carbohydrates Per 30g Serving|
Best for Sugar Content
Sugar content is often an important factor for consumers when choosing a breakfast cereal, especially when it’s a cereal aimed at kids.
Both Weetos and Multigrain Cheerios contain just over a teaspoon of sugar per 30g serving, but of the two, Weetos contain 0.4g more, so there’s not much difference between the two.
|Cereal Type||Sugars Per 30g Serving|
Best for Protein Content
Again, there’s not much difference between Weetos and Cheerios when it comes to protein and neither cereal can be classed as particularly high in protein, but of the two, Weetos contain slightly more per serving.
|Cereal Type||Protein Per 30g Serving|
Best for Fat Content
Both Weetos and Cheerios are low fat breakfast cereal options, with Multigran Cheerios containing a little more fat and saturated fat per serving, however these are nominal amounts.
|Cereal Type||Fat Per 30g Serving||Of Which is Saturated Fat|
Best for Fiber Content
Although it could be easy to assume from the cereal names that these are high fiber choices, neither can be classed as high-fiber, but they’re a better option when compared to corn or rice based alternatives.
Of the two, Multigrain Cheerios contain 0.6g more dietary fiber per serving than Weetos, making them the better option in this category.
|Cereal Type||Dietary Fibre per 30g Serving|
Best for Sodium/Salt Content
Weetos and Multigrain Cheerios have a small amount of added salt, with Cheerios containing more per serving than Weetos which are calssed as low in salt.
|Cereal Type||Sodium/Salt per 30g Serving|
Best for Vitamins/Minerals
As with most breakfast cereals, Weetos and Multigrain Cheerios are fortified with added vitamins and minerals to help consumers to get towards their reccominded daily amounts (reference intake %).
Although both kinds of cereal contain a number of added vitamins and minerals, of the two, Weetos contain higher values in more nutritional categories.
|Vitamin/Mineral Type||Weetos Amount Per Serving/Reference Intake %||Cheerios (Multigrain) Amount Per Serving/Reference Intake %|
|Vitamin D||1.3mcg||0.75mcg / 15%|
|Calcium||–||158mg / 20%|
|Iron||3.6mg||3.8mg / 27%|
|Thiamin (B1)||0.28mg / 25%||–|
|Riboflavin (B2)||0.36mg / 25%||0.28mg / 20%|
|Vitamin B6||0.36mg / 25%||0.29mg / 21%|
|Vitamin C||–||12mg / 15%|
|Vitamin B12||0.63mcg / 25%||–|
|Niacin||4.2mg / 25%||3.5mg / 22%|
|Folic Acid||51mcg||49mcg / 25%|
*mcg = microgram (1000th of a milligram) / mg = milligram (1000th of a gram)
Best for Flavor/Texture
When it comes to choosing the best cereal for flavor, this is a subjective question, so we need to do a poll to get a wider public opinion.
Please help us by voting for your favorite – Weetos or Cheerios, and once you vote, the winner so far will be revealed (no personal information required to vote).
Best for Price
Because Weetos and Multigrain Cheerios are sold in different box sizes, I’ve worked out the cost per 100g.
Below are the average prices for each cereal based at the time of writing this article (please note prices may vary depending on where you shop and offers at the time).
- Weetos 500g box = £2.50 / 100g = £0.50
- Cheerios 700g box = £3.50 / 100g = £0.50
- Cheerios 390g box = £2.70 / 100g = £0.69
Based on this information, Cheerios and Weetos both cost 50p per 100g for a family box of cereal, but smaller boxes of Cheerios cost the equivalent of 69p per 100g.
Becauses there’s no other pack sizes of Weetos to compare, there’s not enough data to confirm a clear winner.
Overall Winner & Summary
All nutritional categories have now been compared and it’s been a very close contest throughout, so we have – joint winners.
Weetos are slightly lower in calories and fat, lower in salt and higher in vitamins and minerals, whereas Cheerios are lower in carbs, sugar and are slightly higher in protein and fiber.
Ultimately, it all comes down to which you like best and which nutritional categories are most important to you – hopefully the data in this article can help you decide.
|Comparison Category||Winner (Weetos or Multigrain Cheerios)|
|Best for Calorie Content||Weetos|
|Best for Carbohydrate Content||Multigrain Cheerios|
|Best for Sugar Content||Multigrain Cheerios|
|Best for Protein Content||Multigrain Cheerios|
|Best for Fat Content||Weetos|
|Best for Fiber Content||Multigrain Cheerios|
|Best for Salt Content||Weetos|
|Best for Vitamins/Minerals||Weetos|
|Best for Price||Unclear|
|Overall Winner||Joint Winners|
References Used for this Article
To ensure the nutritional information used in this article is accurate, I have used data from the manufacturer; the links below contain the source information: