Choosing the best cereal for your kids can be a big decision; they want the one that tastes best and has the most exciting box, whereas we want the healthiest choice.
Weetos and Coco Pops are both popular among children, but which one is the best?
In this article, I will compare the two and help you decide which one is right for your family. So, which is better: Weetos or Coco Pops? Let’s find out!
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A good way to see the difference between two food products, is by comparing the ingredients. As you can see from the ingredients table below, Weeotos are mainly made from wholegrain wheat whereas the main ingredients of Coco Pops is Rice.
This tells us that Weetos probably have more nutritional benefits than Coco Pops because of the wholegrain element – but we’ll find out exactly what the difference is throughout this article.
Both kinds of cereal have added sugar, salt and cocoa powder to give them a chocolatey flavor and color as well as having various added vitamins and minerals.
|Weetos Ingredients||Coco Pops 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.|
Rice, sugar, glucose syrup, fat-reduced cocoa powder, salt, cocoa mass, barley
malt extract, flavorings. Niacin, iron, vitamin B6, riboflavin, thiamin, folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin B12.
Weetos Vs. Coco Pops Nutritional Comparison
Moving onto the nutritional comparison and to keep things fair and accurate, this will be based on a weight-for-weight comparison per 30g of cereal.
To confirm, the products and brands that I’ll be comparing are Weetos which are produced by The Weetabix Food Company and Kellogg’s brand Coco Pops.
Best for Calorie Content
Weetos and Coco Pops are pretty similar when it comes to calorie content, however Weetos are slightly lower in calories per serving at 112kcal compared to Coco Pops which contain 116kcal.
|Cereal Type||Calories Per 30g Serving|
Best for Carbohydrate Content
Because breakfast cereals are generally made from grain, rice or corn, they’re not a low-carbohydrate breakfast option, but if you need to know which is the lower of the two, it’s Weetos with 2g less carbs per serving compared to Coco Pops.
|Cereal Type||Carbohydrates Per 30g Serving|
Best for Sugar Content
Most breakfast cereals have a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to sugar content, even if they’re marketed as a healthy choice.
Weetos and Coco Pops contain fairly similar amounts of sugar and both are pretty high in sugar too, (but they’re not the worst compared to others I’ve looked at). Of the two Weetos are slightly higher in sugar than Coco Pops, however, both contain just over a teaspoon of sugar per serving.
|Cereal Type||Sugars Per 30g Serving|
Best for Protein Content
Neither Weetos nor Coco Pops are particularly high in protein, but of the two Weetos contain 1.3g more protein per 30g serving.
|Cereal Type||Protein Per 30g Serving|
Best for Fat Content
Weetos and Coco Pops are both very low-fat breakfast cereal options with both containing only 0.6g of fat per serving. Weetos contain 0.1g more saturated fat than Coco Pops, which is a nominal amount, so I’m making them joint winners in the fat content category.
|Cereal Type||Fat Per 30g||Of Which is Saturated Fat|
Best for Fiber Content
A high-fiber cereal contains 5g or more fiber per serving, so neither Weetos nor Coco Pops can be classed as high fiber, but of the two, Weetos are the better option with 1g more dietary fiber per 30g serving than coco pops.
|Cereal Type||Dietary Fibre per 30g Serving|
Best for Sodium/Salt Content
Weetos and Coco Pops both have a small amount of salt added to the ingredients, neither are high in salt, but if this is a consideration for you, of the two Coco Pops contain more salt per serving than Weetos.
|Cereal Type||Sodium/Salt per 30g Serving|
Best for Vitamins/Minerals
Both kinds of cereal have added vitamins and minerals making them fortified cereals, of the two, Weetos contain slightly higher amounts and have the addition of iron which Coco Pops do not.
The table below shows the differences between the two when it comes to vitamins and minerals along with the recommended reference intake percentage (where available).
|Vitamin/Mineral Type||Weetos Amount Per Serving/Reference Intake %||Coco Pops Amount Per Serving/Reference Intake %|
|Vitamin D||1.3 mcg||2.5mcg / 50%|
|Thiamin (B1)||0.28mg / 25%||0.27mg / 25%|
|Riboflavin (B2)||0.36mg / 25%||0.36mg / 25%|
|Vitamin B6||0.36mg / 25%||0.36mg / 25%|
|Vitamin B12||0.63mcg / 25%||0.63mcg / 25%|
|Niacin||4.2mg / 25%||4mg / 25%|
|Folic Acid||51mcg||49.8mcg / 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 broader opinion.
Please help us by voting for your favorite – Weetos or Coco Pops, and once you vote, the winner so far will be revealed (no personal information required to vote).
Best for Price
Because Weetos and Coco Pops are sold in different box sizes and Coco Pops have more pack sizes, I’ve made a cost comparison per 100g of cereal.
Below are the current (at the time of writing) average prices per cereal per box and per 100g:
- Weetos 500g box = £2.50 / 100g = £0.50
- Coco Pops 720g box = £3.50 / 100g = £0.49
- Coco Pops 480g box = £3.00 / 100g = £0.62
- Coco Pops 350g box = £2.50 / 100g = £0.72
Based on this information, it’s not easy to compare the two when it comes to price because there’s more Coco Pops box sizes. Weetos cost 50p per 100g, compared to Coco Pops which cost from 49-72p per 100g, so without more Weetos packs I can’t confirm a clear winner.
Overall Winner & Conclusion
So all nutritional categories have now been compared and I can reveal the winner of the contest between Weetos and Coco Pops is – Weetos.
Weetos came best in the most nutritional categories, including best for the least calories, carbs and salt, while having the more fiber, vitamins and minerals when compared to Coco Pops.
It’s important to note, both cereals are pretty similar in most categories and Coco Pops came out best for sugar too.
Hopefully the data in this article can help you make an informed decision on which cereal is best for you and your family.
|Comparison Category||Winner (Weetos or Coco Pops)|
|Best for Calorie Content||Weetos|
|Best for Carbohydrate Content||Weetos|
|Best for Sugar Content||Coco Pops|
|Best for Protein Content||Weetos|
|Best for Fat Content||Joint Winners|
|Best for Fiber Content||Weetos|
|Best for Salt Content||Weetos|
|Best for Vitamins/Minerals||Weetos|
|Best for Price||Unclear|
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: