Expensive Muesli Isn’t Necessarily Any Better For You

Expensive Muesli Isn’t Necessarily Any Better For You

Muesli often looks healthy because of all the grains and fruit, but you may be kidding yourself about its nutritional value, especially if you’re paying for a premium variety. Choice tested 159 varieties of muesli and discovered that bargain-basement brands offer just as much nutritional value as some of their pricier counterparts.

The site offers summaries of options if you want a lower-fat, lower-sugar or higher-fibre choice, but if you’re after a generally well-balanced choice, the bargain Home Brand, Coles and Black & Gold options are just as good a choice. Home Brand muesli was my breakfast of choice back when I did Mastercheap, and I’ve stuck with it ever since, so it’s good to be reassured that it’s not a nutritional disaster.

Pricey brands can also have interesting secrets: Choice notes that boutique brand The Muesli has 37% fat content, which is more than a Quarter Pounder, though it’s healthier unsaturated fat so the comparison isn’t entirely relevant. Hit the full review for much more on choosing the right muesli for you.



  • There’s a lot of these home brand items,… Oats, Rice, Salt, Sugar etc, that are going to be cheaper and not be any different to the name brands,… However! when they produce home brand items, they are under cutting their own suppliers! It’s been mentioned before I know, but I really think this sort of nonsense should be nipped in the bud before the named suppliers can no longer compete, and either die off or start to produce crap. When the big brands have reduced their suppliers to rubbish, then where will they get their supplies? It’s all about the stock holders man, nothing else matters! #[

  • I agree withe EckyThump.

    In general businesses are there to make money ! (Surprise)

    Even when it “looks” like they are doing something good, always be cautious.

    They are very good at dangling the carrot to make you run.

  • I find it odd that people complain about home brands undercutting the competition for manufacturers of the same product, getting upset that the competition will be wiped out.
    Then they state that companies who cry poor because they have brick and mortar stores should price more competitively to beat out online competiton.

    Why not apply the logic of the latter to the issue of the former?
    Why shouldn’t Carman’s price more competitively to undercut the Coles home brand museli, or reconfigure their business model to reach their customer base outside of the supermarkets who dictate the pricing on the consumer’s end?

    • Yeah,.. I don’t think your taking into consideration the choke-hold grip the big two have on the market! Smaller brands are fighting to stay afloat because they can’t compete with Woollies and Coles pricing model! #}

    • It’s not the competion that i care about, it’s the farmer. The big 2 run at a loss, or force farmers to sell produce for less in order for the big 2 to cut out competition.

  • I know someone who used to complain that the home brand sugar doesn’t dissolve in a cup of tea as well as the more expensive brands…

    Go figure…!!??

  • Kenmore consistently ranks among the top 5 of good, reblliae washing machines. That being said, I have a Kenmore H3 front loader and I’m not all that excited about it. Its water efficient, but I really don’t think my clothes get as clean as they did with my top loader. I like the front loader, it handles much larger loads and is much gentler on my clothing, but the High Efficiency part sort of sucks! I have personally owned 3 Kenmore washers and had no problems with them .I just wore them out. My mom also is a big Kemore fan, she has owned several and has had no problems with any of them. If I were to buy a new washer today, I would go for another Kenmore, but bypass the high efficiency ones. I know, not very Green or Eco Friendly.

  • We used to purchase Carman’s every week.
    That was until a family member bit onto a small hard stone whilst eating the muesli.
    It was definitely not a fruit stone, it was a small stone just like the very small ones sometimes found on a footpath.
    We no longer purchase their products not only because we don’t appreciate finding foreign
    objects in our food, but also due to their defensive, evasive, brick walling and antagonistic
    attitude when we contacted them.
    They did actually admit that when this has happened in the past, what they require the customer to do is to post the object to them so that they can further investigate.
    So Hiro pretty much summed it up.
    “In business to make money” and it appears in this case without much accountability or integrity. Wonder if the “laisser faire” attitude would have prevailed if a young child got
    the stone stuck in their throat whilst eating their muesli.
    O’h, I forgot to mention, I think they said something about sending some free goods.
    I wouldn’t give it to my dog if I had one.
    Anyway organic muesli can be purchased at a similar price and with some brands, cheaper
    than Carman’s.
    Minus all the chemicals.

  • With regards to the comment I submitted.
    Why would you need to moderate the truth? That’s exactly what happened.
    Perhaps if more people spoke up and weren’t so afraid to state the facts, for
    fear of whatever, we just might end up with a better and more authentic society.

    Kind regards,


    • Hi Margrette, all comments submitted by guest users and new accounts must be approved by a moderator, so it will usually take a bit of time for your comment to go through out of office hours.

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