The answer may surprise you.
The Irish fruit loop has long been known as a “natural” alternative to the high-fat, sugar-laden fruit loops that are widely used in the UK.
But a recent review of scientific literature suggests that many of the fruits that have been studied in this way are not good for you.
The review by researchers at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Warwick suggests that some of the fruit loops contain ingredients that may be toxic to humans, and in some cases even harmful.
It found that fruit loops are “in some cases, actually associated with increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease”.
“The majority of fruits have a low glycemic index and the majority of the fibre is bioavailable,” Professor Simon Dix, from Trinity College, told The Irish News.
“The problem is that there are some of these loops that can actually increase the risk of weight gain and obesity.”
Dr Dix and his colleagues examined the consumption habits of a random sample of people from the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States.
They analysed the intake of different fruit loops and then assessed how much of each fruit they consumed.
They found that the majority contained ingredients that could have been harmful.
Among the fruits studied, only three were considered good for us: grapes, plums and figs.
“Most of the grapes are in the same range as the other fruit loops, and are good for the body, but they are not considered to be good for human health,” Professor Dix said.
The fruit loops were also not linked to lower risk of cancer.
The study also looked at the relationship between fruit loops eaten at a dinner party and the consumption of fruit loops.
Dr Digster and his team found that while a higher consumption of the loop may have an effect on weight, it was unlikely to have a significant impact on the risk factors for obesity or diabetes.
“It is possible that some foods in the loop could be better for us than others,” Dr Dix told The Independent.
“In terms of diet, I think it is really important to keep our intake of food to a reasonable level.”
The fruit loop is not without its critics.
The fruit loop, and other fruit loop recipes, are typically made with sugar, fat and other unhealthy ingredients, such as artificial flavours.
Professor Dix’s team suggested that this could be reduced if the loops are served in a low fat or calorie-free recipe.
He also warned that people who choose to eat a lot of fruit should also be aware that the loops contain high amounts of sugar.
“In the end, the majority is a low sugar and high fibre food,” Dr David Kavanagh, from the University College London, told the BBC.
“The high sugar and fibre content of the loops is a problem in terms of reducing the risk and promoting weight loss, but there are certain ingredients that can increase the chance of obesity and diabetes.”
In a review of fruit loop research, Professor Dighan suggested that more research was needed to explore whether the fruit loop can help with weight loss.
“This is something that is still very much in its infancy,” he said.
“As we move towards a society where we are increasingly relying on food from restaurants, this will have an impact on weight management.”