ProNutro by Bokomo: Delicious, nutritious, balanced protein

by Attie Steyn

Those of us who have been fortunate to grow up with ProNutro cereal in the home, will still remember the little picture of a bowl of ProNutro, an equals sign, and then some eggs and bacon and I can't remember what else.

Is this still on the ProNutro box?

Yep. In a new form, here it is:

With this they are saying one bowl of ProNutro is a three course breakfast in one. 50g bowl ProNutro + 200ml milk has comparable macronutrient values as half a grapefruit + small bowl of oats with milk + egg & 1 rasher & slice of toast with butter.

Let's have a look at what else they tell us on the box of this very popular breakfast food, enjoyed by millions of South Africans and craved by thousands more who emigrated to the UK and will probably return to South Africa just to eat ProNutro again:

"Our story began in 1937 when Dr. Fox of the Medical Research Institute of Johannesburg identified a need for a high quality protein food to serve the country which was stricken with malnutrition due to consumption of too much carbohydrates with little to no protein.

After 25 years of research with 828 doctors his passion and commitment finally paid off.

On 9 November 1962 ProNutro was introduced to South Africa.

it didn't take long for this tasty, conventient, balanced food to become a family favourite.

ProNutro became the first choice for people who needed energy, be it on the sports field, at school or in the office.

Demand continues to grow and from its humble origins of Lindley Mill in the Orange Free State, ProNutro is still one of South Africa's leading cereal brands."

ProNutro contains 100% balanced protein. It is high in protein, high in 13 vitamins, high in 5 minerals and high in energy.

ProNutro offers a single food breakfast option that provides you with a host of essential nutrients to help you start your day with energy.

What is it that makes ProNutro so special?

The secret lies in balanced proteins. Whilst proteins are readily available in a wide variety of cereals, their digestibility differs depending on the source of protein and processing method. So although you're eating something that's high in protein, your body may not be able to digest and use all of the protein in it. Not all proteins in foods are balanced for our needs and all food proteins differ in their digestibility.

At ProNutro, the special cooking process improves the protein's digestibility whilst the addition of certain amino acids according to internationally recognised standards balances the protein to match our body's needs.

Proteins are essential for our bodies. They are so fundamental, that if our bodies don't receive sufficient protein intake, we become malnourished.

Every cell in the human body contains protein: skin, muscles, organs and glands.

We need protein to help maintain and repair the body's cells and make new ones.

ProNutro is easy to prepare: Simply add water (ew!!) or milk (yummmmm!!!)


Maize 65%; soya 26%; sugar; chicory; vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, C, D3, E and K; minerals tricalcium phosphate, potassium iodide, electrolitic iron, magnesium oxide, sodium selenite anhydrous, zinc oxide; salt, flavouring and amino acid L-lysine.

Non GMO. Contains allergen: soya