Tasty high-fiber cereals

October 26, 2009 5:08:45 AM PDT
A healthy breakfast of high-fiber cereal may not sound like the tastiest way to start your day. But take heart -- Consumer Reports has just tested high-fiber cereals to see if at long last, flavor AND fiber CAN go together. High-fiber cereals on store shelves come in all sorts of shapes -- flakes, twigs and clusters. But getting people to eat these cereals can be a challenge.

Don't dump the idea of a high-fiber cereal just yet! Consumer Reports tested 18, looking for ones you might actually want to eat. But first, why should you look for a high-fiber cereal?

"Most Americans should double their intake of fiber, because it can help control appetite and weight and also help reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes," said Dr. Orly Avitzur, Consumer Reports.

For a two thousand calorie diet, 28 grams of fiber are recommended. Per serving, the cereals tested have 25 to 50 percent of the daily recommended amount. Now how about taste?

"When we first tested high fiber cereals, we found some of them tasted like straw," said Ellen Klosz Consumer Reports

Even today a couple weren't great. This Cascadian Farm tasted stale and chalky. And, it's one of the more expensive cereals tested.

"And cereals with artificial sweeteners weren't that tasty, either," said Kosz.

But testers found an excellent choice -- Kirkland Signature's Spiced Pecan from Costco. And if you want a low-sugar cereal, a very good choice is Post's Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Wheat'n Bran.

So, no more excuses!

Consumer Reports says another high-fiber cereal to try is Walmart's Great Value Raisin Bran. It was the least expensive cereal that rated very good.

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