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Which fiber cereals have the best taste?

November 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
How about a nice bowl of high fiber cereal to start your day? Consumer Reports 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 different cereals, looking for ones you might actually want to eat.

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 2,000 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 Consumer Reports' Ellen Klosz.

Cascadian Farm Organic Hearty Morning Fiber tasted stale and chalky. And it's one of the more expensive cereals tested.

"Cereals with artificial sweeteners weren't that tasty, either," said Klosz.

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

Consumer Reports says another high fiber cereal to try is Wal-Mart's Great Value Raisin Bran. It was the least expensive cereal to get a very good rating.


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