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Best cereals that are cheap, healthy and tasty - Consumer Reports

September 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A diet rich in fiber can help control your appetite and weight. It may even help lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

While most adults don't get enough fiber, a good source can come from breakfast cereal. Consumer Reports tested 26 brands and has found the best cereal options that are tasty, healthy and affordable.

High-fiber cereals have come a long way, according to Consumer Reports' Amy Keating.

"Our first tests, 14 years ago, found that many of the fiber-rich cereals tasted more like straw than grain," she said.

But in the test of 26 cereals, mostly high in fiber, more than two-thirds tasted very good.

Bear Naked Fruit and Nut Granola rated excellent, but its overall nutrition rating is only fair, and it has just two grams of fiber per serving.

"Granolas are often thought of as a healthful choice, but they're among the highest in fat and calories, so just be careful how much you pour," said Keating.

There were four cereals that were very tasty and have a lot more fiber: Kellogg's All-Bran Original, with 10 grams of fiber; Post Shredded Wheat Wheat 'n Bran, with 9 grams; Post Grape-Nuts the Original, with 7 grams; and Post Shredded Wheat Original, with 6 grams of fiber.

"But name-brand cereals can be expensive. We found two very tasty store-brands that are Consumer Reports Best Buys," said Keating.

The first is Market Pantry Frosted Shredded Wheat from Target. It's sweet, with a toasted-wheat flavor. It delivers six grams of fiber.

The second is Great Value Raisin Bran from Wal-Mart, and it has a little more fiber. In milk the flakes lost some crunch but didn't become soggy, even after two minutes.

Either is a great, healthy way to start your day.

Most of the suggested Consumer Report cereals will get you well on your way for your daily recommended amount of fiber. For women, that's 25 grams, while men need 38.


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