Best High-Fiber Cereal

October 20, 2009 7:38:57 PM PDT
A healthy breakfast of high-fiber cereal may not sound like the tastiest way to start your day.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?

Consumer Reports Dr. Orly Avitzur said, "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 two diabetes."

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 fiber. Now how about taste?

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

Even today a couple weren't great. 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 Klosz.

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 suggests another high-fiber cereal to try is Wal-Mart's Great Value Raisin Bran. It was the least expensive cereal that rated very well.

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