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Cereals 8/19/13

High-fiber cereals have come a long way. Amy Keating "Our first tests, 14 years ago, found that many of the fiber-rich cereals tasted more like straw than grain." But in Consumer Reports latest tests of 26 cereals, mostly high in fiber, more than two-thirds tasted very good. One even rated excellent, Bear Naked Fruit and Nut Granola. 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." Much better -- four cereals that were very tasty and very nutritious -- with 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. Amy Keating "But name-brand cereals can be expensive. We found two very tasty store-brands that are Consumer Reports Best Buys." One, Market Pantry Frosted Shredded Wheat from Target, is sweet, with a toasted-wheat flavor. It delivers six grams of fiber. The second, Great Value Raisin Bran from Walmart, 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. ."

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