Tasty and Healthy Breakfast Cereals

Published 08/09 2013 10:01AM

Updated 08/09 2013 10:15AM

When it comes to eating healthy, a diet rich in fiber is right at the top of the list.

Fiber can help control your appetite and weight  -- and may even help lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

But, most adults don't get enough fiber..... so Consumer Reports says one convenient fix is the breakfast cereal you pick.

High-fiber cereals have come a long way.
"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.

"But name-brand cereals can be expensive. We found two very tasty storebrands that are Consumer Reports best buys."

One, Market Pantry Frosted Shredded Wheat from tTrget, 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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