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Good Housekeeping: Fiber Cereal Taste Test

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A fiber-rich cereal breakfast can fuel your body and lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease. "We need at least 25 grams of fiber a day," said Delia Hammock, a Nutritionist at the Good Housekeeping Institute. "So starting at breakfast with a bowl of cereal that has at least five grams is a good way to start. The problem is, there are so many high fiver cereals on the market now. So which one to buy?"

Good Housekeeping asked volunteers to taste-test 16 high-fiber cereals. Not all were winners. "This cereal did not look or taste like food," one tester revealed. Another tester declared, "This cereal tasted like mushed up paper."

But, overall, tasters found Kashi 7 Whole Grain Flakes (Kashi, $3.70) delicious and pleasantly wheaty "This was my favorite," tester Sharon Franke said. "It tasted like a healthy cereal. It had a nice grain flavor and it was crisp, but it wasn't hard."

Tester Laura Hahn agreed: "I think it would be really good with bananas or some kind of fresh fruit."

"Nutritionally, Kashi is a great choice. It only has 180 calories for a full cup, but it's low in sugar, it's high in fiber and it even has a good dose of protein," Hammock said.

And a serving of Good Housekeeping's 2nd place winner"Nature's Path Optimum Power Breakfast (Nature's Path, $3.50)"meets 44% of your daily fiber needs.

"Nature's path has these little freeze-dried organic blueberries, which are not only very delicious," Good Housekeeping Taste Test Coordinator Samantha Seneviratne explains, "but also very rich in antioxidants."

Good Housekeeping says: stick with cereals with under 16 grams of sugar per serving if they have dried fruit and 8 grams of sugar if they don't. Four grams of sugar is the same as one teaspoon.

And Good Housekeeping says when you're shopping the cereal aisles, look to see that "whole grains" are listed as the first ingredient on the box's nutrition panel.

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For more information, visit www.goodhousekeeping.com or check out the April 2008 issue of Good Housekeeping.

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