Consumer Reports has just tested high-fiber cereals to see if at long last, flavor and fiber can go together.
"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 2 diabetes." said Consumer Reports Dr. Orly Avitzur.
For a 2,000 calorie diet, 28 grams of fiber are recommended. Per serving, the cereals tested have 25-50% of the daily recommended amount.
Now how about taste?
"When we first tested high fiber cereals, we found some of them tasted like straw." said Ellen Klosz of Consumer Reports.
Even today, a couple weren't great.
The Cascadian Farm tasted stale and chalky.
And it's one of the more expensive of the 18 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 low-sugar cereal, a very good choice is Post's Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Wheat'n Bran.
Consumer Reports says another high-fiber cereal to try is Walmart's Great Value Raisin Bran.
It was the least expensive cereal that rated very good.