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Consumer Reports: tasty/healthy cereals

(WMC-TV) - 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 it may even help lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Yet most adults don't get enough fiber.

Consumer Reports said one convenient fix is a good cereal.

High-fiber cereals have come a long way. Consumer Reports' first taste tests 14 years 
ago found many of the fiber-rich cereals tasted more like straw than grain. 

But in the magazine's latest tests of 26 cereals -- most of them high in fiber -- more than two-thirds of them tasted very good.

One even rated "excellent": Bear Naked Fruit and Nut Granola. But its overall nutrition 
rating is only fair. 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.

Much better choices include four cereals that were very tasty and very nutritious—with a 
lot more fiber:

• Kellogg's All-Bran Original, with ten grams of fiber
• Post Shredded Wheat Wheat 'n Bran, nine grams
• Post Grape-Nuts the Original, seven grams
• Post Shredded Wheat Original, six grams

Testers found two tasty store-brands they designated Consumer Reports Best Buys

Market Pantry Frosted Shredded Wheat from Target is sweet, with a toasted wheat flavor. It delivers six grams of fiber. 

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. 

Most of the Consumer Reports suggested cereals get you well on your way to the daily recommended amount of fiber. That's 25 grams for women and 38 for men. 

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