Rating the best tasting health cereal

April 1, 2008 7:49:13 AM PDT
You may have heard that cereals high in fiber are good for you. But perhaps you've stayed away from them fearing the taste might be as appetizing as cardboard. 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney has two recommendations from Good Housekeeping you may be able to stomach.

"This cereal didn't look or taste like food," said a taste tester.

"This cereal just tasted like mushed up paper," said a taste tester.

Those are two common complaints about many nutritional cereals. But don't fret. Nutrition experts and taste testers found two cereals they could both approve.

"We need at least 25 grams of fiber a day. So starting at breakfast with a bowl of cereal that has at least 5 grams is a good way to start," said Delia Hammock, Nutritionist, Good Housekeeping Institute.

Tasters found just that in Kashi 7 Whole Grain Flakes.

"This was my favorite. It tasted like a healthy cereal. It had a nice grain flavor, and it was crisp, but it wasn't hard," said Sharon Franke, tester.

"I think it would be really good with bananas or some kind of fresh fruit," said Laura Hah, tester.

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

In general, look for cereals with under 16 grams of sugar per serving if they have dried fruit. Limit yourself to 8 grams in cereals without dried fruit. Coming in second place in the blind taste test was Nature's Path Optimum Power Breakfast. It has 44 percent of your daily fiber needs.

"Nature's path has these little freeze-dried organic blueberries, which are not only very delicious, but also very rich in antioxidants," said Samantha Seneviratne, taste test coordinator.

Look for cereals with "Whole Grains" listed as the first ingredient on the box's nutrition panel.