UPDATE: Added entries for FiberOne 80 Honey Squares and FiberPlus Cinnamon Oat Crunch. There’s one other brand I’ve tried. I’ll see if I can track it down to add it.

As most of you know, I have become an evangelist of high-fiber cereal. I believe that this cereal has had an enormous effect on my weight loss (30 pounds in six months and nearly 15 in the ten months since). But all fiber breakfast cereal is not created equal. So below is a list of your options in the order in which I prefer them. They’re not organized by taste as the best tasting option (FiberOne Caramel Delights) is below the worst tasting one (Rat Turds). It’s a combination of health content versus taste. If you don’t like one, try others.

FiberOne Honey Clusters – This has become a staple of my diet. It has just a little bit of sugar (6g per serving), but it’s enough that you don’t have to add sweetener for it to be edible. I often do anyway, though. The texture is flakes. There are 13g of fiber per serving, which amounts to 51% of your daily alotment. I typically eat 2-3 servings per meal, so that comes to well over 100% of my daily alotment of fiber and about 15g or so of sugar. Not ideal, but really not bad. If you’re on a low-carb diet or if you have serious blood-sugar spikes, though, it may have too many carbs for you. Clancy found herself falling back to sleep after eating them, though nothing like that ever happened to me. To me, the Honey Clusters are the best balance of fibery health and minimal sugar. {Score: 46, Taste: 8, Health: 7, Consistency: 8}

FiberOne Honey Squares – It bills itself as being 80 calories and only lists 3 grams of sugar, but that’s largely attributable to (a) smaller serving sizes and (b) lighter texture. The serving is 30g instead of 50g or so, and 3/4 a cup rather than a full cup. Bring those numbers in line and it’s health content is nearly identical to the Honey Clusters. However, the light texture actually means that you are likely to eat less. Taste-wise, these are competitive with the Honey Squares. There is a little bit of a weird aftertaste with these. I’m not sure what that’s all about. Perhaps due in part to the novelty of this new selection, but I find myself gravitating towards these and away from the Honey Clusters. Both are really good, though. The Honey Squares are lower in fiber (10g/40%), but that becomes less of an issue when you account for serving sizes.

Kashi GoLean Original – This may well be the all-around healthiest cereal, though my scoring system places more emphasis on fiber and sugar rather than protein. It has about the same sugar content as F1 Honey Clusters and a little less fiber (10g/srvg), but it also packs in 13g of protein whereas the protein content of Fiber One cereal is minimal. GoLean also tastes the best without sweetener of any of these options. It also has more a variety of shapes and texture than the others. However, it does get soggy quicker than the rest. I personally find that the missing fiber content makes a difference, so it’s not my first choice. Another plus of GoLean is that it is that you don’t even need milk to eat it. On our road trips, I try to make sure to bring GoLean simply because it makes for good, high-fiber snack food. {Score: 46, Taste: 8, Health: 8, Consistency: 6}

FinerOne Caramel Delight – It’s a fibery knock-off of Cinnamon Toast Cruch. Or at least that’s what it tastes like to me. Bar none, this is the tastiest cereal of the group. Like GoLean, it can be eaten independently of milk. Unfortunately, it tasted a little too good and I found that I had difficulty stopping eating it the same way that I have problem with Kids’ breakfast cereal. So it was on the basis of it tasting too good that I had to stop eating it. It has a higher sugar content than the others, as well, with 10g per serving. The missing fiber (9g/35% per serving) also made it overall less satisfying for my digestive system than most of the other options. But seriously, if I had to choose between this stuff and the really sugary breakfast cereal, I’d take this stuff. If you have kids that need a little sweetness, I recommend trying this on them. {Score: 37, Taste: 10, Health: 3, Consistency: 8}

Kellogg’s FiberPlus Cinnamon Oat Crunch – A solid replacement for the FiberOne Caramel delight, if you want some variety. They compare to cheerios in the secular cereal world. The sugar-per-serving content is pretty low (7g), though partially accounted for by defining a “serving” as 3/4 a cup instead of a full cup. On the other hand, the fiber-per-serving (9g/35%) is higher if you eat more of it. There’s a better balance of soluble and insoluble fibers here than in most of the cereals mentioned.

FiberOne Original (aka “The Rat Turds”) – This was the cereal that I tried first and I’m glad that I did. It substantially lowered my expectations of what fiber cereal should taste like. They don’t taste terrible. In fact, with enough sweetener on them, I liked them for the first couple weeks. But day in and day out, I got tired of them pretty quickly. I guess the novelty wore off. The great part of this cereal is that it has no sugar! Chances are, though, that you’re going to want to add some. But even there, you can add as much or as little as you want. What I noticed was that I started having to put more and more sweetener in it to get it to taste okay and then I started adding genuine sugar and then a little more eventually I was losing ground compared to the competitors. However one thing I found this good for was at work. Mindstorm offered free milk and free chocolate milk. Add just a little bit of chocolate milk into the milk and it actually tastes pretty good. Each serving has 14g of fiber, or 57% of your daily alotment. Two servings typically constitutes a meal, so once you eat this, you’re good on fiber for the day. Notably, one serving of this is half the size of a serving of any of the other options. So you don’t have to eat as much and that leaves more servings so you get twice as many meals out of it. Helpfully, F1 separates the content into two bags to keep it from going stale. The “Rat Turds” moniker actually comes from their appearance. They don’t taste like I would imagine actual rat turds to taste. {Score: 42, Taste: 3, Health: 10, Consistency: 8}

Kashi GoLean Crunch – There are actually two variations of this, the main difference being the inclusion of almond slices in one. What’s particularly notable about this line is that the cereal is abnormally chunky. They’re the only ones I’ve tasted that can work as finger food. They also taste good in milk, though, and require no additional sweetener. They taste a little granola-ey. They have about 13g of sugar, which isn’t great, and only 8g of fiber (32%/serving). But like the Caramel Delights, they’re more kid-friendly than the alternatives. Not quite as addictive, though. {Score: 33, Taste: 9, Health: 3, Consistency: 8}

FiberOne Shredded Wheat – If you like shredded wheat, give this a try. I don’t care for SW myself but once it was all that was available at Safeway so I gave it a shot. No surprise, it didn’t do much for me. It has similar health content to the Caramel Delight (12g of sugar instead of 10, same fiber content) but without the great taste. Additional sweetener is optional. {Score: 22, Taste: 6, Health: 2, Consistency: 4}

FiberOne Raisin Bran – I don’t do raisin bran, so I have no idea how it tastes. 11g of fiber (43%) and 13g of sugar per serving.

FiberOne Grape Nuts – Inexplicably, this does not exist. I can’t imagine that adding fiber to grape nuts would affect the taste at all. Come on FiberOne, get to it!


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7 Responses to Hit Coffee Guide To Fiber Cereal

  1. logtar says:

    I seriously wish that I could eat cereal every day, I am just not used to it and have yet to try to break the mental barrier. To me cereal is more of a once in a blue moon type of meal.

  2. DaveinHackensack says:

    Kashi can have pretty quick laxative effect. Same true of FiberOne Honey Clusters? Do you own them after you eat them, or are you just renting them?

  3. DaveinHackensack says:

    OT Trumwill, but did you do the illustrations on this site? If you did, e-mail me. I may have a business proposition for you.

  4. trumwill says:

    Logtar,

    I’m the opposite. I find I either keep eating cereal or forego it entirely. So for the longest time time, I just went without. Finding a cereal that was conducive to eating (less un)healthy was a remarkable event!

  5. trumwill says:

    Dave,

    That’s one of the benefits of fiber! Some are better (or worse, depending on how you look at it) than others. Typically, the higher-fiber the cereal is, the more it pushes stuff through. The first two FiberOne cereals (Honey Clusters and Rat Turds) are substantially better plumbers than the others.

  6. rob says:

    Never eat raisin bran as a comfort food. Trust me on this.

  7. Willard Lake says:

    Though not super high in fiber (only 4g – so 17%), Archer Farm’s Cinnamon Start with Protein is better, in my opinion, to Kashi Go Lean. I ate the latter mainly for the protein source, and I think I’ve found a more than adequate substitute. The flakes stand up to the milk a lot better than the sog inducing bits in the Go Lean. You may want to look at the Archer Farms line to see if they have something worthy of pursuit for you.

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