July 2009 Issue

High-Fiber Cereals: Still a Very Smart Health Move

Fiber has an image problem. It’s not trendy like omega-3 fats or phytonutrients. Chances are, unless you’re irregular, you don’t even think about it. You should. Most Americans get only about 15 grams of dietary fiber a day—not even close to the recommended 25 and 38 grams for women and men, respectively, up to age 50. After age 50, men should strive for 30 grams a day, women for 21 grams daily. To get that much fiber, a daily bowl of high-fiber cereal is almost a must. While most of the cereals we found deliver between 5 and 10 grams per serving, a few boast up to 14 grams per bowl—enough to make a significant contribution to your daily fiber tally.

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