Cereal smack down: Kashi cereals vs. Fiber One Raisin Bran
Posted Jul 17 2007 12:00am
Here were our contenders for the Kashi vs. Fiber One smackdown (from top left, going clockwise):
Taste My four-year-daughter Lucie (aka "Boo Girl") and I sat down and sampled three Kashi cereals and General Mills' new Fiber One Raisin Bran Clusters. We did not try the cereals with milk - Lucie likes her cereal dry and crunchy. Fine with me.
Based on taste alone, Lucie liked the Kashi Go Lean Crunch. I preferred the Fiber One Raisin Bran Clusters. Both were yummy, but Fiber One has a maple syrup flavor that won me over. I liked the added raisins, too. Kashi Go Lean was pretty good, but Kashi Puffs are pretty boring. You'll need honey, milk, yogurt and/or fruit to dress it up.
Nutrition All the cereals have their strengths and weaknesses, and should be evaulated on what's important to you - calories, fiber, natural ingredients, etc. (Click on the cereal name for nutritional details.)
Kashi Go Lean Crunch has 190 calories per cup, the highest count of the group. It has 3 g of fat per serving, 8 g fiber, 36 g of carbs, 13 g of sugar, and 9 g of fiber. The cereal uses evaporated cane juice and brown rice syrup as sweetners.
Fiber One Raisin Bran Clusters has the least wholesome ingredients. It uses sugar, brown sugar and corn syrup as sweetners and has 45 g of carbs and 13 g sugars per cup. It also has 170 calories, 1 g fat, 11 g fiber and 4 g proteins per serving. It is also fortified with vitamins.
Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs is the low calorie winner. It has only 70 calories and .5 g of fat per cup. However, it only 1 g of fiber and 2 g of protein. It has no added vitamins/minerals. It has only 15 g of carbs and 0 g of sugars, but you'll add to that dressing it up to give it taste. No weird ingredients, just grains and rice.
Kashi Go Lean has 140 calories per cup. It has 1 g of fat per serving, 10 g fiber, 30 g of carbs, 6 g of sugar, and 10 g of fiber. The cereal uses evaporated cane juice and syrup as sweetners.
Our winner is Kashi Go Lean had the best compromise between taste, fiber, wholesome ingredients, fat and calories. While Fiber One was tastier and had more vitamins, I don't need the sugar and corn syrup in my diet.
Our runner up is Kashi Go Lean Crunch. It's a great cereal for Lucie to snack on. The extra calories and fat aren't a problem for her - she's trying to gain a few more pounds (and inches) so she can get into a booster seat like her big brother.