Better known for its puffs, pops, flakes and sugary cereals, Kellogg's has never gone into the muesli market. It's copped a lot of criticism for its pre-sweetened cereals aimed at kids and recently for its liquid breakfasts so I was quite surprised to receive a sample of its new High-Fibre Muesli under the better-for-you All-Bran brand which has long held reign as the cereal you reach for when you want the most fibre.
With claims such as “Fibre made easy” and “One-third of your daily fibre in a glass”, this new milk sounds soooo appealing to anyone who hates 'brown' fibrous food like 'branny', chaff-like cereal, smelly cabbage or heavy dark bread. But how does it stack up for real fibre? And what does it taste like? Really.
I’m a fan of beetroot and love it in salads – imagine whole cooked beets tossed through mint leaves, coriander, orange segments, radish and pearl couscous. Yum. And there’s nothing more Aussie than a slice of that purple root peeping out of a burger or steak sandwich. So when I received a sample of the new Love Beets vacuum-sealed, whole cooked, baby beetroots, I had to “give them a go”.
Whole grains shouldn’t be hard work. The two key foods to swap to whole grain are bread and breakfast cereal. These two will give you the biggest bang for your grainy buck so I’ll concentrate of those two here.
Forget white bread and white rice. Whole grains are what we should be eating - something your grandmother would have told you! Eating whole grain foods may help with all sorts of health problems. Personally, I love whole grains as they make me feel full without over-eating which makes it easier to manage my weight without dieting but if you want some really compelling reasons to switch keep reading.
Muesli, aka granola, is a great example of a once-hippy alternative breakfast food that’s made the transition from health food stores into mainstream supermarkets. I’m pleased as nutritionally it ticks a lot of boxes for me and is a great way to sneak things into your diet that you’d otherwise struggle to eat. Muesli is one of those fab foods that are easy to make your own or ‘enhance’ the store-bought ones as I explain here…
Until recently nutritionists believed that the starch from cereals, breads, pasta and potatoes was completely broken down and absorbed from the small intestine - that's the uppermost part of the bowel just after the stomach and is where most of our digestion occurs. Dietary fibre was the only food component that was believed to enter the large intestine.
A.All types of bran are concentrated sources of fibre, being the outer fibrous layers of a grain. They are all useful but act in different ways in the body. At over 40 per cent fibre, wheat bran has the highest fibre content and is rich in insoluble fibre. It is a good choice for a healthy digestive system and is best at preventing constipation.