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Imagine that you are in the breakfast foods aisle at the supermarket, searching the shelves for a healthy cereal. Then you notice a cereal that is rich in fibre, hence the name Fibre One. You know that fibre is good for your digestive system so you put the Nestle Fibre 1 cereal in your trolley. But then you notice that Kelloggs also makes a cereal that is rich in fibre called All-Bran. Do you take the Fibre 1 out of the trolley and replace it with All-Bran? The answer is in the nutritional information listed on the side of each box.
If you are looking for the cereal with the lower sodium content, you want All-Bran cereal. Sixty g (1/2 cup) of Fibre 1 cereal has 105 mg (0.0037 oz) of sodium, while All-Bran only has 80 mg (0.0028 oz).
Ingesting large amounts of saturated fat and trans fat can cause high cholesterol, but luckily, neither of these cereals will have a negative impact on your cholesterol. Both All-Bran and Fibre 1 contain zero grams of saturated fat and zero grams of trans fat.
Dr. Sears, a celebrated author and an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, says that a healthy cereal will contain less than five grams (0.176 oz) of sugar. While Fibre 1 fits into that category with zero grams of sugar per serving, All-Bran cereal has 6 grams (0.212 oz) of sugar per serving.
According to the George Mateljan Foundation, potassium is important for muscle function and helps to keep your blood pressure at normal levels. All-Bran cereal has nearly twice as much potassium than Fibre 1.
Both of these cereals are high in fibre, but Fibre 1 has almost 50 per cent more fibre than All-Bran. Fibre 1 has an incredible 14 g (0.49 oz) of fibre per serving, while All-Bran has just 10 g (0.35 oz).
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