The very first review!
I was actually in search of Fiber One cereal after reading about the whopping amount of fiber it contains (24 grams!) and its other great nutritional statistics. But I couldn't find it anywhere, so this Weetabix Crunchy Bran cereal came next in the fiber rankings.
(By the way, if anyone knows where I can get my hands on a box of Fiber One, do let me know and I'll review it there and then!)
I had just finished a box of Weetabix Chocolate, which began as a mission to finish the box my dad had bought but hadn't touched, and ended up growing on me to the point where I was sad that it finished. So I was happy to try another Weetabix product.
Let’s start with the nutrition: this cereal is quite good on that front. Each 40g serving has 8g of fiber, as opposed to most bran cereals which offer between 4 and 6 grams of fiber per serving.
Its carbohydrate content (23g per serving) is more like that of the sugary cereals, and about 20 grams less than most other bran or oat cereals. If you're trying to steer away from carbs, this is a good thing. But if you want more quick energy, then it's not the maximum available.
The fat content, 1.4g, is about average with some flaky cereals having o-o.5 grams, many having 1 gram, some having 1.5 grams and some going as high as 3 grams. However the majority of the other bran and wheat cereals contain between 0.5 and 1 gram of fat.
At 4.8 grams of sugar, Weetabix Crunchy Bran scores pretty well as it's beaten by only a few cereals. However it could be better, because a lot of bran cereals manage to have just 3, 2 or even 0 grams of sugar.
At first it seems a little higher in calories than other cereals, but only marginally and there are plenty of cereals that have close to double the calorie content. Plus, most of it is fibre and there is no trans fat.
Now on to taste. At first, this cereal seemed a little odd. It tasted like a wholegrain version of Cheerios, except somewhat more bland. It has a decent amount of crunch and it soaks up milk without getting mushy too soon (I HATE mushy cereal. I finish my bowl within a couple of minutes because I won't eat it soggy). I didn't add much sugar, but I think that if you want it to taste better, you really should add some sugar, honey, (natural) maple syrup, fruits, sweetened yoghurt etc. I got accustomed to the taste and didn't really mind it at the end.
If you want a sweet, flavourful cereal, Weetabix Crunchy Bran isn't your best choice. If you're looking for something really healthy and fiber-loaded, it is the best option in India. But in the US or the UK there are better brands to try, like Fiber One or Kashi's Golean Cereal.
If you want a mix and don't mind the extra calories from a sweetener, then try this with one of the topping options I gave above.
If any of you try Weetabix Crunchy Bran, leave a comment and tell me what you thought!