08 July, 2011
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Fiber One Cereal and Weight Loss
Fiber One cereal isn’t defined as a diet or weight-loss food, but its nutritional profile makes it well suited to act as one. The cereal is low in calories, makes for a healthy breakfast option and can help people curb their hunger and total calorie consumption to achieve better weight-loss results.
The original variety of Fiber One cereal satisfies more than 50 percent of an average adult’s daily requirement for dietary fiber, which can act as a natural weight-loss aid. According to MayoClinic.com, fiber-rich foods take longer to digest and chew, so they may trigger fullness signals sooner and help the body remain full for longer. High-fiber foods also help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels and keep the digestive system running smoothly.
Fiber One’s power to help people lose weight may also have to do with its primary role as a breakfast food. MayoClinic.com states that people who skip breakfast are at a greater risk for obesity, but people who eat the meal regularly tend to make healthier eating choices, be more physically active and weigh less. Because people eat Fiber One in the morning, it can help activate metabolism right away and reduce cravings and hunger as the day progresses.
A half-cup serving of the original Fiber One cereal has 60 calories, 105 mg sodium, no sugar and a negligible amount of fat, making it a much lighter option than most other breakfast cereals on the market. One serving has 25 g carbohydrates, about 14 g fiber and 2 g protein. The cereal is fortified with several vitamins and minerals, including iron, thiamin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. When served with milk, the total meal’s nutritional content changes.
The most intuitive way to incorporate Fiber One into a healthy eating plan is to just have it for breakfast with milk. You can also add fresh fruit, such as a handful of berries, to the bowl of cereal. However, there are plenty of other ways to use Fiber One and boost your daily fiber intake even more. One option is to grind or process the cereal into powder, which you can add to batters for baked goods or pancakes. Fiber One also adds crunch as a green salad topping or fruit salad garnish, and it adds extra nutrients and minimal calories to granola and yogurt parfaits.
The alternate varieties of Fiber One cereal include Honey Clusters, Raisin Bran Clusters, Caramel Delight and Shredded Wheat, and none of them have quite as much fiber or as few calories as the original version, so they may not be as helpful for weight loss. The healthiest weight-loss results come through a plan that calls for a balanced and varied diet and includes daily servings of nonfat dairy, lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables and fruits, as MyPyramid.gov recommends. Before adopting any new dietary regimen, speak with your physician.
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