08 July, 2011
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Raisin Bran Cereal Ingredients
Kelloggs brand products are made in 18 countries and sold all over the world. In addition to baking products, beverages, cookies, crackers, and fruit snacks, Kelloggs currently produces 57 different varieties of cereals. Made from whole grains, raisins and sugar, Raisin Bran cereal can be a high fiber addition to a healthy diet.
Top Five Ingredients
The FDA states that the ingredients on a product's food label must be listed in descending order of predominance. The first ingredient in Raisin Bran cereal is whole grain wheat. This means that the product contains more whole grain wheat than any of the other ingredients listed. In addition to whole grain wheat, Raisin Bran also contains raisins, wheat bran, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. While there is controversy regarding the safety of high fructose corn syrup, MayoClinic.com notes that there is not enough research at this time to say that high fructose corn syrup is any worse for you than other types of sugars.
A serving of Raisin Bran cereal meets 25 percent of your daily value of six different B vitamins. The cereal is made with added thiamin, riboflavin, B6, B-12, niacinamide, and folic acid. B vitamins are needed to obtain and use energy from the diet; they are also needed in the formation of red blood cells. While B vitamins are found in foods such as meats, eggs, and dairy, many cereals like Raisin Bran are fortified with B vitamins to help meet daily B vitamin needs and prevent deficiency-related diseases like anemia.
Other Vitamins and Minerals
In addition to B vitamins, Raisin Bran cereal also contains vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc and iron. A serving of the cereal meets 10 percent of your daily zinc, vitamin A and vitamin D requirements, along with 25 percent of your daily iron needs. The vitamin D contained in Raisin Bran helps the body absorb and use the calcium in the milk that you add to your cereal. Together, vitamin D and calcium work to maintain strong bones. Vitamin D is also important for nerve, muscle, and immune system health.
Additional Flavorings and Sweeteners
For added flavor and sweetness, Raisin Bran cereal is also made with salt, malt flavoring and invert sugars. Food.com states that invert sugar is a sweetener that is made by heating table sugar and adding a small amount of acid. This causes the sucrose to break down into glucose and fructose, resulting in smaller sugar crystals. The smaller crystals dissolve more quickly and help to create a smoother product.
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