I’ve never been a big fan of cold cereals, but recently, my doctor suggested I start trying to up my fiber. While he recommended Raisin Bran, I’m really not a fan of bran products, so I started looking for alternatives. I picked up a box of Mom’s Best Naturals Sweetened Wheat-fuls on a whim – they had slightly more fiber (6 grams) than Total Raisin Bran (5 grams), at a cheaper price – around $1.80, compared to the $2.00+ price of Raisin Bran.
Mom’s Best Naturals Sweetened Wheat-fuls are basically the same thing as Frosted Mini-Wheats – small rectangular chunks of shredded wheat bound together and glazed with a bit of tasty sugar on one side. That little bit of sugar adds a lot of flavor to what would otherwise be a very bland cereal, but surprisingly, Sweetened Wheat-fuls have less sugar per serving than a bowl of Raisin Bran. It’s also got less sodium, which is good for anyone, like me, who has problems with high blood pressure.
At 210 calories per serving, Sweetened Wheat-fuls have a handful more calories than other less-sugary cereals, but not quite as many some sugar-packed kid cereals – it’s a decent calorie count for most people, but if you’re really trying to lose weight, you might want to stick to a healthier cereal (Total Raisin Bran has 160 calories per serving.) That said, each serving does have 5 grams of protein, which can prevent you from getting hungry and reduce your urge to snack between meals.
This particular Mom’s Best Naturals cereal doesn’t offer the wealth of vitamins and minerals that some other cereals provide – nothing over 15% daily value. Compare that to Raisin Bran, which provides 100% of the daily recommended values for 11 different vitamins and minerals, and you’ll want to make sure you’re getting those vitamins from other sources – either other foods, or a daily multi-vitamin.
One of the things I like best about Mom’s Best Naturals is their commitment to natural foods – you won’t find any chemical preservatives or colorings, and they don’t use substances like high fructose corn syrup. Even better, their production centers use renewable energy and employ recycling and waste reduction tactics.
If you’re looking for a tasty, mostly-healthy cereal at a good price, you really can’t go wrong with Mom’s Best Naturals Sweetened Wheat-fuls.