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Why buy this cereal?
All-Bran is one that I normally buy when I am dieting, mainly because it is low in fat (1g per bowl) and calories (120Kcal in 31g cereal and half cup skimmed milk). Also it has a high fiber content (40% of your recommended daily intake) , which can aid digestion, lower cholesterol, and control blood sugar levels . Not only that but it contains lots of added vitamins and minerals too:
How does it taste and what do you eat it with?
All bran original is shaped in little sticks, although you can now also get it in flakes if you prefer the texture. It has a sweet wheat sort of taste to it, and goes quite crumbly when left to soak up the milk in your bowl. You could eat it with either milk or yogurt depending on preference, personally I always have milk on my cereal. I enjoy adding fruit and berries to it such as strawberries, raspberries, banana and blueberries, to give it a bit more flavour. If I'm not eating it with fruit I find I need to add a bit of sweetener to improve the taste, but of course try it without first as it may be sweet enough for you.
With the high fiber content I find it doesn't keep me full for as long as other cereals and speeds up digestion a little too much at times! Despite that fiber is supposed to keep you fuller for longer.
Kellogs All Bran breakfast cereal has been available in the shops since 1916, and is still considered a strong selling product to this day. The high bran, high fibre cereal has been designed to aid a healthy digestive system and to help people control their morning eating habits; all this without taste being forgotten!
The small dark coloured sticks of all bran are not too tasty on their own but when softened slightly by adding milk, they become one of the better tasting 'not full of sugar' cereals.
Since switching from Weetabix to All Bran each morning, I have been able to survive until lunch with only one piece of fruit in between (I was previously snacking on fruit and a cereal bar and still feeling hungry). I don't want to put you off too much by talking about the health of the digestive system, but I'll just say that I'm happy with the results.
Whilst this cereal does taste good enough to eat, I would like to see the introduction of All Bran with fruit (similar to Special K varieties), or if this is already in existence, it should be better marketed because I have never seen it/heard of it.
If you're interested in a higher fibre diet, or not needing to snack as much after breakfast then I would suggest this cereal, although if the most important attribute for a cereal is taste to you, then I would look elsewhere.
With an alarming 27% fibre, these must be one of the highest fibre breakfast cereals and must therefore be good for you.
Whilst decidedly un-appetising looking, you can actually come to love them. They stay crunchy in cold milk and reasonably so in warm and they give a bit of taste to some of the more bland cereals and take the sweetness off others.
They have the stigma of being that breakfast cereal you dread as a child, what auntie so and so has had all her life to keep her bowels moving. Well they certainly do that, but do make sure you drink loads of water till you get used to them or you will get the gripes.
Opening the packet you can smell the slightly cereal, malty, rabbit-food aroma. On tucking in you get the crunch and slight sweetness, difficult to describe but pleasant. I quite like them with plain yoghurt.
There is still 17% sugar in the product to rot your teeth, but then without it, together with the 1.7% salt, they would probably be in-edible. Basically they are just wheat bran, sugar and flavourings with added impressive-sounding vitamins that you never knew you needed. Un-surprisingly the allergy advice is they contain barley and wheat and are suitable for vegetarians but are also halal and kosher approved.
At around £2.59 /750gm pack they are pricey but are occasionally on offer at supermarkets. The supermarket cheapy brands seem to be just as good, just as boring but nutritionally as good for you.
The packaging is already 90% re-cycled and you can send it round the cycle again.
Overall, extremely boring but a great feel-good morning breakfast cereal. I wouldn't recommend them for an evening snack as you may well have extreme stomach ache by the morning due to de-hydration!
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When I was about 5 years old, my Mum always put a sprinkling of bran at the bottom of her cereal. Naturally, I wanted to do the same, though I was never allowed because my Mum thought it would mean I ate too much fibre which isn't healthy for young children. My Nan liked to eat All Bran for breakfast, and on the rare occasion I spent the night at hers, she used to let me eat a bowl too. At the time, the thought of being able to do something I'm not usually allowed to do was far more important than the taste.
Fast forward a few years, my Mum still didn't want be eating a whole bowl every morning, but she did let me put a small handful in the bottom of my cornflakes. The habit kind of stuck- I still do it today!
Most people are horrified that I eat All Bran. I think it seems to them to be their worst nightmare. I'm never quite sure why- people hae never actually eaten it before. It's almost as if we, as a nation, have a cultural hatred of All Bran. It's weird.
Basically, All Bran is long, thin, brown "lines" which are quite dry, though do soak up milk very well, becoming soggy and strangely yummy. If I'm looking for something to mindlessly nibble on, I sometimes grab the All Bran, but I can understand why most people wouldn't want to eat it without milk.
I really like All Bran. It's healthy and filling. Nuff said.
A very good source of fibre if you need it as well as folic acid an many of the essential vitamins. It is very filling, so i normally have it when i am trying to loose a few pounds. Nestle used to do it called Fibre 1 which was amazing. This is i guess is second best as i can no longer get the nestle brand.
The problem with the Kellogg's version is that it tastes a bit like wood, and is has often got lots of smashed bits in it.
The best way to have it is two big spoons of tesco's greek style yoghurt mixed with two spoonfulls of water to make it a little more runny. Then add about a cup of the all bran and mix it so it is a ll coated with the yoghurt. This is a nutritious and very filling breakfast.
Just make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, as the fibre can stay in your body.
I try to vary my breakfast each day as I was advised by my Weight Watchers leader some time ago that eating the same thing day in day out can have a negative effect on weight loss, I have not ascertained how accurate this advice is but have discovered that my diet does actually go better through the day if I've had something interesting in the morning.
Now, many of you will say that the words 'interesting' and 'All Bran' should not be used in the same sentence but I urge you to give it a try as it's a much nicer breakfast than you are imagining.
Kellogg's All Bran is basically small thin sticks of wheat bran that has been sweetened slightly to make it more palatable. It soaks up the milk nicely and I find it goes soft rather than soggy after adding the milk. The taste is very hard to describe; it's wheaty and rather bland with that natural flavour that automatically leads you to believe that it's a nutritious and healthy product.
I think it has a lovely flavour, although if you are used to eating Cocoa Pops or other highly sweetened cereals then you may find that this is a little dull for you. I would say to persevere with it if you're in this camp as I find All Bran is somewhat of an acquired taste and you will get used to it. Try adding some chopped strawberries or halved blueberries to your cereal bowl for a little added sweetness and to give yourself some variety with the textures and flavours. My daughter eats it with natural yogurt and a spoon of syrup or honey, she says this brings out the wheatiness but also disguises it slightly which makes this cereal much more interesting for her.
By its very nature this is an incredibly dry cereal and certainly not one that I would eat without milk, it has a dusty and bitty appearance and texture when dry which gets worse the further down the box you go. I always waste a handful of All Bran from each box as by the time I have gotten down to the last bowl in the box the bottom layer is far too dusty and broken up for me to eat. Well, it's not wasted as I pour it into my garden bird feeder and they seem to love it!
The health benefits of eating a cereal like All Bran is worth considering, it's so important to eat fibre rich foods such as this as it will help keep your digestive system in tip top condition and will also help you to stay 'regular' in the toilet department. It's important to increase your fluid intake if you are planning to add more fibre to your diet as if you don't it can have an opposite effect and cause constipation. From Kellogg's website I can tell you that a single bowl of All Bran will provide you with the same amount of fibre as 32 wholemeal crackers, which I'm sure you will agree is a large leap in helping to get more fibre into your body.
A 170g bowl of All Bran with 125ml semi skimmed milk contains 170 calories and 3g of fat, plus 11g of fibre. This size serving is perfect as it keeps me satisfied until lunchtime and because fibre released energy slowly I don't feel as though I need a snack mid morning, which is usually the case when I eat a more sugary breakfast. I bought a 750g box from Sainsbury's and this cost in the region of £2.40, which is roughly the same price as other branded cereals but seems more of a bargain as All Bran seems to last so long!
All bran is a high fibre cereal an an essential part of my diet because I suffer with Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS as it is better known and therefor need a little help in the bowel department at times. ( I hope I put that nicely )!!
This product is made by Kelloggs, which is a very well known and trusted brand that has been producing quality breakfast cereals for years, their other products include corn flakes, rice crispies, crunchy nut cornflakes, fruit and fibre etc etc.
For me there is no other All bran but Kelloggs, I have tried other branded bran in the flake form but for roughage Kelloggs bran flakes is the best and gives me the fibre boost that I often need.
The packaging is fairly basic and a little different from the one pictured above, it is a brown coloured box and has Kelloggs All bran written on the front and also has a picture of a bowl of it with some fruit and milk added. Inside the box you will find the all bran in a sealed plastic bag, and they look like small thin twigs when poured int a bowl.
The cost per box is around £2.75 for 750g so it is not the cheepest cereal around but I think people tend to buy this more for health reasons rather than having a tasty treat.
I myself eat this in the evening before I go to bed so that it works its magic for the morning, and I would normally eat this more often when my IBS is at its worse.
The taste of all bran is hard to explain, it is very plain and bland and a little bit like brown bread, and the texture is quite grainy.
The bran is best served with cold milk, but on its own can become very boring in both texture and flavour, so I normally add toppings to it, a nice one is to put some bananas and honey over the top, or even strawberries now they are in season, it just gives a bit of added flavour to it. I also wait a little while after adding the milk before I eat it, I find this makes the bran soften a little and easier to eat.
These will set you back 112 calories for a 40g serving provided you have them with semi-skimmed milk, which is fairly good, and if you have these for breakfast they will certainly fill you up for a while.
I highly recommend All bran if you too suffer with IBS and it is a very nutritional cereal even if you do not have this condition so either way you will get benefit from eating this.
In an attempt to eat a bit healthier I have switched to All Bran as my cereal of choice in the mornings now. All Bran is produced by Kellogg's, the American Multinational producer of breakfast foods, etc. The company itself was founded in 1906 by William Keith Kellogg. Their philosophy, "improved diet leads to improved health", is definitely what I am looking at when it comes to healthy eating.
Their All Bran can be described as a very high bran, high fibre wheat bran breakfast cereal and marketed as an aid to digestive health. According to an article I read, "Bran is particularly rich in dietary fiber and omegas and contains significant quantities of starch, protein, vitamins, and dietary minerals." It has been shown that by consuming these fibre sources people can considerably reduce blood cholesterol levels which is important for general cardiovascular health and they can also lower the risk of onset of certain types of cancers.
All Bran then seems like a sensible choice in wanting a healthier life style. It is probably not the best choice though if you are looking for something which is fun to eat and with a bit of flavour to it. All Bran is considerably bland, boring and tastes a bit like cardboard in my opinion. If it gets soggy after adding milk it turns into a bit of a stodgy mush and is quite filling to eat as it then has the consistency of wall paper paste. Having said that, the nice thing about All Bran is that it is plain and can be jazzed up with whatever accompaniment you want. By adding say fruit (blueberries, strawberries to it) you increase the health benefits straight away and you give it a bit of flavour and texture which is great. I like to add mine to natural yogurt instead of milk and add some fruit to make a muesli type dish instead and it does taste pretty good, even better because I know I am being good to my body.
This All Bran from Kellogg's comes in the form of little sticks of what bran, probably about the size of matchsticks. According to their website, just one serving of All-Bran will give you the same amount of fibre as 5 slices of bread, 6 apples or even 32 whole meal crackers! Wow, that is a lot of fibre. It equates to approximately 43% of your guideline daily amount of fibre.
I bought a 500g box of All-Bran. The box is an orangey/brown colour with Kellogg's written prominently on the front and then a picture of some wheat to show you that it is a wheat based cereal. They say that in a 500g box there are approximately 12 bowls/servings inside.
Each 40g serving has only 112 calories which is 6% of your GDA and only 1.5g fat which is 2% of your GDA so all in all this breakfast is a real winner!
Kellogg`s All Bran is a cereal made from natural wheat bran, it is high in fibre and provides us with essential roughage.
Fibre can be found in natural foods and vegetables. Fruit, nuts and whole grains are all rich in fibre and provide our body with many nutrients and vitamins.
Fibre helps our bowels to keep regular and it also keeps our digestive system in good shape, lessening the chance of chronic illness.
Kellogg`s always seem to manufacture first class products. When you look along the supermarket aisles the Kellogg`s packaging is unmistakable, most of the packets have the famous red cockerel on.
The company makes breakfast cereal to cater for all age groups.
Kellogg's cereals may cost a few more pence than the Supermarket own brand but nine times out of ten there is a marked difference.
But some of the leading supermarket chains often offer promotions on Kellogg's cereals, I recently found Weetabix on offer at an excellent price.
All Bran original is fairly palatable, small light and crispy flakes of wheat. I have to fill my bowl up or else i`m back in the cupboard looking for another helping five minutes later and I cant eat them without a good covering of semi skimmed milk and a sprinkling of sugar. A cup full of All Bran wouldnt be far off of my recommended daily fibre intake.
I hold my hands up here though, I will only buy All Bran if I think I `need` it (putting it politely there).
I would much rather have a bowl full of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes!
The Kellogg's Extra Fibre bran doesn't tempt me at all! I appreciate that a lot of people needing a High Fibre diet will disagree with me here, but the texture and the flavour of the High Fibre bran is (Shhhh...awful)
But there is one recipe that the High Fibre Bran is brilliant for, I don't know whether any of you have tried making Malt loaf using it?
Just put 1 cup of All bran, 1 cup of Brown sugar, 1 cup of Mixed Fruit, 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of Self raising into a basin and mix well together.
Line a small loaf tin with greaseproof paper and then put the mixture into the tin. Bake it on one of the lower shelves at Gas mark 6 for just over an hour.
The bran makes the loaf taste lovely. Slice the loaf when its cool and spread the slices with butter.
A 500 g packet retails at around £1.50, but make sure to look out for the in store promotions.
Kellogg`s also offer bran in other forms, there are Multi Grain and Garlic and Herb Crackers, All bran Strawberry Medley, All Bran yogurt bites, All Bran Bran Bud All Bran Wheat Flakes and they have also incorporated bran into a selection of Kellogg's cereal bars.
Roughage is an essential part of our everyday diet and I wouldn't dispute this, im sure that Kellogg's have tried to make the whole idea seem more attractive, but given the choice there are other cereals I would much rather eat!
This has been a staple breakfast cereal in my cupboards for well over 20 years. I must be getting on a bit. I started eating it when I began some high fibre diet lark, and just kept on eating it.
This is a cereal that others have copied but don't get quite right. It's one of the foods that you either love or hate. I love it probably because it fills me up and provides lots of fibre and makes me feel somewhat virtuous. It also takes quite a bit of chewing and therefore a bit longer to eat.
In these days of warnings over the dangers in everything we eat, I now see that All Bran is too high in salt and sugar, but hey, you can't have everything! On the plus side, All Bran does contain more fibre per 100g than practically every other brand of cereal. And yes, I've checked them all.
To describe them, they're like little crunchy twigs but not too sweet. However, that's in my taste opinion and I do have a very sweet tooth. They are very hard and take a quite while to soften in milk.
I've tried eating them in a variety of ways over the years. They are nice just with milk and a sprinkling of sugar (or sweetener as I use). Sometimes I pour in half a bowl of All Bran and let the milk soften it, then add more All Bran on top. It also makes a great topping for yogurt and as an ingredient for muffins, giving them some extra fibre. I know I'm a weird but I also snack on this stuff straight out of the box during the day. I suppose I feel it's somehow healthier than eating things like crisps or biscuits. It does help me stay full up though.
It's really a cereal geared for adults. You won't find any cartoon characters adorning the packaging or toys hidden inside. However, my kids have all tried it and didn't exactly turn their noses up at it. On the other hand, they don't ask for it at breakfast time either. They know that box of All Bran is Mum's cereal.
At the time of writing, a 750g box of Kelloggs All Bran costs £1.87 in Tesco and a 500g box costs £1.55 in Costcutter.
A 500g recyclable box states there are 9 x 40g servings. When you actually weigh out 40g, it doesn't look like an awful lot though, so I usually have a bit more. It does swell up when you leave it soaking in milk. This is probably what happens when you eat it, which is why it makes you feel full.
On the upside, Kelloggs All Bran provides an excellent source of fibre with 27g per 100g making it one of the highest fibre breakfast cereals on sale. It's also a good source of vitamins and iron as well as having a low fat content.
On the downside, the sugar levels are high at 17g per 100g. Sugar levels greater than 15g per 100g are considered high. Salt levels are also high with 1.55g per 100g. For salt, anything over 1.5g per 100g is high. Fat is only 3.5g per 100g of which saturates are 0.7g per 100g.
Per recommended 40g bowl: 112 calories, 7g sugar, 1.6g fat, 0.3g saturates, 0.6g salt.
Wheatbran (85%), Sugar, Barley Malt Flavouring, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Salt, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.
Allergy Information: Contains wheat and barley
For more information: www.kelloggs.co.uk, www.kelloggs.ie