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This is probably the best way to get fibre into your diet. Seriously. There's 42.8 grams of fibre in one hundred grams of this stuff. That's like...50% fibre, which I think is incredible. Obviously, though, I wouldn't recommend eating this alone unless you are seriously, seriously determined to increase your fibre intake. I think it's more of an addition sort of thing, like you can add it to your cereal or your porridge before or after it's done cooking. What I like to do, though, is use the recipe on the back of the packet which is for a sugarless sultana cake using orange juice. It's seriously awesome. I mean, I didn't actually buy wheat bran for myself (for my father) but when I made this cake, and the next time, and the next time, I ate a bit of this cake. I usually eat crap cake that is crappily delicious, like chocolate cake. But this wheat bran cake is incredible because you can't even tell the difference really from a sugary cake because it's so loaded with sultanas. I add this wheat bran to practically everything I bake now and it's just a neat way to increase your fibre intake without forcing your way through a packet of figs or something. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to eat a bit healthier without a loss of, er, taste. Just throw it in with the double chocolate muffin mix and reap a little of the benefit.
Jordans Natural Wheat Bran can be found in the supermarkets with the cereals. Its quite a light bag, as the contents are little brown flakes. Not quite sure how to describe the taste... maybe a bit like crushed bran flakes??? Any way I have a couple of spoonfuls of this mixed in with my porridge every morning, and not only does it liven up plain porridge but you're getting loads of fibre at the same time without really noticing it. Its a great way to be a bit healthier and it does your digestive system a favour too. Its about 30p for a 375g bag in my local supermarket, so it fits easily in the weekly budget. Per 100g of the product is gives you a whopping 42.8g of fibre, and is relatively low in fat at 5.5g per 100g. Saturated fat is only 0.9g per 100g. per tablespoon there is 14 calories, and I usually put two heaped teaspoons on my cereal, so its great for the dieters out there that want to get their recommended fibre intake. There is a recipe on the back for a sugarless fruit cake, and the packet gives you other ideas for using it such as in breads, biscuits etc.
The only ingredient is wheat bran so there are no nasties, there's no added salt or sugar, and its suitable for vegetarians too.
In my recent quest to get more fibre in my diet I started thinking back to the good old-fashioned method of eating bran. When I searched online for bran google produced Jordan's Wheat Bran for sale at a variety of places so I chose to buy from www.goodnessdirect.co.uk as they were selling 375g bags for £1.03 plus p&p.
The bran arrived a couple of days later and when I opened the bag I was met with a nutty aroma and lots of little flakes. Exactly as I expected. I read the packet and it stated that a tablespoon is 7g in weight and contains 3.1g of fibre, 13 calories, 0.4g of fat and not much else so this sounded ideal.
Wheat bran is basically the outer layer of wheat that is removed in processing for white flour etc and cannot be digested so has to turn into fibre. The only people who can't eat this are those with a wheat allergy and there is oat bran and psyllium husk for those people but this review is about Wheat Bran.
I started pondering what I could do with the bran, I initially added it to cereal in the mornings and it was fine, then I added some to some dumplings I made and tried them out on my partner who didn't even notice! I've since added it to chunky soups, egg mayonnaise sandwiches, found a recipe online for bran muffins and tried those (yummy!) and sprinkled some on top of bananas topped with yoghurt. Basically you can add it to anything that has moisture.
You can add bran to most baking and cooking and if you search online there are a number of recipes containing bran to try out.
It just has a slightly nutty flavour, much the same as bran flakes and doesn't interfere with the taste of meals excessively but I can taste it. My partner it seems can't though!
You should start with one tablespoon and increase the amount as you get used to it but I've found one tablespoon is perfectly adequate for me and improves transit time just as it should.
The only stipulation with bran is you must drink plenty of water. If you don't the bran absorbs many times it's own weight in water from your body and has the opposte effect to what you hope to achieve so add a couple more glasses of water to your diet if you add bran.
The bag is exactly as the picture above and I chopped a corner off so I could get a spoon in there and use a clothes peg to keep it closed. It has a recipe on the back where you can use the bran too. It must be stored somewhere cool and dry and has a good couple of years on it before it goes out of date.
I've had the first bag open for a few weeks now and still have some left so it lasts a while too and at £1.03 a bag it's very inexpensive. If anyone has read my fibresure review and then read this one it just goes to show previous generations knew what they were doing, no inventing powdered fibre for them just stick to the real stuff and it works!
Highly recommended for extra fibre.