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      06.03.2011 20:42
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      That star is for the flavour, nothing else.

      What can I say about a breakfast cereal as iconic as Special K? Well, as far as taste goes, it's pretty fair. Crunchy, doesn't dissolve on seeing milk and filling enough.

      This is where the complements stop. In fact that last bit was a bit of a lie as I attempted this ever popular Special K diet; two bowls a day (plus one balanced meal) for two weeks, and you'll drop a dress size. Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? I thought I'd get into shape for my holiday, I only wanted to loose a bit, so I gave it a go.

      Firstly: Special K is between £2.50 and £3.00 a box, and very small box at that. Enough in fact only to last four to five days when you're doing the diet. Your wallet will certainly lose weight quickly.
      Secondly: whether this is psychological or not, it doesn't fill you up. Within half an hour of my first bowl I was ready to take a bite out of a colleague. I persevered, eating fruit rather than 'indulgence snacks' until the second bowl at lunchtime. If anything, this stuff has made me simply go through the day lusting after my evening meal, which consists of a little more than horse bran.
      Thirdly: I've lost a pound in two weeks. (In weight. My wallet lost a bit more) I haven't touched a cake or a piece of candy in three weeks.

      If you're just eating Special K for the taste, I agree with you; it's nice and it fills a little hole.

      If you're trying to lose weight: cut out the rubbish and take exercise. Let's be realistic; breakfast is the most important meal of the day, not the only meal.

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      04.12.2010 13:43
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      The health benefits outweight the lack of great taste for me.

      Being a model and one that shows a lot of flesh in most of my shoots I have to watch my weight very carefully and although I do have times where I pig out on chocolate and crisps, I do workout and watch what I eat in general.

      A favourite cereal of mine which is very good for me is Kellogg's Special K Sustain, the flakes in Special K Sustain are made with brown rice and whole-wheat so very healthy but sadly not very tasty. They are not the worst tasting thing in the world but they have a very bland boringness to them and they are a very dry cereal even with the milk added they tend to have a rough dryness to them.

      These are a fantastic source of vitamin B and E and they are low in fat and calories so they tick all the right box`s for someone on a diet or just liking to eat healthy, they even have antioxidants in them that are most commonly found in fruit and vegetables so Kellogg's say that they can help reduce the risk of heart disease, blood pressure and even some forms of cancer.

      Special K in its normal guise is not a cheap cereal to buy and neither is this at almost £3 for a 375g box, I have seen it on offer once or twice in Asda at £2 a box but very rarely and in truth recently it has been getting harder and harder to find at all.

      I wouldn't recommend this cereal to anyone that enjoys a nice tasty cereal in the mornings but if you want to lose weight or watch your weight or just eat healthier then this is a great way to do it if you do not mind sacrificing the taste.

      One thing I find with this which Kellogg's did suggest but I wasn't sure whether or not to believe it is that it keeps you feeling full for longer therefore not eating so much through the day. I do find that a bowl of this and a glass of orange juice for breakfast keeps me going till lunch which I have to say my favourite cereal, Rice crispies does not.

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        05.07.2010 20:17
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        I think I will stick to the normal plain Special K flakes as these just didn't do anything for me.

        I've recently been following the Special K Diet plan, which allows you to create a personal plan based around eating two bowls of Special K cereal a day, in combination with a healthy balanced meal for lunch or tea. I was on the lookout for variations to the normal Special K flakes as I figured it would get boring eating the exact same thing twice a day for two weeks. I discovered Special K Sustain on the cereal shelves at Sainsbury's where they had a special offer of two boxes for £4.

        Special K Sustain is described as "a delicious combination of wholegrain rice and wheat flakes with a touch of honey and tasty crunchy cereal bites."

        I was interested in it seeing that it claims to keep you satisfied til lunch and the honey clusters sounded yummy. The Special K flakes are made of rice rather than corn, and are light and crispy. Instead of the usual Special K flakes that are made of white rice however, these are made using brown and wholewheat rice which is a healthier option. The flakes are nice and crunchy and kept their texture well without going soggy. It's best to eat Special K cereal with semi-skimmed milk to get the best result as part of the diet plan.

        The flakes taste different than I'm used to, and they were quite sweet to begin with. I think they may have had some sort of glaze or coating as the sweetness faded away as I worked my way through the bowl, and they began to take on that terribly bland and cardboard-like taste that you will recognise if you've ever eaten a plain Ryvita cracker. The honey clusters were the saving grace I enjoyed these a lot. These were tasty and provided a nice hit for the sweet tooth.

        The fat content for this cereal is extremely low, only 2g per 100g of cereal. However, the sugar content is over 1/5th, with 21g out of 100g being sugar. This does not seem like a particularly healthy amount and I was surprised, especially seeing as this cereal is aimed at those trying to watch their shape and lose weight while maintaining a healthy diet. This seems to be the same with other Special K cereals I have bought previously and I will be checking the labels more thoroughly next time.

        Special K claim "When you are watching your shape, your next meal can seem like an age away!
        Special K Sustain has a special balance of protein and fibre to help you keep satisfied for longer leaving you free to make the most of your morning."
        Other than the taste being faitly average, I'd say it certainly does not live up to the promise of keeping you full. I always have cereal for my breakfast, and then a small snack during my tea break before lunch. About 2 hours after finishing my cereal I was feeling really empty and craving for another bowl, and felt like starting on my lunch early. This happened repeatedly and I never felt a lasting effect of satisfying my hunger cravings. This is only a quick fix and I was not really that impressed with it to be honest.

        Ingredients: Brown Rice (35%), Wholewheat (32%), Sugar, Cereal & Honey Flavour Soy and Pea Protein Clusters (14%) ( Pea Protein Crispies {Pea Protein Isolate, Starch, Calcium Carbonate, Salt}, Sugar, Soy Nuts, Cereal Crispies {Wheat Flour, Malted Wheatflour, Malt Extract, Dextrose, Vegetable Oil}, Maltodextrin, Glucose Syrup, Corn Flour, Flavouring, Caramelised Sugar Syrup), Wheat Fibre, Honey (2%), Salt, Barley Malt flavouring, Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.

        Nutritional values per 100g:
        Energy 1538 kj 364 kcal
        Protein 14g
        Carbohydrates 66g -of which sugars 20g -of which starch 46g
        Fat 2g -of which saturates 0.3g
        Fibre 13g
        Sodium 0.3g

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        09.01.2010 02:24
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        Kellogg's special K sustain:

        As I have started a healthy eating sort of regime this morning I decided to kick start the day with a lovely big bowl of this to keep me going until I need some lunch. When I poured it into my bowl I actually thought it looked a little bit like rabbit food but it tasted gorgeous, so I think that it deserved to have a review written on it!

        Special K Sustain is less than 3% fat which is brilliant, I never used to eat cereals but they are actually really tasty and I did enjoy it. I do not know if you eat 2 bowls for 2 meals for 2 weeks and that works, but I may try this to be honest! This cereal has added protein and fibre so it is guaranteed to keep you satisfied for at least a few hours. This is basically crunchy brown rice and wholewheat flakes with cereal and honey flavoured soy clusters.

        Per 40g serving there is:

        135 Calories
        8g Sugars
        0.8g Fat
        Trace Saturates
        0.5g Salt.

        The reasons why I like this is because it fills you up, it tastes sweet but not too sweet to be off putting and it is really good for you. Just to add, my sister lost one stone in 2 months by eating special k every morning! Also, it has wholewheat flakes which are also very good for you!

        The reasons why this puts me off a little bit is the fact that I am not too keen on the soy clusters as I think they taste a little wierd, they are quite crunchy and they have a strange taste. Also, this is on offer at the moment, a 375g pack is priced at £2.00 and it i normally just under £3.00 which is a little bit expensive as there are cheaper alternatives.

        I recommend this to everyone, this is a really nice cereal and it will fill you up just like porridge does!

        Holly x

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        14.01.2009 16:31
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        Stick to the regular Special K and bring a snack!

        I like a bowl of Special K for my breakfast a few days a week, so when my dad saw they had a new type, he picked me up a box. It looked promising - Sustain promises to keep you full for longer due to its blend of protein and fibre, presumably providing slow-release energy.

        First let's address that. Does it keep you full? I don't think so, no. This is a very strange thing but I am not normally a particularly hungry person, and the couple of times I have eaten this I have actually felt hungry quite a bit before my next meal. This could very well be down to the fact that I was off cereal for a couple of weeks before trying this, so my body might have got used to a perhaps more substantial morning meal. Still, after my breakfast this morning at about 9 I was ready for lunch by 12.30...usually I go at least five hours before getting any hunger pangs. Coincidence?

        Does it at least taste good? Afraid not. This is why I haven't eaten it enough times to fully test the hunger-staving properties. I like Special K usually, especially the red berries edition, but these flakes taste really different. Presumably because of the amount of fibre, they are less light and crispy and more crunchy and dry. If you pick one out of the box, they are practically glistening with a coating which I'm guessing is nothing but sugar - a serving containing 14g!

        About halfway through the bowl, I did find myself getting bored of the taste - or lack of - they are sort of a cross between bran flakes, Frosties and traditional Special K. I can't help wondering why Kellogg's, if they think they are on to such a great thing with this new recipe, didn't just change the flakes in all varieties to these. Probably because they know they taste bad.

        Any good news at all? I'm trying but I can't find any! At £2.78 for a 375g box, these are almost £1 more expensive than bigger boxes of other Special K varieties, ones which actually taste nice! There are a few more calories (194 per serving with semi skimmed milk - I always use skimmed and this cuts out a lot of fat), but nothing major, "healthy" cereals are generally a pretty good option.

        Unless you really like Bran Flakes, or bland cereals, I would give these a miss and stick to the regular Special K. If you get hungry later, eat some fruit!

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          13.11.2008 18:40
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          Wont be buying it again.

          When perusing the cereal aisle earlier this week I came across Kelloggs special K sustain. I used to eat Special k quite a bit and loved the chocolate version that you can get on the continent. But i started to go off it as it didnt keep me full till lunch time. So when i spotted Sustain I thought I would give it a go.

          The box is fairly typical of the special k brand. Mostly white with a large red tick across the centre, a small picture of what the serial actually look like and the phrase "to help keep you satisfied for longer" The back of the packet advertises other versions of the special k brand.

          The box tells us that a 40g serving has 135 calories, 8g sugars, 0.8g fat, 0.5g salt. Based on 40g serving there are potentially 9 servings in a box. And a 375g box can be brought for £2.79 at Tescos.

          The cereal contains extra Folic Acid and is made from brown rice and wholewheat flakes with honey soy clusters. They are darker than regular special k flakes and heavier. They have a shine on them and so they must be coated in honey as well. The clusters taste nutty and look like like lots of little ricecrispies stuck together but they are crunchy.

          The Taste Test
          I was looking forward to trying them as i said before i used to really like special k. On the first mouthful i was pleasantly suprised, they tasted quite sweet and crunchy. However as I got further through the bowl I found that the milk started to get sweet as well which meant that the sweetness started to get over powering, Compared to a rather bland bowl of special k or branflakes for example. Because of this I dont think i'll be buying them again as I'm not keen on overly sweet cereal. It would have been pleasant enough if the sweetness hadnt tainted the milk.

          Was i full till lunch?
          The first time I ate the cereal I was extremely full after the bowl, i almost couldnt finish it but this may be because I never have the 40g it suggests. I like a good hearty bowl of cereal. So I had a bit of a tummy ache from eating too much of it. I thought this would mean i would be sustained for longer but two hours later I was hungry!!! The only thing I can think of is that I did eat a late breakfast (being a student lol) and so my body may just have thought I was hungry at 2pm for lunch.
          So I tried again this morning at a normal time for breakfast with a little less in my bowl ;) This time I lasted three hours before feeling hungry and four hours until I actually ate.

          I also noticed that after I had eaten a bowl I was extremely thirsty! And as i was quite full I wasnt able to drink enough to stop me being thirsty.

          I'm not convinced on the whole sustain angle to be honest. It doesnt keep me any more full than any other cereal, in fact I would say its a little worse.

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          09.09.2008 11:53
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          Another Special K variant.

          After noticing my clothes were feeling a little snug (okay, my jeans are too tight & I struggle to do the button up!) I decided to revert to my healthy eating plan (again - third time this year) which includes eating a healthy breakfast to try and stave off those naughty hunger pangs which have me running to the newsagents for crisps and chocolate. I've tried Special K before, but I find it gets soggy quickly and I really can't stand soggy cereal, so after watching an advert I decided to try Special K Sustain.

          I had a nice suprise when I trotted off to buy my pack, it was on offer, £2.00 for a 375gram box, instead of the usual £2.89. (Although, so were all the other million varieties of special K). I don't consider this great value though, as most other cereals, including Kellogg's other products are cheaper when at full cost. Kellogg's multigrain cornflakes for example, are £1.69 a pack.

          The white cardboard packaging has the wellknown big red K on the front, along with 'sustain' written to the right. It also carries the cockerel emblem and unmissable Kellogg's trademark. All in all, it's extremely easy to spot as both a Kellogg's product and a Special K variant.

          Most of us know that cereal is good for us and should be included daily into our diet (apparently, we are less likely to be overweight and suffer from the problems described below). Also the 'breakfast like a king, lunch like a lord and supper like a pauper' saying is untrue. Ideally, only 25% of your daily calorie intake should be consumed at breakfast, so it should be both nutritional and filling. Kellogg's began in Michigan, USA in 1906 and believed in the nutritional benefits of cereals even way back then, so I think it's fair to say they are experts in their field.

          The flakes in Special K Sustain are made with brown rice and wholewheat, both of which are wholegrain. Wholegrains are a great source of vitamins B and E, magnesium, iron & fibre and can contain antioxidants, just like fruit and veg and can reduce the risk of heart disease, blood pressure and some forms of cancer. The clusters do not contain nuts at all but are made from cereal and honey flavoured soy, handy for any nut allergy sufferers. The flakes are also coated in a very thin layer of honey, giving them a very glossy look. It has added protein and fibre, which I suspect is what helps to keep you full up. Also, a multitude of vitamins and a few minerals are mixed in for good measure, full details and a complete list of ingredients can be found on the side of the pack or on the Kellog's website. (Address below)

          So, on to taste. I'm not a fan of soggy cereal and this is one of my problems with original Special K. I usually have two small bowls as I find they breakdown and get soggy very quickly. Sustain holds it's own much better. I need not faff about, just pour a normal bowl and eat immediately. The clusters at the beginning of the pack (the ones which haven't had chance to break up yet!) are on average about the same size as a peanut. These can break up when in the milk, I suppose the honey binding them together dissolves, but they keep their crunchiness. They do have a bit of a gritty texture when crunched though, but are not too hard to break. Also, the flakes stay crispier, I presume because of the honey coating. My original worry was that they would be too sweet with all the honey, but this isn't the case. I would liken this to Nestle Honey Nut Clusters - only without the nuts and not so sweet.

          Conclusion. Did they keep me full up until lunch? Well, yes and no-one can be more surprised than myself! I've been following the Kellogg's diet for ten days. I eat my breakfast at 8 o'clock before I leave for work and by 11 o'clock I'm usually stuffing apples, satsumas and coffee down my throat in a desperate bid to stop me running out to buy a sandwich. However, I have found this cereal to be much more satisfying and I am now eating my fruit for pleasure rather than for survival.

          My other concern was the calorie/ fat intake. In a 40 gram serving, Sustain has 138 kcal - 23 more calories than the original and 2g of fat which is 0.5g more, although there is no difference in the saturated fat. Sugar, salt and sodium are also higher, but only very slightly, so any nutritional differences are minimal and as it really does help curb the hunger pangs until lunch it may even save me a few calories.

          Would I buy again? Maybe. My main concern is what the price will be when they are not on offer - £2.89. See, I also bought a box of the Kellog's Multigrain Cornflakes for £1.69 so I'm holding judgement until I've tried them! (cue- another lengthy review)

          For more info on all Kellogs products, nutritional info, the slimmer jeans diet and much more visit www.kelloggs.co.uk.

          For full nutritional info & ingredients: http://www.kelloggs.co.uk/products/Special_K/Cereal/Special_K_Sustain.aspx#

          Other sources: www.healthcastle.com/whole-grains.shtml

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            14.04.2008 17:21
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            Not the tastiest of cereals but good for you and might help you through the day.

            I had heard lots of positive things about Special K Sustain and decided to try it out to help me through my pregnancy, now how can a cereal designed for healthy eating and dieting help through a pregnancy, what possible use would it be to an otherwise slim woman, well you see baby 3 or Lumpy, as we so fondly call him/her, seems to have the appetite of a sumo wrestler, no matter what I eat or in what form I always feel hungry, not just gentle hungry either, we're talking gut wrenching hungry that makes me feel either ill or faint, it's not the nicest way to spend your day so I find myself reaching out to products lie Sustain to help me cut down on my bad snacking, much like those trying to lose weight, and make it through to my next meal time without consuming half of Asda.

            Kellogg's Special K Sustain-
            Special K Sustain is part of a broadening Special K range and is generally designed to help those on a quest for a healthier diet as well as provide a good proportion of daily vitamins and minerals which may be harder to get through an average everyday diet.

            Made with "crunchy brown rice and whole-wheat flakes" mixed with "cereal and honey flavour soy clusters" the cereal aims to keep you satisfied for longer, stopping the desire for midmorning snacks.

            As the product is designed to assist healthy eating plans I think it's important to mention it's nutrition as well as those vitamins they promise you. A 40g serving of the cereal with skimmed cows' milk, the cows' milk with the lowest fat content, will give you -

            176 Calories= 7% of a woman's 2000 recommended daily allowance
            1.1g Fat= 1% of the 2000 RDA
            32g Carbohydrates (14g of which is sugar)= 9% RDA
            0.6g Salt= 8% RDA
            5g Fibre
            You are also provided with 50% of the recommended daily allowance of-

            Vitamin C (a great antioxidant, helps the immune system)
            Niacin (helps with cell repair and removing chemicals from the body)

            Folic Acid (can help prevent anaemia, especially in pregnancy, improve mental agility)

            Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12 (good to increase metabolism, improve skin, help immune and nervous system and promote cell growth)
            And 25% of the recommended daily amount of iron.

            I have quoted the RDA for women as this is what applies directly to myself, men have a higher RDA and Children a lower RDA so you would need to consider the levels according to your category. It is also important to remember that the RDA for men, women and children is not a "target" that has to be reached but a level that should not be gone above.
            The cereal is suitable for vegetarians but contains wheat so will not be suitable for those avoiding or allergic to wheat.


            Good Eating?
            Of course there's more to a cereal then just nutrition, after all a vitamin supplement could provide much of the above, taste is also important and I'm quite pleased to say that Sustain is quite a pleasant cereal to eat only really being let down by it's texture.
            The flakes in the cereal look much the same as regular cornflakes yet you can see a difference, the flakes are far less orange being made from whole-wheat and brown rice, they're darker in a beige brown fashion and have slight shiny coating of honey over them. They have a far less light feeling to them, gone is the gentle crunch provided by standard cornflakes replaced by the need to bite down a lot more, a bit like muesli. The honey coating is very subtle, providing a sweetness far less sickly then you would get in a sugar coated cereal like Frosties, it takes the edge off of the whole-wheat feel of the cereal although it's not quite sweet enough for me and I find I need to enhance the sweetness by chopping up a little fresh fruit- bananas, strawberries, blueberries etc...... this is not only a great way of keeping the cereal fresh and fun but giving it a little extra sweetness and giving you at least one of your "five a day" fruits(you could also try it with a little yogurt instead of milk for something a little different)

            The clusters look disturbingly like bird feed, especially as they usually get broken up in the box so they are no longer clusters. They are really hard to crunch, giving you an awful lot of bite, they need a good long soaking in your milk to soften them and make them more pleasant to eat. Once you've got past this toughness though you get a gentle nutty taste which, combined with the honey on the flakes, saves the cereal from becoming bland.

            Sustaining?
            I would always have cereal or toast for breakfast before starting on Sustain, I've never been a fried breakfast kind of girl, so it was easy replacing my usual choices with Sustain, more so because I knew it was more nutritionally balanced, something most of us will benefit from not just poor old pregnant me, but also because of my deep hope that it would help ease my appetite, a feeling I'm sure a lot of other pregnant women or those watching their weight will share.

            The real test of the cereal for me is Tuesday, I'll usually have my breakfast by 7.15 but then I'm out of the house for the day, by 8.15 I'm always hungry again and desperate for a snack. After having a bowl of Sustain for my breakfast I did find myself lasting longer until feeling the first hints of hunger, I didn't quite make it through until dinner time but the cereal really does take the edge off of the hunger making it easier for me to prepare a healthier option of snack instead of seeing me grab the closest chocolate bar. Tuesday is my most physically demanding day, less demanding days see me snack even less during the mornings as I'm not burning up the energy quite so quickly, I'm sure the same could be said of afternoons too if I had a bowl of Sustain during lunch.

            Price & Availability-
            The cereal is available from most large supermarkets and even smaller ones such as Tesco Metro. A 375g box will set you back in the region of £2.97

            Other Special K varieties include- Red Berry, Purple Berry, Peach & Apricot, Berry Crunch Bliss and Strawberry & Chocolate Crunch Bliss. They don't include the same level of nutrients and vitamins as Sustain but are all designed to help towards your healthy eating plan so if Sustain is not the cereal for you then you have a wide selection of other Special K's available to you.

            Overall-
            While the cereal may not necessarily look the most appealing and may not be the most pleasant of textures to consume it really seems to work for me, even if it didn't cut out my day time snacking completely. With the added bonus of those added daily vitamins and minerals it really is a great cereal for someone looking to increase their healthy eating or cut out daytime snacking, I know the majority of people out there will not be pregnant as I am but for those who are the iron, folic acid and other nutrients are essential for a healthy baby and pregnancy, this cereal will not only provide sustenance but reassurance that you're doing right by your growing baby.

            I may only be a recent convert to the cereal but I am pleased with it, it helps me cut down on my snacking so I can see how it will be a great benefit to others as part of a healthy and balanced diet. You never know I may just be able to see my toes at the end of this pregnancy after all!


            Go to Kelloggs.co.uk for information on healthy eating, daily allowances and nutrition as well as information on the company, their full product range and full ingredients lists for all products



            ---also on Ciao (Piggypine)

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              01.04.2008 10:04
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              I`d rather eat dry bread!

              Being an old man now I try to keep myself in shape as best I can so I can see out my time as fit as is possible and perhaps even prolong my time on gods green earth.

              One way in which I try to look after myself is to eat healthy and in doing so I like to start my day off with a bowl of cereal and a fruit juice. I have my preferred cereals (they are the rather mundane Cornflakes and Rice crispies) but I do like to try other things.

              When her indoors returned from shopping one day sporting a box of Kellogg's Special K Sustain I was quick to try them but did not like what I tried at all. The flakes in Special K Sustain are made with brown rice and whole-wheat so healthy they most certainly are however tasty which they claim to be they most certainly are not. Even when soaked in milk there is a somewhat boring dryness to this cereal.

              Whole grains are a great source of vitamins B and E and can contain antioxidants, just like fruit and vegetables and can reduce the risk of heart disease, blood pressure and some forms of cancer so if you can force down anything just because it is good for you then these will be right up your alley. I however need to enjoy my food so even although I love keeping healthy and can see the benefits from this cereal I still won't be eating it again.

              I am sure everyone has heard of special K in its original format (which I have to say I do not enjoy either) well this is another marketing ploy from Kellogg's to bring special K back into the public's eye with new promises attached.

              This particular promise is that special K sustain will keep you feeling full for longer, having eaten only one bowl of this cereal I could not personally comment on whether or not that is true but my wife who enjoys the cereal does not think it help her stay feeling full for longer at all.

              This product when sat on a shelf in your supermarket would be easily recognisable as a Kellogg product due to the cockerel emblem and would also be recognisable as special K due to the large red K but you may have to look much closer to see the small writing that points to it being the sustain variety.

              Another piece of info that comes from my wife rather than myself is the price and availability. Having had no idea where she had bought it or for how much I had to ask her and this was my findings. My good lady wife had bought this box from Tesco at the greatly over priced cost in my opinion of £2.89 for a 375g box. She also assures me that Asda, Sainsbury and most other large stores stock it at very similar prices.

              Definitely not a cereal I would recommend, there are surely much tastier ways of keeping in shape. It looks ok, read the box and you will be convinced you will enjoy it, even take a sniff at the contents and they smell nice but do not be fooled it is dry and very unexciting and poor in comparison to many other cereals which are available at much less expensive prices oh and as my good lady wife says it does not do what it advertises either.

              Thank you very much for reading.

              Bill

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                A breakfast cereal that promises to get your day started properly.

                I want to share my story - my introduction to Kellogg's Special K Sustain, because if my story can help even one person desperately trying to find the holy grail of breakfast cereals than I will have helped make this world that little bit brighter.

                Christmas indulgence is now but a distant memory and as we head towards the end of January, many of us have already forgotten the promises we made to ourselves on the 1st of the month - I have always been amazed at how much easier it is to Quit 'Quitting' than it is quitting anything else.

                I, like 99 percent of the population had vowed to eat a healthier, more balanced diet. No more Kit Kat's at 10:00 washed down with a large (non-fat o ease the guilt of wolfing down the four-fingered kit kat) Cappuccino from Starbucks. Instead, I promised myself that I would wake up earlier to allow myself time to have breakfast, afterall, haven't we been told over and over again since, well, since ever that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?

                So in preparation for the big countdown to the new year, I took myself off to Asda determined to stock up on plenty of healthy options for my new morning routine. I had avoided the cereals lane like a case of the bubonic plague in the past, and wasn't prepared for the terrifying array of grains promising all sorts of wondrous miracles that stood before me. I instantly felt myself going into meltdown, my legs were shaking and my palms were notably damp. I stood frozen in the middle of the aisle not sure I could make it passed the brightly coloured boxes of chocolate covered flakes, and honey coated nuggets to the sensible grown up and significantly more serious looking cereals at the end of what felt like a mile-long row of sugary goodness. Somehow, with the help of my three year old who prodded and pulled me in the general direction I needed to go on, I took my first feeble away from the promises of "that great chocolatey taste" to those that simply listed what ingredients it didn't have.

                And then I saw it. Just as I was ready to turn and run away crying into the comfortable and familiar arms of the confectionery aisle, out of the corner of my eye I spotted the bright red words "Special K" on a simple, white box. Although no one else seemed to notice it, I am sure I saw a gentle golden glow eminating from around it and the sound of angels singing a sweet lullabye filled the air. Before I could become distracted by the luscious boxes of pure sugar neatly disguised as breakfast food, I grabbed the box and made a dash for the nearest till, my son only just managing to keep up with my pace.

                What is this Special K Sustain stuff anyway and why is it supposed to be so good for us?
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                Special K Sustain is the latest gimmick to be introduced by Kellogg's, a follow-up to the familiar and comparatively ordinary Special K.

                Containing wholewheat flakes and wholegrain rice with a splash of honey to bind it, Sustain gives us a crunchier, clustier cereal that the original Special with a touch of sweetness. Because it contains a healthy dollup of protein and fibre, it is designed to keep us feeling satisfied longer - Surprisingly even longer than a mid morning Kit Kat!

                Is it really that good for us?
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                It's all relative. There is no doubt that we pay for the added honeyness and general taste At 135calories per serving, you could save yourself a further 50 calories by opting for the almost calorie-free (and totally taste-free) Shredded Wheat. And of course Shredded Wheat has no sugar, hardly any fat and plenty of fibre. However, Special K Sustain is much better for you as part of a healthy eating diet than you would imagine it is.

                ***Nutritional Information per serving

                Calories: 135
                Sugar: 8g
                Fat: 0.8g of which only a trace are saturates
                Salt: 0.5g
                Fibre: 5g

                But does it have any taste?
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                I wasn't expecting great things. The best I was hoping for was sweetened card but I was expecting something more in line with the mouldy taste of a 200 year old book found in the back of an antique store. Instead, I found my taste buds didn't recoil in disgust and I didn't even need to hold my nose as I chewed.

                For those of you who have tried Special K, Original, it doesn't taste dissimilar - a bit wheaty, like a sweetened Jacobs whole-wheat cracker shaved down into tiny pieces. Only, Sustain has an added nuttiness to it. There is no doubt that the cluster style gives it an added texture which not only fools you into thinking you are eating more, but also gives the flavour a more 3-D effect. First you taste the honey, then the nuts, then the cereal flakes. It's just a bit more exciting on the old taste buds when there's more going on.

                Does it actually make me feel full?
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                I really am a good girl. I've only skipped breakfast once since January 1st (Does it matter that I had three Millie's chocolate chip cookies before noon that day?) and Special K Sustain has played a pretty major role in my new eating practices.

                Although I haven't quite managed waking up earlier - is there actually a time earlier that 5:45 anyway, I keep a box of Sustain at my desk and find toodling off to fill my bowl is an excellent way of wasting time I could be using to work.

                Whether it is simply the concept of actually eating breakfast, or whether it is actually down to Sustain, I do find it much easier to make it through the morning without snacking. I do feel more full. Although, my chocolate moments usually have little to do with being hungry at all and more to do with a craving for the warm melting sensation of cocoa on my tongue, I have been doing quite well at resisting the urge and admittedly, it isn't all down to my incredible will power and strength of character - it has to do with starting my day eating something that I can easily forget is a "healthy" option and just enjoy the taste.

                Ingredients (from Kellogg's website)
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                ***Things I recognize as actual ingredients not science experiment compounds
                Brown Rice, Wholewheat, Honey Flavour Soy Clusters, Nuts and Crisps, Flour, Wheatflour, Barley FlourWheat Fibre and Sugar

                ***And the other stuff
                Maltodextrin, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Salt, Barley Malt Flavouring, Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.

                Availability
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                Sustain is a relatively new product however most of the major supermarkets (ASDA, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Morrissons etc) will stock it.

                And how much is this miracle breakfast?
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                At £2.89 per 375g it is a bit more expensive than other similar cereals, but then what did you expect? Surely you knew there would be a catch somewhere! Sainsbury's have a 2 for £4 deal on now so get moving!

                Is it worth the trauma of facing the cereal aisle?
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                I've come a long way since that first brush with the cereal aisle. I now stroll through it confidently with my eyes firmly locked on the prize. In additional to being a great, healthy way to start the day, it tastes good enough to even fool my 3 year old into thinking it's just regular cereal. The Holy Grail of cereals? It may just be.

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                  21.01.2008 19:33
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                  A decent cereal just overpriced

                  Seems everyone is at it everyone except me that is. With all the fuss over the nations apparent health problems, what with obesity, heart conditions, and of course smoking Kellogg's have jumped on the band wagon and who have they got to hype up their sales none other than Ian Wright, football pundit ex player and all round good guy. He's on a mission to fit up the youngsters and anyone else who cares to participate.

                  Well I'm not really up for all that but I will partake of one of the products which is in the Kellogg range and is supposed to be good for you,.......they are all good for you they all have added nutrition, added vitamins, less salt, less fat so what is the problem. Well actually there isn't one until you read the guidelines and look a little deeper.

                  Special K sustain, keeps you going when others fails, a bit like the cereal version of Heineken. It isn't really anything that special being that it is Special K wheat flakes with rice flakes and a bit of honey add the word sustain con the public and voila you've got another hit version of an ordinary cereal. I'm not slagging off Special k it is a nice tasty cereal in it's own right, and it does fill you a little until you can get your hands on that bacon sarnie.

                  Joking aside I'm all for this cereal for breakfast and trying to omit all those fatty and greasy options we all like to have at least at the week-end, and having done this I have no doubt we will feel better, but can we not al just do it at our own pace instead of getting it shoved down our throats ( pardon the pun ). So extra rice flakes and honey that's the difference that is going to sustain you, when I have a curry with rice, an hour later I'm starving, so unless they substitute the rice for do lopping great chunks of curry flavoured chicken I can't see this seeing me through until lunch, I've a big enough problem trying to do that on three Weetabix. Special K is a good cereal it has a good wheat taste is great with cold milk and is an adequate breakfast but it ain't in a thousand years gonna see me through till proper grub time. I'm also up for the addition of the honey which is a nice little sweetener, I'll glady input those delicious vitamins and nutritions, but the bullshit of it all making you fitter and better I cannot handle anymore.

                  For a 375g packet of this tasty cereal you will be asked to forked out about £2.89 in ASDA or the equivalent of 2 Bacon rolls at the burger bar. So it is quite expensive for what it is, and the recommended portion size of 40g is not what I would consider enough for a working guy like me, so the bowl/price ratio increases the price of MY portion. Another thing to consider is that in all the adverts for products such as this look closely at the bottom of the screen or read the very very small print on the packet. You will now know the full story in order for this miracle cereal to both sustain and delivery the promises it has to be taken as part of a controlled diet..................well stuff that I'm back on the bacon butties ASAP.

                  I'm only recommending this since it is quite tasty and is in fact a not bad breakfast, even if it is as most of Kellogg's products are overpriced.

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                    Breakfast flakes with protein and fibre made by Kelloggs

                    My Mum always said Breakfast was the most important meal of the day. And quite rightly as it has been proved that we work better after food, but eating the right food is important.
                    I used to enjoy Muesli for breakfast until I found the oats upset my stomach after losing part of my bowel when I developed some tumours. Now I eat Special K and have done for several years, so when I spied Kellogg's Special K Sustain on offer at a local supermarket I popped a box in the trolley to try it.

                    Details on the Box.
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                    Kellogg's cereal packets are all quite similar, so it didn't stand out from all the other Special K packets apart from a bright Red foiled K and a small picture of the cereal making it look quite tempting.
                    It is described as "Crunchy brown rice and whole wheat flakes with cereal and honey flavour soy clusters". No mention of oats so I decided to try it at this bargain price.

                    As with all Kellogg's products the give all the facts and figures required. There are 135 calories in a 40g serving, which is 7% of what adults need each day. It is low in sugar 8g and has only 0.8g of fat which is 1% of my needs, but sadly it has 8% of the salt I need. Adding 125ml of semi-skimmed milk boosts the fat to 3g and the calories to 194 but it also contains 10g of protein. By eating a bowl of Sustain it provides me with 50% of the recommended daily allowance of some of the vitamins like thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid and even vitamin C and 25% of iron. So a very useful start to the day.

                    On the back of the box is a photo of the delicious looking cereal the crisp flakes and the crunchy cereal bites, which look like nut clusters. The information states that when you are watching your shape, your next meal can seem like an age away, but having a bowl of Sustain which contains a special combination of protein and fibre will help you feel satisfied for longer, leaving you free to make the most of the morning.

                    The shelf life was about 6 months.

                    Cost
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                    375g packet costs £2.86, compared to £2.55 for the fruit Special K. So there are only 9 portions in a packet, making it about 32p a bowl. I was lucky as mine was on offer.

                    What does it taste like?
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                    The important question! Well I opened the box, weighed out my 40 g and measured my milk as I was determined to try out the test to see if I was sustained!
                    I could hardly wait to try it, so sat down and started eating. I realised eating this for breakfast was going to take some time. Perhaps I hadn't let the milk soften the flakes enough, but these flakes were hard, and were taking quite a bit of chewing. I really wasn't keen, but decided as that was the only cereal I had, I had better keep chewing, and chewing and chewing. No wonder it sustains you, you chew for ages so think you're eating a lot! I found it needed chewing a lot as they don't dissolve as they mix with the saliva in your mouth. I wasn't happy about the taste either, it wasn't as sweet as normal Special K or the one with Peaches and Apricots that I like the most. It reminded me of Ryvita. If I had ever chewed cardboard then I think the taste would be similar!
                    Oh! I found a cluster, now these were tastier, but really hard to eat as the Cereal and honey flavoured soy crisps and soy nuts are quite hard and formed into small pieces, but at least they had a better flavour, and although there was only a little honey it did improve the flavour.

                    Did it Sustain me?
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                    I have to admit it did! I didn't have my usual bread/toast and marmalade, and I lasted until lunch time. My tummy felt full of all that fibre which swelled up and I wasn't tempted to have a biscuit at 11.00am with my coffee!

                    The following day I tried it mixed with some other Special K, and although the chewing was time consuming the added flavour made it more acceptable.

                    A few months on......
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                    I am no longer eating Sustain, my jaws can't cope with all the chewing! And to be truthful I like to enjoy what I'm eating, not just eat something because it will do me good! But I discovered I can still last without eating bread, so the good thing that came out of this, that along with some exercise, I've lost some weight and trimmed my waistline.

                    The bad thing is I need some new clothes now!

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                      I'm sticking to the original from now on!

                      I've always enjoyed eating Kelloggs Special K as a breakfast cereal and have probably been very loyal to the product over the years. I have occasionally tried another cereal but have always returned to Special K as I enjoy the taste and the fact that it is good for you as well. With all of this in mind, I was really looking forward to trying the new Special K Sustain cereal particularly as it promises to fill you up more and curb your appetite between meals! Well this would be a godsend for anyone trying to stick to a diet. That is of course if it works! Read on.....

                      The first thing to mention is that, at least in my local Sainsburys, Special K Sustain only comes in one size of packet which is 375g. This is smaller than the normal Special K packets which are either 500g or 750g. Also, having said this, if you compare prices between the two, the Sustain variety does not come out at all favourably. The 375g packet costs £2.89 whereas the 500g original Special K packet only costs £2.57! Now I might expect to pay a little more for this product but this pricing really does seem out of proportion. Also, it seems that they are trying to fool the shopping public by selling in two different sizes so that the price gap does not seem so bad!

                      Anyway, in my quest to lose weight I was prepared to pay the extra, and if it worked it would be money well spent I thought. So I duly bought a packet of Sustain with my weekly shop. On the packet it states its claim very boldly - 'A special balance of fibre and protein to help keep your hunger at bay!' It then details all the usual amounts of calories, fat, etc. It tells you that for a 40g portion there are 135 calories, 8g sugar, 0.8g fat and 0.5g salt. These are all reasonable and compare well with the original Special K although it is difficult to make a direct comparison as with that we are given details for a 30g portion.

                      This led me to think 'Hang on a minute! Are they saying that a typical serving of Sustain is actually 10g more (or a third) of the original? Well, if this is the case, it is more likely to sustain you for longer isn't it??

                      Anyway moving on to the actual product.. When you pour it out into a bowl it does look pretty similar to the Special K I am used to but not quite! The wheaty flakes are similar in their size, sort of oval shape and ruffled texture, but they seem to be shinier suggesting they are coated in something! They probably look more attractive but unfortunately this does not lead to a better taste experience! I was so disappointed when I took my first mouthful. I was expecting something similar to the original wheaty Special k taste that I really enjoy, but this was nothing like that. To me it felt a bit like eating tasteless cardboard - not an enjoyable experience at all! Actually when you look at the list of ingredients it is not very surprising that they taste so different as most of the ingredients are different from the original. The main ones are wholewheat and brown rice and then there are cereal and honey flavour soy clusters. Now I'm a bit baffled as to exactly what this means but it doesn't sound particularly appetising but I wondered whether it's this that contributes to the shiny coating.

                      So so far, I'm feeling a bit disgruntled about the price, particularly as with 40 gram portions I'll get through the packet really quickly. Also, I'm not enjoying the taste, but I'm still thinking that if it does what it states on the packet and stops me being hungry all morning, I'll go with it! After all, as they say - No Pain, No Gain!' So did it work, I hear you asking. Did I manage to get through all morning without wanting a snack of some sort? Well in a word - NO! By ten o'clock I was starting to feel hungry and by ten thirty I was desperately trying to stop myself snacking. To say I was disappointed is a huge understatement. I have also tried the cereal more than once and the result is always the same - I'm just not full up enough! Now I'm not saying that other people will all feel the same, but for me it just didn't work! So in future, just give me the normal Special K I know and love!

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                      Special K Sustain has a special balance of protein and fibre to help you keep satisfied for longer leaving you free to make the most of your morning.