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Oatiflakes was recently developed by Weetabix due to increasing interest in the benefits of Oats. Ingredients --------------- The ingredients include wholegrain oats, maltodextrin, oat bran, sugar, malted barley extract. salt, potassium chloride and vitamins. Nutritional Information ---------------------------- Oatiflakes contain..... 381 kcal 9.5g protein 73.2g carbohydrate 5.6g fat 6.2g fibre 0.1g sodium 0.3g salt equivalent Packaging ------------- The packaging is a traditional recyclable(thumbs up) cereal box with a white plastic bag inside. It is bright and colourful, as packaging should be, and uses a heart presumably to symbolise healthy hearts. Taste ------- Personally, I think oatiflakes taste quite bland and could be alot sweeter, but they are a healthy cereal, and if you add fruit that can give them alot more flavour. Or you could just buy the version that comes with fruit....
It seems there is a never ending growth in the range of breakfast cereals on the supermarket shelves these days. Life was very simple when I was a child and there were few options - in recent years there seems to have been a huge explosion in choice. Not for me the sugary sweet cereals detined to appeal to the children's market. I want something more adult which promises to help me in my quest to stay healthy so I was quite interested when I spotted a packet of Oatiflakes on the shelf. They looked expensive at £2.58 for 550g but then I spotted the 'buy one get one free' label and I decided to pick up a packet. Their boast is that they are wholegrain, high in fibre, low in saturated fat and that natural oats can help to lower cholesterol. This sounded good so, like a good consumer, I read the back of the packet. The nutritional information told me that there was the following Nutrition per serving per 100g ( a 'normal serving' is considered to be 30g) Energy (Kilojoules) - 1613kJ Energy (Calories) - 381kcal Protein - 9.5g Carbohydrate - 73.2g (of which sugars) - 14.3g Fat - 5.6g (of which saturates) - 0.9g Fibre - 6.2g (soluble) - 3.5g (insoluble) - 2.7g Sodium - 0.1g Salt Equivalent - 0.3g Vitamins Thiamin (B1) - 1.2mg Niacin - 15.3mg Folic Acid - 170µg Riboflavin (B2) - 1.4mg Pantothenic Acid (B5) - 5.1g Vitamin B6 - 1.7g Vitamin B12 - 0.9µg Minerals Iron - 11.9g This was interesting and told me that although there is some added sugar and salt the amounts are not excessive. In fact the ingredients list looks like this: Wholegrain Oats (63%), Maltodextrin, Sugar, Oat bran (10%), Malted Barley Extract, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Niacin, Iron, Pantothenic Acid (B5), Thiamin (B1), Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12. Rather surprisingly I discovered that this cereal is not suitable for vegetarians, vegans or kosher and although it does not contain nuts it can be unsuitable for people with a gluten problem or an allergy to milk products. However as I don't fit into any of these categories I was happy to put a box into my shopping trolley and take it home to see how it actually tasted. I should say there are two options in this range - plain Oatiflakes and a variety with Raisin, Cranberry & Blackcurrant. I settled for the plain variety as although they were both priced the same the fruit variety was a smaller packet! (450g) How did they taste? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As you pour them into the bowl they look similar to cornflakes but more bulky. I poured milk over them and dived in with the spoon. They are quite pleasant and although I felt they were quite bland at first as I worked my way through the bowl I soon started to enjoy them. They do become more interesting if you add a sliced banana or a handful of dried fruit but they are quite acceptable plain. They did leave me feeling quite full and not looking for a mid-morning snack which was encouraging so for anyone trying to watch their weight they could be useful (but you do still need willpower to resist). It is certainly a tasty breakfast cereal well worth considering if you are looking for something oaty and it should help a little if you are trying to control your cholesterol. It is made by Weetabix which is a respected brand so I was confident that the quality should be good. Would I recommend it? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Yes I would if you want an oat cereal. To be honest they are not as delicious as Optivita nor as crispy and crunchy but they do make a pleasant change and to be honest they are probably better for you. This section of the cereal market seems to be growing quite a bit at the moment as more and more people look for oats rather than wheat for their breakfast. Certainly worth a try - especially as they seem to be on offer at the moment. Whether I would pay full price for them is debatable but maybe by the time I finish both packets I will have become addicted? If I haven't I will let you know what I try next! (C) laramax 2007
Breakfast Cereals. Natural wholegrain oats are a great source of energy and fibre, making Oatiflakes a breakfast that helps to keep you going until lunch.