Cascadian Farm Organic Flax Right Pomegranate Raspberry Clusters Cereal Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Nov 21, 2009

Cascadian Farm Organic Flax Right Pomegranate Raspberry Clusters CerealWalking down the cereal aisle is a must whenever I enter a grocery store, even if I am just running in for one thing. Call me a cereal-holic, but nothing gives me greater pleasure (when I'm in the store), than spotting a new variety. I've been known to slightly nudge people out of the way so I can get a closer look. When I see impressive nutritional stats, I know it's coming home with me, and that's how I ended up with Cascadian Farm Organic Flax Right Pomegranate Raspberry Clusters.

Serving Size: 1 piece (54 grams)
Calories: 210
Total Fat: 2 grams, 2%
Saturated Fat: 0%
Sodium: 190 mg, 8%
Carbohydrates: 45 grams
Fiber: 4 grams, 16%
Sugar: 8 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Price: $2.99 (8.5 oz).

I was totally excited to pour myself a bowl splashed with some Silk Soymilk with Fiber, but when I scooped up a mouthful, I felt the beginning of some major disappointment coming my way. The clusters (composed primarily of pomegranate-raspberry juice, flax and oats) are about the size of a pea, which means they don't offer much flavor when masked by the larger Multigrain squares. The ratio of "clusters" to squares is about 1:3, which explains why the slight sweetness of the clusters is almost nonexistent. In fact, I don't taste much of a difference from a simple bowl of Cascadian Farm Multigrain Squares (which I really like). Furthermore, by the time I reached the end of my bowl, I had about 1/3 cup of cereal left, with no pea-sized clusters in site (I guess my ratio was a bit off but what's important it that I need more clusters)!

Each 1 cup serving of Cascadian Farm Organic Flax Right Pomegranate Raspberry Clusters Cereal provides 210 calories (pretty respectable for a dense cereal with granola-like clusters), 16% of the daily value for fiber, 8 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein, plus 25% of the DV for iron. The ingredient list is short and to the point, containing flax seeds, which provide 10% of the RDA for ALA-Omega 3, but there is no dried fruit, just dried pomegranate (and cranberry) juice concentrate.

I paid $2.99 for Cascadian Farm Organic Flax Right Pomegranate Raspberry Clusters at Kroger; and while I enjoyed the bowl, it was nothing like what I was expecting it to be and I didn't detect much of any pomegranate or raspberry flavor (unless I ate one single cluster straight from the box). I would buy this cereal again (on sale), now that I know what I am getting myself into, but I think the name needs to be changed though because it is deceiving.

Taste: 3
Nutrition: 4
Price: 4
Overall: 3
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