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Kashi U Cereal Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | May 5, 2009
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Kashi U CerealBy all accounts, Kashi U cereal sounds great - it supposedly promotes cardio nourishment with omega 3's and B vitamins; boosts immunity with vitamins A, C, and E; strengthens your body with calcium and vitamin D; makes you "thrive inside" with fiber and prebiotics; and provides mental sustenance with whole grains.

In terms of taste, however, I didn't think this cereal was spectacular. I liked the grainy flakes, lightly sweetened oat clusters, and satisfying walnuts, but I found the tangy black currants to be too tangy and overpowering (then again, I'm not the biggest fan of fruit in cereal). I could have done without the change in milk color, too - this stuff turned my milk blue! I ended up picking out the currants, and found that I enjoyed the cereal much more after doing that. It definitely stayed crunchy in milk, and Kashi struck a good balance between sweet and hearty.

With all those nutritional claims on the box of Kashi U cereal, it's no wonder that the ingredient list is so long. Those wholesome ingredients make for some good nutritional stats though. A 1 cup serving has 200 calories, 3.5 grams of fat (no saturated or trans fats, and 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat and 0.5 grams of monounsaturated fat), 125 mg of sodium (5% of the RDA), 7 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein, and RDA values of 50% for vitamins A, C and E, 20% for calcium, 6% for iron, 25% for vitamin D, 100% for vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid, and 50% for zinc. This cereal may be on the high side calorie-wise, but with the other benefits - high fiber, a good amount of protein and lots of vitamins and minerals.

One major plus to this cereal is that the box is "printed with compostable, soy-based inks, is 100% recycled and contains 80% post-consumer recycled content, and is printed by a company that offsets its electricity use with clean wind power." How's that for clean living?! However, it did cost $4.99 a box, which is reaching my upper limit for cereal (again, I live in New York City, where everything is marked up). My bottom line: this is pretty good (better without the currants), but it can't take the place of other cereals like Kashi GoLean and GoLean Crunch! in my heart.

Rating
Taste: 3.5
Nutrition: 4
Price: 35
Overall: 3.5
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