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Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar Cereal Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Jan 7, 2009

Quaker Oatmeal SquaresQuaker says, "Our Brown Sugar Oatmeal Squares are made from whole grain Quaker Oats and contain all the soluble fiber of a pouch of Quaker Instant Oatmeal." Practically every surface of the box talks about how the Quaker Oatmeal Squares can be an important part of a heart healthy diet because of the soluble fiber content. On the top is a an endorsement from the American Heart Association, and the front reads "Oatmeal helps reduce cholesterol!" Basically, soluble fiber can reduce levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), and oats have a lot of soluble fiber. According to the specifics on the box front, each serving has 1 gram of soluble fiber from the oats per serving, which is more than 30% of the daily amount recommended.

Each cereal square is fairly large, but what strikes me is the denseness of each square. The cereal pieces have depth with the actual cereal material filling in each piece instead of air. The squares are hard and crunchy and have just the right amount of sweetness, or as they say on the box, "a hint of brown sugar." I really liked the taste and I also love the fact that this cereal can act as a standalone snack.

One serving of Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar (1 cup) provides 210 calories, 2.5 grams of total fat, which is broken down to 0.5 grams of saturated fat and 1 gram each of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat, and there is no cholesterol. There are 250 mg of sodium (11% of the daily recommendations), 6 grams of protein and 44 grams of carbohydrates, including 5 grams of dietary fiber (19% of the daily recommendations) and 10 grams sugars.

I love the taste and texture of this cereal, and the nutritional value is good, although it's not one of the lowest calorie cereals we have reviewed. However, this cereal is kind of pricey, and I don't think I have ever seen it on sale. I paid $4.69 for a 16 ounce box with 8 servings at Kroger. Quaker Oatmeal Squares are a more fun, perhaps tastier way of getting some healthy oats in your diet, so the price may be worth it to some.

Rating
Taste: 5
Nutrition: 4
Price: 3
Overall: 4
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