Review: Quaker High Fiber

by Jenn (eating bender) on October 10, 2008

It’s the weekend! I saw from the comments in my last post that many of you have awesome plans. Niice 8) I’m hanging out with Bobby and some of his friends tonight, so that should be…interesting! But what I’m really looking forward to is tomorrow’s football game and the chance that we will still be undefeated! Knock on wood.

As you all know from last week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient contest, I was recently contacted by a representative from Quaker to receive some samples of their new High Fiber products. I’ve had a chance to try everything out now, so I thought a formal review was in order!

Quaker High Fiber

I found some more information about these new products here. All of the quotes used in my review are from that site.

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Maple & Brown Sugar High Fiber Instant Oatmeal

Description:

“Each serving of High Fiber Cinnamon Swirl Quaker Instant Oatmeal provides you with 40% of the recommended daily value of fiber* combined with the comforting flavor of maple & brown sugar in every bite!”

*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients:

WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, MALTODEXTRIN, SUGAR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, GUAR GUM, OAT FLOUR, SUCRALOSE, NIACINAMIDE*, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, REDUCED IRON, CARAMEL COLOR, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE*, RIBOFLAVIN*, THIAMIN MONONITRATE*, FOLIC ACID*.

*ONE OF THE B VITAMINS

Review:

If you’ve tried the regular Maple & Brown Sugar oatmeal packets before, you’ll find that this tastes just as yummy! This flavor is my favorite out of all the instant oatmeals. However, I am always slightly disappointed when I see sucralose (aka Splenda) on the ingredients list. Especially when it’s not specifically labeled as a “lower sugar” product. That said, these oatmeal packets are great for rushed mornings when you want something that cooks up quick in the microwave and will sustain you for a long period of time. I’ve also found that Quaker instant oatmeal is the least likely to explode in the microwave, which makes me a happy camper! I have no idea why that is, but I’m not complaining.

Nutrition Information (1 packet):

  • 160 calories
  • 2g fat
  • 34g carbohydrates
  • 10g fiber
  • 4g protein

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Cinnamon Swirl High Fiber Instant Oatmeal

Description:

“Each serving of High Fiber Cinnamon Swirl Quaker Instant Oatmeal provides you with 40% of the recommended daily value of fiber* combined with the rich flavor of cinnamon in every bite!”

*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients:

WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, MALTODEXTRIN, SUGAR, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, CINNAMON, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, GUAR GUM, OAT FLOUR, SOY LECITHIN, SUCRALOSE, NIACINAMIDE*, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, REDUCED IRON, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE*, CARAMEL COLOR, RIBOFLAVIN*, THIAMIN MONONITRATE*, FOLIC ACID*.

*ONE OF THE B VITAMINS

CONTAINS SOY INGREDIENTS.

Review:

This was my first experience with the Cinnamon Swirl flavor. I really liked how you could see the pieces of cinnamon in the oatmeal, as shown above. As far as taste goes, it definitely reminded me of a Cinnabon – remember those?! – and was very sweet. In fact, if I have anything bad to say about this flavor – other than the sucralose – it would be that it was almost too sweet. It doesn’t really make sense because it has essentially the same ingredients as Maple & Brown Sugar, but perhaps it caught me on an off day. Overall, this flavor is again a great way to get a quick and filling breakfast that keeps you fueled for hours. I would recommend adding something to dilute the sweetness – perhaps a bit of protein powder, cottage cheese or pumpkin, since those are the trends in the blogosphere these days!

Nutrition Information (1 packet):

  • 160 calories
  • 2g fat
  • 34g carbohydrates
  • 10g fiber
  • 4g protein

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Maple Brown Sugar High Fiber Quaker Oatmeal to Go

Description:

“Maple Brown Sugar High Fiber Quaker Oatmeal to Go has the rich, delicious flavor of maple brown sugar and 40% of the daily recommended value of fiber* baked into every delicious, moist square. Finally, a breakfast that is ready to go when you are.”

*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients:

WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, INULIN (SOURCED FROM THE CHICORY ROOT), OAT BRAN CONCENTRATE, RICE FLOUR, SUGAR, OAT FLOUR, POLYDEXTROSE, MARGARINE (PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL**, SOYBEAN OIL, WATER, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL**, SALT, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA [A PRESERVATIVE], ANNATTO COLOR, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, VITAMIN A PALMITATE), MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, GLYCERIN, CORN SYRUP, DRIED WHOLE EGGS, MALTED BARLEY EXTRACT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, WATER, SALT, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SORBITOL, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CANE MOLASSES, CANE SYRUP, SODIUM BICARBONATE, MALT (CONTAINS BARLEY, SOY, AND WHEAT), CORN FLOUR, MALIC ACID, SODIUM ALGINATE, ENZYME MODIFIED SOY PROTEIN, NATURAL MIXED TOCOPHEROLS, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, POTASSIUM SORBATE (A PRESERVATIVE), NIACINAMIDE*, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, REDUCED IRON, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE*, RIBOFLAVIN*, THIAMIN MONONITRATE*, BHT (PRESERVATIVE), FOLIC ACID*.

*ONE OF THE B VITAMINS

Review:

I was a little skeptical of this bar from the get-go because not only is the ingredient list a mile long, it also features an ingredient we have recently become very familiar with thanks to Heather: HFCS. It’s also pretty small considering the nutritional value – maybe 1/2 to 3/4 the size of your average Clif bar, yet equal in calories. The icing also looked a bit painted on. Ok, so that’s the bad. The good news is that it tasted just like the Maple & Brown Sugar instant oatmeal but in a hardened bar form. I heated it up in the microwave for 10 seconds as the package suggested and it turned pretty soft and warm. But of course, just because it tastes good, it doesn’t mean I’m going to eat it all the time. I think I’d much rather get more bang for my buck with a Clif bar or, you know, perhaps just some real oatmeal! But hey, 2 out of 3 isn’t bad, right?

Nutrition Information (1 bar):

  • 210 calories
  • 4g fat
  • 43g carbohydrates
  • 10g fiber
  • 4g protein

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I hope this review will be helpful if you come across these new products in stores. Thanks again to Quaker for the samples – now get that HFCS and sucralose out of there and you will have one satisfied customer!! Don’t get me wrong though – your old-fashioned oats are the BEST.EVER!

I’m off to hang out with boys. In a boy’s apartment. Oy 😉 Hope you all enjoy your Friday night!!

1 krista (kristaskravings) October 10, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Thanks for the great review! I’ll have to keep my eye out for the Cinnamon Swirl…I love anything with cinnamon in it! Have a great weekend!

2 Hangry Pants October 10, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Thanks for the reviews, Jenn. I used to only eat maple and brown sugar quaker oats pack, so it’s very familiar to me! Very yummy. Now though, I’m so used to eating my own oatmeal that I am sure I would be overtaken by the sweetness. Too bad those bars have so many questionable ingredients. I could think of so many other things to eat in a pinch.

Great review though! Very thorough. :)

3 maggie October 10, 2008 at 6:54 pm

I totally agree about old-fashioned oats being the best!

I’m hanging out with my Bobby tonight – I think we’re gonna walk to a nice vegetarian restaurant about 2 miles away…

have a great night!

4 Erin October 10, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Thanks for reviewing those! I’m w/ you, I just want the rolled oats, ya herd?
A boy’s apt? SCARY!

5 VeggieGirl October 10, 2008 at 7:41 pm

Thank goodness that at least 2 out of 3 of the products were worthy of your time/stomach capacity – hooray!! Great reviews :-)

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!!! **knocks on wood, about the football game**

6 Megan October 10, 2008 at 7:48 pm

I am so glad you did this review. I have been tempted to buy the oatmeal, but the sucralose gets me every time and I place it back on the shelf. Maybe I will buy a box and treat myself once a week.

7 glidingcalm October 10, 2008 at 8:33 pm

loved the reviews (as always)!

those packets look like they might be great for traveling to skating competitions!

have a great night Jenn! have fun with the boys!

8 Christie October 11, 2008 at 5:45 am

Thanks for the review.. its amazing how many products they add splenda too.. I went to buy wraps yesterday and spotted sucrolose in the ingredients… totally unneccisary !

9 wholefoodswholeme October 11, 2008 at 6:59 am

mabe they will send them over to the UK at some point! even though i’m actually trying to cut down my fibre….haha. looks really yummy though, and love your well-written reviews!

10 Grounded Fitness October 11, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Ive always been skeptical to try those bars, too. Even if they have a ton of fiber- im more sensitive to sugar, and will starving two minutes later.

Kelly Turner
http://www.groundedfitness.com

11 london October 11, 2008 at 1:42 pm

i cant believe the bars have trans fat , quacker should stop using partially hydrogenated oils and look for a healthy substitue

12 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm

Great product reviews!

13 Fit Bottomed Girls October 12, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Thanks for the review! I like that those have more fiber, but I agree with you on the splenda.

Not a bad pick in a pinch though!

14 Katie October 12, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I really admire the way that companies come to you and ask you to review their products on your blog. In a sad attempt to diffuse my jealousy (haha) I have started reaching out to companies and asking for free samples. Pathetic, I know, but it’s worked well so far!

15 ChocolateCoveredVegan October 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm

I stay away from products with sucralose, splenda, etc too… but I love those plain old au-naturel Quaker oats :o). Gotta love the guy in the blue hat!

16 Erica October 12, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Hope you enjoyed the football! Thank you for all of the wonderful reviews. I need to start being more concious of the HFCS (even though the commercial says its fine to eat ;))- I always forget to look!

17 Alen July 30, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Check out http://www.proteinjudge.com for protein powder and protein bar reviews.

18 ESK April 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Buyer beware! If you read the box of the Quaker High-Fiber Oatmeal very carefully, you’ll see that only 1 gram of soluble fiber comes from oatmeal. I believe the rest comes from guar gum. Only the oatmeal souble fiber has been shown to reduce cholesterol and you need at least 3 grams of it. If you want more oatmeal soluble fiber, try oat bran cereal. – E S K

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