Bran Beautiful Bran

Okay, I can’t help myself. I have to talk about bran today!

I have always known that bran is “good” for you, but just kind of always left it at that, until recently.

About a month or so ago, my boyfriend Dustin had a craving for his old childhood favorite cereal Kellogg’s Raisin Bran. At first, I turned my nose up to it, because all I could think of were those little sugarcoated raisins that I remember from my own childhood experience, and I was not interested in eating a bowl full of sugarcoated raisins for breakfast.

The next morning, as I sat and watched Dustin consume his bowl of bran flakes with raisins (and yes, the raisins did have sugar surrounding their already natural sweetness) I could not help but start feeling drawn to pouring my own bowl full. I have to tell you, it was yummy! It was so good that I went out and bought my own box of raisin bran, but a more natural brand. I have been hooked ever since. I now include half of a sliced banana and a palm full of sliced almonds…even yummier.

Now, it’s a month later and I am still craving it every morning, and honestly, not to get graphic or anything, but I have not been so “regular” in I don’t know how long….

Wheat bran is considered one of the best sources of dietary fiber. It also contains B-complex vitamins, protein, and trace minerals.

Having fiber in your diet can help alleviate bowel conditions such as constipation, hemorrhoids, and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as stomach cancer. Fiber has also been shown to help lower blood pressure.

I don’t know about you, but I am going to continue eating my raisin bran for breakfast because not only is it keeping me regular, but it also has all the additional health benefits. Think I might try making some bran muffins too. Anybody have a good recipe?

Sources:

WebMD

Roehl, Evelyn. Whole Foods Facts, The Complete Reference Guide. Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 1988

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