The Myth About Granola: Why Granola Is Not As Healthy As You Think It Is

Blog Nutrition & Recipes The Myth About Granola: Why Granola Is Not As Healthy As You Think It Is

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11.19.2019 0 comments

As you look for more ways to infuse healthy whole grains into your diet, you may consider making the switch to granola as your morning cereal—or a granola bar as an afternoon snack. However, before you begin adding granola to your daily diet, you must learn the truth about granola.

What Is The Sugar Content?

Even organic granola, that contains seemingly “healthy” ingredients—often has just as much, or more sugar as cereals such as Frosted Flakes, or even a can of soda! While the sugar may come from natural sugar sources such as honey or dried fruit—sugar is sugar. Before you select a granola for your daily diet, take a close look at the sugar content.

What Is The Calorie Content?

Before you pour your “healthy” granola into your bowl, take a look at the serving size. Since granola is more dense than a traditional cereal, your serving size should be much smaller—particularly if it contains high calorie ingredients such as nuts. Before you fill your bowl up to your usual amount of cereal, read the label to see what the suggested serving size is—or your healthy morning granola will be far more calories than you require.

Is It Really Natural?

Although the granola you select contains rolled oats, nuts, and dried fruit—the added ingredients that make your granola taste so good, may not be natural. To ensure that your ingredients are void of harmful chemical additives, opt for organic granola—or make your granola at home.

Can You Still Eat Granola?

You certainly can add granola to your daily or weekly diet, you just have to be mindful of its ingredients, sugar content, and serving size. Now that you know the truth about granola, consider adding it to your diet with the tips below.

  • Add 1-2 tablespoons to yogurt to boost the fiber and protein content.

  • Eat a ½ cup of granola in the morning with fresh fruit or vegetable juice

  • Pack small containers with ¼ to ½ cup of granola to take with you for an afternoon snack.

  • Make your own granola at home to ensure that the ingredients are healthy, and the sugar content is low.

Whether speaking of cereal or granola bars, many food manufacturers try to make their granola taste better by adding chemicals and sugars. The truth about granola, is that it can still taste good—and be healthy.

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