Skipping the entire cereal aisle to pick up some natural, wholesome granola at the grocery store probably makes youfeel healthy and on top of your diet. I mean, granola is basically just oats, right?
Well, its more than that. Its oats, yes, but most brands throw a lot of sugar in there, too.
If you look closely at the nutrition facts label, youll see eating granola is just as bad as eating chocolate cake for breakfast.
If you dont care about your sugar intake, all power to you! Sugar is proven to be the root of many health problems, especially later in life, but you just keep doingwhat works.
For everyone else, when youre eating cake, what the calories you intake consist of matters just as much as the actual number of calories, and its no different when it comes to granola.
Heres how it breaks down:
One serving size of chocolate cake with frosting is 2.25 ounces (1/8 of an 18-ounce cake) and contains 235 calories.
Two hundred and thirty-fivedoesnt sound that bad if youre counting calories (and can eat an exact 2.25-ounce slice of cake Who does that?), but it doesnt have much going for it health-wise. Cake is chock-full of sugar, sodium andfat.
Now, compare those numbers to the calories and sugar in these popular granola brands youve probably eaten before:
Nature ValleyOats n Honey Protein Granola
This brand has210 calories in a 1/2 cup serving and 12 grams of sugar. This is one of my favorite granola brands, but I stopped buying it when I realized it was basically dessert.
Bear NakedVnilla Almond Fit Granola
Bear Nakeds vanilla granola has120 calories in 1/4 cup and 4 grams of sugar.
OK, but who eats just 1/4 cup when other granola serving sizes are 1/2 or 1/3 of a cup? This is how brands fool people on their nutrition labels. I would think of this as a 240-calorie granola for sure.
Natures Path Flax Plus Vanilla Almond Granola
Youll find250 calories in 3/4 cup and 10 grams of sugar in this granola. This is definitely a larger and more realistic serving size, but it has more calories than a slice of cake!
Dont let the flax plus on the box fool you. While there are certainly some healthy aspects to granola, like the fact that its a good source of fiber, its true health value is revealed on the back of the box.
365 Everyday Value Organic Oat & Honey Granola
This Whole Foods brand contains240 calories in just 1/2 cup and 14 grams of sugar. Damn. Thats bad.
This is one of the many products that proves Whole Foods isnt as healthy as you think!
Quaker Simply Granola: Oats, Honey, Raisins& Almonds
This variety has210 calories in 1/2 cup and 13 grams of sugar.
Quakers granola is just as bad as its flavored oatmeal. Thats why plain is always the way to go.
OK, so as you can see, every brand has a different serving size.
Plus, how often do youreally take out a measuring cup before pouring yourself a bowl of granola and dumping milk or yogurt on it for breakfast? Probably never,unless youre a health freak like me who also measures out serving sizes for ice cream.
If you pick up a box of granola, look closely at the nutrition label.If youre seeing high sugar and calorie quantities in the nutrition facts, you might want to pick up another box or just make your own at home.
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