Granola packs a punch in more ways than one. Let’s take a quick dive into the mighty punch this calorically dense quick bite boasts
The simplest variety of granola is a toasted mixture of rolled oats, nuts, and a sweetener like honey, maple syrup or sugar. However, it can also include other grains, spices, fruit, chocolate, oils and nut butters. With such diverse variations also come a list of potent benefits and downsides when thinking about leaning into granola. Some of these include
- Great Source of fiber
- Tends to provide quite a bit of satiety due to it’s protein and fiber content
- Could improve blood pressure due to high fiber ingredients
- Could Reduce chocolesteol levels due to the inclusion of oats. Oats are a solid source of beta gluten, a type of fiber that works to reduce total and LDL cholesterol levels.
- Could Reduce blood sugar level when seeds, and oats are included
- Has been found to increase levels of healthy gut bacteria compared with refined breakfast cereals
- Including the likes of coconut, chia seeds, Brazil nuts provide inflammation fighting antioxidants.
- Easy Grab-n-go option
- Calories can add up quickly so it’s important to think about portion sizes and composition of granola
- Sugar content can be quite high in many store bought or homemade granolas. Some have nearly 17g of sugar in a single serving. Since many consume more than a standard portion size the sugar intake can be quite high when not measuring or choosing mindfully. This increase can increase risk of many conditions. choose wisely and measure