Be Careful Grabbing a Granola Bar

joshbezoniGranola, which is ultimately comprised of nuts and oats, is, in its purest form, a tasty and healthy snack. However, the food industry has transformed what is supposed to be a healthy alternative into what often amounts to little more than a candy bar. Almost all commercially prepared granola is loaded with sugar, calorie-dense dried fruits, inflammatory oils, and additives. Additionally, granola packs a surprisingly large calorie punch. If you don’t know what an appropriate serving size is (hint: it is smaller than you might think), then you could easily be overeating and not even know it.

Even store-bought “low fat” granola can contain as much as 14 grams of sugar per serving. Even organic brands can be inundated with this much sweetener. All this, on top of the fact that the sugar being used is refined, and often is a combination of different types. A typical serving is also about one half-cup, likely far less that it takes to fill up the bowls often used when pouring. Granola bars are just as bad, if not worse,because they often include high-fructose corn syrup. Because the snack offers little to no protein or fiber, the high glycemic carbs will not fill you for long, leading to more snacking.

For this reason, BioTrust Organic Protein products (like bars or cookies) are often preferable to almost any granola treat. They offer essential nutrients like protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They also maintain a delicious flavor it help prevent food cravings. Nutritionally speaking, the right mix of proteins, healthy fats, and fiber help control blood sugar and insulin levels. This, in turn, can help you shed pounds and improve your overall health!