Why Is Granola so Fattening?

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Most commercial granola preparations have more than 12.5 grams of sugar per 100 gram serving, placing them a highly sugary category of foods, reports the Daily Mail. Most granolas are also very high in fat and calories per serving. Fox News agrees, reporting that granola can be very fattening because it is laden with fats, sugar and calories.

According to the Free Dictionary, granola is mixture of rolled oats and other ingredients, such as brown sugar, dried fruits, and nuts. It is commonly eaten as a breakfast food.

Jillian Michaels' Live Well defends the healthy properties of granola. Granola is a whole-grain food with oats in it. Whole-grains have beneficial health effects, and granola also contains fiber, which has beneficial health effects. The fiber content of granola can be increased by buying high-fiber versions or by adding extra fiber. Granola can also provide essential nutrients to the diet, especially if fortified versions are ingested. Granola can contribute to health by encouraging the consumption of breakfast, which is thought to improve the overall diet as well as the ability to function optimally throughout the morning. However, Live Well suggests looking for low-sugar versions of granola and being careful to limit portion size, because granola is often higher in calories per portion than other breakfast foods.