There are two things you should watch out for when buying granola, fiber and sugar. If you’re not paying attention to these two things you could wind up buying a sugary carb heavy mess, topping in around 400 calories a serving.
Melissa O’Shea, MS, RD, says sugar is hidden in granola under the guise of “evaporated cane juice, molasses, brown rice syrup, [and] oat syrup solids”. Look out for these ingredients and make sure you’re not getting more than 8 g of sugar per serving.
Yes, you will notice that I am harping on about sugar quite a bit in this post, and that’s because most of us consume way too much of it. It’s easy to do when it’s hidden in many food items, including so called ‘healthy’ foods. The World Health Organization recommends that for optimal health it’s best to keep your sugar intake to less than 5% per day, or 25 g (6 teaspoons).
4. Flavored instant oatmeal
Don’t be fooled by thinking instant flavored oatmeal is healthy for you; it’s not. You have to use steel cut or old fashioned rolled oats to get the most nutrition out of oatmeal, plain and simple.
Instant oats fall on the highest end of the glycemic index, around an 83. That’s not too far off from a white bagel which is a 72. While regular old fashioned oatmeal comes in around a 55, a low glycemic index.
If you want healthy oatmeal, but don’t have the time to make it every morning.