Is Granola Healthy?
Granola is a popular breakfast food that also doubles as the ultimate snack, perfect for mid-morning munches at work or tummy rumbles on hillside hikes — but is it healthy? We’ve got the lowdown here.
What is in granola?
Granola is a type of loose breakfast cereal that contains a mixture of grains such as rolled oats, dried fruit such as raisins and cranberries, nuts, seeds and added sweetener such as honey or golden syrup.
Is granola vegan?
Not all granola is vegan, despite the fact it contains many fruits and grains. This is because honey can often be used as a sweetener and binder in granola clusters, so if on a plant-based diet, always check the label to see whether it is suitable.
Does granola have nutritional value?
Granola is a great source of fibre and protein, especially those with nuts and seeds. If the granola contains oats, it will also contain minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium, as well as vitamins E and B.
Is granola healthy?
It depends on what type you are having. Granola can range from being unsweetened to having sweeteners added, which means the calories per serving depends on what type you have. Generally though, look at labels for the quantity of added sugar and salt too if you’re looking for a healthier granola.
And if you want to try making your own, (that way you can control how much of everything you add in!) check out our recipe here.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.