Calorielab informs us that granola, an often revered health food, may sometimes contain not-so-healthy ingredients:
Often considered the quintessential health food, granola has had quite a following for decades. While this crunchy morning treat can be healthful, dieters should be aware that it is just that — a treat.
Multiple forms of sugar (honey, evaporated cane juice, even high fructose corn syrup), nuts, and myriad add-ins make for quite the calorie-dense breakfast.
What to do at the supermarket:
Scan those ingredient lists carefully! Many brands contain high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils. To avoid unnatural ingredients such as these, it is best to buy organic varieties.
Keep an eye on both sugar and fat content. Unless the fat comes from healthful nuts and seeds, varieties with five grams of fat or fewer per serving are optimal. Sugar content ranges widely, but stick with 10 grams or less per serving.