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Granola

✨Healthy Food That Might Not Be So Healthy✨ Granola is often promoted as a healthy choice for breakfast or a snack, but is it really?

Most granolas contain oats.
Oats are:
1️⃣Both soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble helps lower cholesterol and the insoluble helps with your intestinal health.
2️⃣They are rich in antioxidants. Oats are the only source of a unique group of antioxidants called avenathramides, which have protective effects against heart disease.
3️⃣Provides important minerals like thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, iron, copper, and more.
4️⃣Has a protein in it called avenalin, which is not found in any other grain.
5️⃣ Helps lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar.
6️⃣Increases growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract.
All info above is from Pub Med February 2015
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The problem is:
❌some packaged granolas can contain up to 24g of added sugars and 12 g of unhealthy oils in 1 cup! That amount of sugar rivals that in a piece of cake!
❌some have corn syrup.
❌some have caramel color. (Some types of this artificial coloring contain a potentially carcinogenic chemical called 4-methylimidazole. Consumer Reports)
❌some are made with canola oil, or vegetable oil. This can contribute to inflammation.
❌many have oats that have been sprayed with glyphosate.
❌some have natural flavors. This isn’t terribly bad, but granola shouldn’t need more additives.
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Starting your day with sugar can sabotage your psychological health. There is a parallel between sugar intake and mood. It can exacerbate and trigger depression and contribute to anxiety and irritability. (Neufeld KM, Kang N, Bienenstock J, Foster JA. Neurogastroent Motil 2011)
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👉🏻When looking for a granola look for:
1. What oil is in it.
2. How much sugar it has, and what the sugar is.
3. If the oats are organic.
4. If there are any unnecessary fillers.
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👍🏻Best choice: Homemade is inexpensive, easy to make and delicious! The one posted is one of my favorites!