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 Is Neil Diamond Correct About Granola?

There are two types of people in the world.  Those that like Neil Diamond songs and those that don’t.   I am in the category that very much enjoy him and his songs.  In 1971 he came out with a song called “Crunchy Granola Suite” and the song describes how a man who previously suffered through all sorts of hang-ups has found solace with his newfound adherence to the stereotypical California, macrobiotic, granola, health food lifestyle.

So, inspired by Neil Diamond, let’s talk “Granola”.  Granola is usually considered a healthy breakfast cereal. It’s a toasted mixture of rolled oats, nuts, and a sweetener like sugar or honey, though it can also include other grains, puffed rice, dried fruit, seeds, spices, and nut butters. Yet, some ingredients — such as chocolate, oils, and syrups — may be high in added sugars and fats. 

Here is a nutritional breakdown of two popular granola products:

Nutrient1/2 cup (50 grams) of Kellogg’s Low Fat Granola1/3 cup (50 grams) of Gypsy Crunch Roasted Granola
Protein 4.4 grams7 grams
Fat 2.9 grams13 grams
Carbs40.5 grams28 grams
Fiber3.5 grams4 grams
Sugar 14.2 grams12 grams     

Although granola provides beneficial fiber and protein, the carb and fat contents, as well as the caloric count provides the downside of turning to granola as a “healthy” breakfast.

So, although granola may be good for songs, I suggest that a breakfast of eggs and lean breakfast meat constitutes a better breakfast for weight control than granola.

Enjoy a live (on tape) performance of Neil Diamond singing about granola.

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