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Are Granola Bars Healthy?

It’s easy to feel virtuous when you eat granola bars. Everyone knows oats are good for you, right? Well, that depends. Some granola bars have more sugar and sodium in them than cookies. Many are fat-laden and smothered in chocolate—in fact, nutritionally they’re not that different from a chocolate bar.

Companies like Quaker, Kellogg and Special K do an excellent job marketing granola bars as a healthy, low-calorie alternative to cookies and chocolate but if you read the nutritional labels carefully you’ll see they’re high in sugar, fat and sodium.

In a recent article, the Globe and Mail compared one 46-gram package of peanut butter Nature Valley bars to a  45-gram KitKat chocolate bar. Which is better for you? You decide. The granola bar contains 230 calories, 11 grams of fat, 150 milligrams of sodium and 11 grams of sugar. The chocolate bar weighs-in at 230 calories, 12 grams of fat, 35 milligrams of sodium and 22 grams of sugar.

If you’re looking for a healthy snack it’s probably best to walk right past the chocolate bars, skip the granola bars and head over to the produce isle. Or try our homemade energy bar recipe.

Source: The Globe and Mail

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