Most granola contains added oil and sweeteners so it’s really important to read the label to know what’s in the food you’re eating. At the top of the list of ingredients to avoid are refined sugars and oils with saturated fat (note: there are two types of fat: saturated and unsaturated and within unsaturated there are two subgroups: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated). Unsaturated fats – both poly (i.e. sunflower oil, safflower oil, nuts and seeds) and mono (i.e. olive oil, walnut oil, canola oil, peanut butter) – are a better choice in moderation than saturated fats (i.e. butter, palm oil).
Sugar in many forms – white, cane, brown, corn syrup, glucose, dextrose, fructose, brown rice syrup – are often added to granolas instead of dried fruits (raisins, apricots, dates, cranberries, cherries, blueberries) that are naturally sweet. As Dr. Greger, MD of Nutrition Facts (www.nutritionfacts.org) says: food choices are more about “better” rather than “good or bad.” Unsaturated fat is better than saturated fat; fat from nuts, seeds, and fruit is better than oil; maple syrup is better than corn syrup or sugar; and nitrate-free dried fruits are better than added sweeteners. So choose food wisely.
Core Foods of Oakland, California and of Core Kitchen fame (a restaurant in Oakland, California that serves nourishing organic gluten-free meals using organic whole food produce only…no salt, no sugar, no oil, and no junk ever) recently introduced two new whole food organic granolas to the market without any added oil or sugar:
Pecan Spice: Made with gluten-free oats, raisins, almonds, pecans, coconut, cinnamon, flaxseed, and ginger.
Cocoa Crunch: Made with gluten-free oats, raisins, almonds, cashews, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, coconut, flaxseed, cinnamon, and ginger.
Crunchy, chewy, and totally delicious is how this granola tastes. The combination of oats combined with nuts, seeds, and spices (cinnamon and ginger) make for a wholesome and tasty treat. The cocoa nibs and cocoa powder in the Cocoa Crunch are scrumptious additions for chocolate fans.
Enjoy the granola with your favorite non-dairy milk (macadamia, almond, cashew, oat, hemp, rice, soy….) and fresh fruit for a delicious breakfast.
Each 10 ounce box sells for $9.99 (subscribers can purchase for $9.49 per box). To read more about Core Granola or purchase, go to the company website: www.corefoods.com