Granola is a breakfast food and snack food consisting of rolled oats, nuts, honey and sometimes rice, which is baked until crispy. During the baking process the mixture is stirred to maintain a loose, breakfast cereal type consistency. Dried fruit, particularly raisins or dates, are sometimes also added.
Besides being a breakfast food and snack food, granola is often eaten when hiking or camping or backpacking because it is lightweight, high in calories, and easy to store; these properties are similar to trail mix and muesli.
Granola is often eaten in combination with yogurt, honey, strawberries, bananas, milk, or other cereal. It can also be used as a topping in pastries and desserts.
Granola cereal Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health BenefitsTweet
Granola cereal is composed of 5.84% water, 53.88% carbohydrates, 13.67% protein, and 24.31% fat. One cup of granola cereal supplies you with 64.117 grams of carbohydrates, which is 49.32 percent of the minimum of 130 grams of carbohydrates you should have daily. That same a 100 gram reference serving of granola cereal provides 489 calories and is an important source of Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) (49.82%, 32.18%, and 28.46% of the Daily Value, respectively). This means if your diet contains granola cereal, it helps your body to save proper tissues functionality, convert the food into energy, protect itself from cardiovascular deseases and it is effective against the acceleration of atherosclerosis in diabetic peoplecell deathfatigue and loss of appetite. At the same time it contains a considerable amount of Manganese, Copper and Phosphorus attaining 222%, 71.89% and 61.57% of the Daily Value in a 100 g (3.5 Oz), respectively.