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Whether you're sprinkling it on yogurt or eating it straight from the bag, granola is a pantry staple that's just too tasty to pass up. But what is granola made of exactly and is it actually healthy for you?
This breakfast and snacking staple usually consists of rolled oats, nuts, honey, or other sweeteners. But over the years, many brands have started to add filler ingredients that pack in the added sugar and make a serving of granola practically the equivalent of eating a candy bar. That's why the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Lab has taken the time to decipher the best health brands from the not-so-good stuff.
We evaluate hundreds of food products year-round to help you make the most nutritious choices for you and your family. In our tests, we analyzed over 50 different varieties of granola to find the best of the best. Our experts prioritized varieties with wholesome ingredient lists that you can read and pronounce. The first ingredient must be a whole grain or whole food (i.e. oats, nuts, bran, legumes, etc). We looked for granola options with no trans fat, and at least 2 grams of fiber and protein per serving. Since serving sizes vary by brand, we did some math to make sure that 1/3 cup of each variety did not exceed more than 10 grams of added sugar and 300 calories.
See what brands made the cut below, and be sure to check out our all-star healthy granola bar brands too.