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To Crunch or Not to Crunch: Navigating the Effects of Granola Cereal on Blood Glucose

Written by Team Ultrahuman

Nov 01, 2022

Granola Cereal is a mix of components like oats, nuts, dried fruits, honey, rice puffs and seeds. When oats are processed into granola cereal, other ingredients such as sugar, honey or dried fruit are often added to enhance the taste. These additional ingredients can increase the overall Glycemic Index (GI) of the cereal, making it more likely to cause a spike in blood sugar levels. However, you can keep your glucose level unperturbed with a few tweaks to the granola mix.

Making Granola Cereal a glucose-friendly breakfast
• Opt for a granola mix containing steel oats, as it is the perfect unprocessed version of oats with high fibre and low GI levels.
• Try to include more nuts and seeds in the mix to balance the carbohydrate level.
• It’s not a good idea to consume granola along with a meal. Granola cereal is supposed to be a meal in itself.
• Consider having controlled portions. Limit one portion size to 30-50g.

Usually, granola is high in calories, carbs and sugars. It is considered a healthy breakfast due to its rich polyphenol and fibre content. The ingredients also make it a rich source of minerals and vitamins. While choosing your granola pack, do not fall for the ‘high fibre’ tag. Look out for the nemesis ingredients like chocolate, oils and an increased amount of grains.

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