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Are Granola Bars Healthy?

Hate to Break It to You, but Your Favorite Granola Bars Could Be Causing Weight Gain

When you're looking for a healthy snack to eat that will help you feel clear-headed and maybe even help you lose weight, a granola bar is probably a common choice. But Ryan Carter, livevitae on Instagram, wants you to rethink that "healthy" granola bar you love to unwrap every morning or afternoon.

"Just Because 'Vegan' 'Natural' 'Free From' 'High Fibre' are labelled on a Product it Means Nothing," he wrote in an Instagram post. "You might be Surprised to see sneaky addons + ingredients or a fraction of what the product highlights."

He uses the granola bar on the left as an example, which contains glucose syrup, dextrose, sugar, honey, and milk chocolate with only 11 percent cacao. It's 431 calories, which is "pretty caloric[ally] dense." If you're craving a nutty, chocolaty snack, Ryan suggests reaching for some good ol' fashioned dark chocolate and nuts instead.

The snack on the right is 92 percent dark chocolate made with only four ingredients and "sweetened with minimal sugar from coconut." The four activated Brazil nuts have micronutrients such as potassium, magneium, and selenium, and they're a great source of omega-6 fatty acids. Altogether it's only 289 calories. That's a pretty big difference from the packaged good on the left.

So next time you need a snack but you want to also eat healthy, reconsider that granola bar, and maybe instead reach for whole foods that will do your body some serious good.

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