Granola: Weight Loss Enemy
Though once considered a healthy snack most granolas and trail mixes are now made with a long list of diet foes such as added sugars, trans fats, and partially-hydrogenated oils. Plus, unlike cereal, for which the serving size is usually one cup, the nutrition information listed corresponds to ¼ cup of granola, says registered dietitian Laura Cipullo. “Most people eat up to three times that in one sitting,” she explains. “But since a lot of trail mixes and granolas are made with high-calorie ingredients like maple syrup, honey, nuts, and dried fruits, that can add up to 100 calories.” Use a small handful as a guide to make sure you don’t overdo it.