There are some things that are just inevitable. The long list of inevitable things includes going to sleeping after the Thanksgiving dinner, eating more than just one of the Lay’s potato chips (the warning is in the advertising), and reaching for something sweet to eat after you have finished a meal. The truth of the matter is that our brains a craving so big for salty and sweet products that food producers have used this to market to consumers. There are packages of snacks that literally have the words “Salty and Sweet” across the label to entice those that want to combine these two things.
Many people that are snacking throughout the day would assume that the granola bar that they are eating is a healthy snack that still leaves them for room for dessert. It’s a nice midday snack or quick morning breakfast for most people. Few would actually look at this as a nice dessert item. The truth, however, is that this is a granola bar is changing. It is no longer the same plain stripped down granola that Dr. Caleb Jackson originally invented in 1863.
According to the New York Times, the granola bars of today are sweeter with more recipes that are designed to attract just about anyone that is looking for a sugary dessert. It is a complicated product in this day and age because granola – in the most basic sense – is often associated with healthier eating. The reality, however, is that the 2 billion in sales that are associated with granola bars are often a far cry from the healthy foods that a doctor might recommend.
The key to granola – as with any food – is to resist the urge to overdo it. There are still quite a few granola bars and granola-based cereals that contain nutrients. These are good energy boosters that can help people resist the urge to go for the greasy fast foods, but consumers cannot trade one evil for another. They may avoid the fast foods, but too many granola bars that are designed with large amounts of sugar can be just as damaging. This is why it is important to pay attention to the grams of sugar in these products.