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Old 04-05-2005, 07:54 AM   #1
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Granola cereal question

I've found a wondeful granola cereal - perhaps the best I've ever had. It's one of those all-natural brands - no hydrogenated oils, no artificial anything.

Here's the problem: The fat content is high - around 9% of the daily requirement for half a cup, and I need at least a cup to feel full (I eat it for breakfast). So I'm getting a very high fat dose (18%).

I exercise intensely four to five times a week and try to avoid junk food. My weight is fine (around 142 - and I'm a 5'7 male aged 33).

So should I feel guilty eating this stuff?

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Old 04-05-2005, 10:58 AM   #2
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Re: Granola cereal question

The fat is probably mostly unsaturated form the nuts and oils, so the type of fat is not bad. I'd be more concerned with the calories, since fat calories add up very fast. If you can fit a whole cup into your caloric needs for the day, then I'd say it's fine and even good for you, especially if you generally avoid fats everywhere else in your diet. Fat is not the devil, but moderation is a necessity.
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Old 04-05-2005, 12:06 PM   #3
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Re: Granola cereal question

Thanks, Naxis. Yes, the fat is all unsaturated - all from oils because the cereal doesn't have any nuts (surprising for a granola, I know). The calorie count is high - 280 for half a cup.

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Old 04-05-2005, 12:10 PM   #4
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Yeah. That's definitely a lot. 560 for one meal is on the very high end. Maybe if you eat the granola right before exercise - well, within 30-60 minutes - so you will get an opportunity to use those calories to your advantage. Or go with 1/2 cup granola and add some plain oats to it. But if you're not gaining any fat as a result, I wouldn't worry about it. At least it's not junk food.
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