The Worst Food For You is…Granola?

Well, not exactly. Perhaps some explanation is in order.

There’s a list cicrulating on the internet. Perhaps you’ve seen it, perhaps not. It lists, in order, 10 Foods that you should never eat. Written by Center for Science in the Public Interest, it lays out a list of really, really bad food, and states why these foods just happen to be bad for you. As far as lists go (and remember, lists like these are often either simplifications, generalizations or speculations), it’s not bad. A tad obvious, and a little hyperbolic, but not bad.

The list includes some common sense items, such as Entenmann’s Frosted Donuts (loads of trans fats), Nissan cup o’ noodles (cooked in palm oil), and Frito-Lay’s Wow! Potato Chips (Contains the literally gut wrenching Olestra).

But the surprise is what’s at #1: Quaker 100% Natural Oats & Honey Granola.

It turns out it’s number one, not because it’s granola, but instead granola with lots and lots of sugar and lots and lots of trans fats.

Although I find this list in the vein of “Hmmm, well that’s slightly interesting”, these folks do straddle the line of falling under the category of “alarmist food police”. Not that that’s a bad thing, just something to keep in mind when taking in their information. Besides, I can think of many foods worse than some of the ones listed here. Like Pound Cake; Yummy, delicious, butter enriched pound cake.


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