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9 Faux “Health Foods” That’ll Blow Up Your Belly

2. Granola

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Why it’s fattening:

1/3 of a cup — ONE-THIRD — packs nearly 200 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 8 grams of sugar. Have you ever had granola? 1/3 cup is literally only 3 spoonfuls. Depressing.

I’ll admit, I have a fiendish love for granola — the stuff’s absolutely delicious, but it’s utterly horrendous from a calorie, fat, and sugar perspective. RIP my crunchy, nutty friend…you’re dead to me

Smart swaps:

1 | Granola | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9


Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

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  • LisaHiles

    I find it interesting that one of the suggested smart foods to eat (yogurt)  instead of #9 rice cakes is the #1 food mentioned in this article that it says will “blow up our bellies.”

    •  @LisaHiles These aren’t ranked in any sort of order based on level of “fatness,” per say, it’s meant to simply be a list.

    •  @LisaHiles But with that said, Yoplait yogurt and others with a ton of sugar and artificial ingredients added ARE incrementally more fattening than a rice cake. Go with Greek Yogurt (preferably plain), Siggi’s Icelandic, or other low-sugar varieties.

  • A

    I’m not a dietician, but shouldn’t Fiber One cereal be an exception with 11 grams of fiber (8 insoluable). It does have 45g of carbs, but I assume it will help lower my cholesterol better than oatmeal.

    • Absolutely, and there are definitely a few other cereals that are exceptions to the group. I don’t have science to compare Fiber One vis-a-vis oatmeal, but it likely wouldn’t have a greater impact on chol. – the type of fiber in F1 is different from the type that’s naturally occurring in oatmeal, plus it’s got a ton of artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and other ingredients that aren’t totally great for our health.

      This was meant to be more of a generalization about the cereal category as a whole, the majority of which are absolutely horrible for your health and belly.

      We ranked every single cereal here, check it out to see which options are better than others.

  • Adrienne

    I would add anything with wheat (dwarf GMO hybrid) or wheat gluten to your list because of the negative glucose-insulin response it has on the body. Wheat crops are not the same as they were 30 years ago. There’s lots of research out there that suggests that a wheat/gluten free diet will result in weight loss, not because you’re cutting carbs because you would need to get them from other wheat-free grains, but because of the response it has on the body and the increase in production of insulin which leads to stored visceral fat in the abdominal area as well as other illnesses. A couple of other interesting side-effects of a diet with wheat are mental fogginess and craving for more carbs. Took me awhile to grasp the concept, but it makes sense and especially because I’ve cut it out completely from my diet and saw the effects for myself.