Granola is an extremely popular breakfast and snack with a wealth of health benefits, including its ability to lower cholesterol, regulate digestion, aid in weight loss attempts, improve your heart health, increase energy, prevent anemia and promote proper organ function. Intake of granola also helps to lower blood pressure, increase cognitive activity, improve skin quality, build stronger bones, and stimulate new tissue and hormonal growth.

Nutritional Value of Granola

The long list of health benefits commonly attributed to granola is mainly due to its content of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients, including, but not limited to, dietary fibers, sodium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, vitamin-E, vitamin-C, niacin, iron, and thiamine. 

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Granula was invented in Dansville, NY, by Dr. James Caleb Jackson at the Jackson Sanitarium in 1863.

A similar cereal was developed by John Harvey Kellogg. It too was initially known as Granula, but the name was changed to Granola to avoid legal problems with Jackson.

January 21st is National Granola Bar Day.

Granola bars are usually identical to the normal form of granola in composition, but instead of a loose, breakfast cereal consistency, granola bars are pressed and baked into a bar shape, resulting in a more convenient snack.

The first Granola Bar sold in the US was patented and manufactured by Edward Thayer Sr. in Chico CA.

An 1893 Advertisement for Kellogg’s Granola…