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Comparing Nutritional Value of Oatmeal vs. Granola

Let's Break It Down: Oatmeal vs. Granola

Some like it hot . . . some like it cold. During these brisk snow ridden months, oatmeal is almost irresistible. Unless, however, there's granola on the table. While I like both of the breakfast foods, I'm often partial to the chillier bowl topped with strawberries and bananas. Then again, a steaming porridge complete with pumpkin goodness is pretty hard to turn down. So perhaps knowing the nutritional value of each will help you and yours truly decide which one to turn to more often, especially for the duration of the seemingly long Winter season.

Ready to see the comparison?

One Packet Instant Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal

One Cup Lowfat Granola With 6-ounces Nonfat Yogurt

One Cup Lowfat Granola With One Cup Skim Milk

Calories
160
290
301
Total Fat (g)
2.5
3
3.4
Carbs (g)
32
61
58
Fiber (g)
3
3
3
Sugar (g)
9
29
18
Protein (g)
4
9
12.8

You certainly expect to see a difference but are you surprised to see how stark it is? While the fiber and fat content remain relatively the same between the three options, the calories, carbs, sugar, and protein stats are all very different. In almost all of those categories, the oatmeal wins the race by a mile. Protein is the only section where the granola is the front-runner. The oatmeal offers half the calories, half the sugar, and equal amounts of fiber. If one does opt for granola, the healthier option seems to be the skim milk choice as the yogurt, even fat-free, packs on the sugar and carbs. The bright side to the granola options? Both the skim milk and yogurt bring a good dose of calcium to the table.

Which one do you prefer?

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