Jennifer Low is a Registered Dietitian, with an MSc in Nutrition and a degree in Psychology. Clinically she specialises in disordered eating, bariatric surgery and IBS.

Be sugar smart

Always look at the ingredients list, as well as the nutrition information.

The values for sugars given in the nutrition panel include natural sugars from dried fruit, but also free sugars (the type we should be cutting back on) from ingredients such as sugar, treacle, honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, date syrup, glycerol, fructose and fruit concentrates.

All the granolas we looked at contain free sugars in varying amounts. Some also include natural sugars from dried fruit.

The higher up the ingredients list free sugars appear, the more of them the product contains.

Watch portion sizes – make fruit and natural yogurt the bulk of your breakfast, then top with just a small amount of granola.

Granola sugar content, ordered from best to worst

1. Lizi’s Low Sugar Granola, £3.69/500g, contains 1.7g (½tsp) sugars per 45g
Lizi’s Low Sugar Granola

2. Waitrose Love Life Free From Gluten Granola With Almonds & Sultanas, £3.75/500g, contains 4.3g (1tsp) sugars per 45gWaitrose Love Life Free From Gluten Granola With Almonds & Sultanas


3. Rude Health The Ultimate Organic Granola, £4.99/500g, contains 5g (1¼tsp) sugars per 45gRude health ultimate granola

4. Dorset Cereals Honey Granola, £3.79/550g, contains 6.8g (1¾tsp) sugars per 45g
Dorset Cereals Honey Granola

5. Biona Organic Honey Hazelnut Granola, £3.99/375g, contains 8.1g (2tsp) sugars per 45gbiona_honey_hazelnut_granola

6. Alpen Oat Granola Linseeds, Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds, £2.99/400g, contains 8.6g (2¼tsp) sugars per 45gAlpen Oat Granola Linseeds, Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds

7. Jordans Super Fruity Granola, £3.99/600g, contains 9g (2¼tsp) sugars per 45g
Jordans Super Fruity Granola

8. Kellogg’s Special K Granola Raisins & Red Apple£2.99/370g, contains 9.9g (2½tsp) sugars per 45gKellogg’s Special K Granola Raisins & Red Apple

9. Quaker Oat Granola Raisin, £2.69/550g, contains 10.1g (2½tsp) sugars per 45g
Quaker Oat Granola Raisin

10. The Food Doctor Cacao & Tangerine Granola, £2.99/425g, contains 11g: (2¾tsp) sugars per 45gThe Food Doctor Cacao & Tangerine Granola

11. Gail’s Artisan Bakery Granola, £6.90/500g, contains 11.7g (3tsp) sugars per 45gGail’s Artisan Bakery Granola

12. Scrumshus The Premium Granola, £4.99/500g, contains 14.2g (3½tsp) sugars per 45g

Scrumshus The Premium Granola