The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and granola fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Granola fun facts.

Granola Fun Facts: Granola is a breakfast food and snack food, popular around the world, consisting of rolled oats, nuts, honey, and sometimes puffed rice, that is usually baked until crisp. During the baking process the mixture is stirred to maintain a loose, breakfast cereal-type consistency. Dried fruits, such as raisins and dates, are sometimes added.

  • Granola was invented in Dansville, New York, by Dr. James Caleb Jackson at the Jackson Sanitarium in 1863.
  • Similar to trail mix and muesli, Granola is often fashioned into snack-sized bars.
  • 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 United States was patented and manufactured by Edward Thayer Sr. in Chico CA.
  • 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.
  • Eating granola may help lower your cholesterol and prevent certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

Granola Fun Facts We Missed

Let us know if we may have missed any granola fun facts in the comment section below. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Granola.

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