Are Nutrition Bars Worth Eating?

Not all nutrition bars are created equal. Not only that but not all nutrition bars are actually as nutritious as you might think! So many of us are using them as a healthy snack without realizing that those bars might be packed with salt, sugar, or fat! Some are so bad that you might as well me eating your favorite candy bar! Fox 28 did a great piece comparing candy bars to nutrition bars. Are Nutrition Bars Worth Eating:

Good Morning America” looked at popular bars and picked two – a Larabar brand bar and Clif bar — that each had more than 200 calories. Feller analyzed them, and compared the Larabar to a Kit Kat bar. 

The KitKat bar had 3 grams of protein, 11 of fat and 21 of sugar, with a total of 210 calories. The Larabar had 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat and 23 grams of sugar, with a total of 200 calories.

The chocolate-chip brownie Larabar does have more fiber, but Feller said they two offerings are “quite similar.”

She then compared the Clif bar – with macadamia nuts and white chocolate – to a Reese’s peanut butter cups and an egg white.

Even after adding the egg white to match up the protein, Feller said the Clif bar still had more calories and fat.

The Clif bar had 9 grams of protein, 7 of fat, and 21 of sugar, with a total of 260 calories.

The Reese’s plus the egg white had 8.6 grams of protein, 5 of fat, and 21 of sugar, for a total of 227 calories.

“GMA” reached out to the manufacturers of the Larabar, who said their bar had only real food ingredients, including dates, semi-sweet chocolate chips, almonds, walnuts, cocoa powder and sea salt.

“Which of these ingredients would your nutritionist not recommend as individual food?” they said in a statement.

The makers of the Clif bar said their bar “is an energy bar specifically crafted for athletes and active people to deliver balanced nutrition and a convenient source of sustained energy.”

Feller suggested that air-popped popcorn, nuts, boiled eggs and fruit can be just as easily packed as a nutrition bar.

Fresh, unprocessed food should always be your first choice! Share you favortie nutrition snacks below or check out these awesome recipes for a great snack!

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