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WHAT’S IN AN ENERGY BAR ANYWAY??

I am often asked if I can recommend any of these bars as a healthy choice, and an alternative to the ever-beckoning Snickers Bars that are in the candy machine.

Clif Bar: Designed for athletes and are very high in sugar and other carbohydrates and moderate in protien. The ratio of carbohydrates to protein is about 4 to 1 (43g to 10g). Fine for athletes and other very active people who will burn the calories off quickly, but for the rest of us, there is too much sugar flooding into the bloodstream all at once.

Zone Bar:
Contains about 22 grams of carbohydrates and 16 grams of protein, for a ratio of about 1.4. This type of bar will leave you feeling full for longer, and will not upset your blood sugar as much. Try to stay with a carbohydrate to fat ratio of 2 to 1 or less, and you will get a better balanced bar. Genisoy and Luna Bars also fall into this category.

Nutrigrain Bars: High energy bars contain trans fatty acids, which can contribute to heart disease. Nutrigrain bars have partially hydrogenated soybean oil (a trans fatty acid) along with a very high sugar content.

So which is the best?
Try to stay with a carbohydrate to fat ratio of 2 to 1 or less, and you will get a better balanced bar. A random sampling of these bars told me that most of them are quite edible.So buy one of each of several kinds, and you can determine for yourself what flavors and textures you like. Not only will you be eating healthier snacks, you will also be practicing the fine art of label reading, so you will be learning more about what is in the food products you buy. Enjoy