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    Archive for the ‘energy bars’ Category

    FIber in a Flash

    In the past, I have expressed my distaste at popular energy/protein bars, blasting their high levels of saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars (not to mention all the unnecessary extra calories they add to your day!)

    Conversely, I have sung the praises of deliciously nutrition real food bars like Lara, Pure, and Clif Nectar.

    I am now happy to grant the “Small Bites Seal of Approval” to gnu High Fiber Bars!

    Apart from an impressive twelve grams of fiber, gnu bars provide 130-150 calories, 3 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated and trans fats, and a practically non-existent 65 milligrams of sodium.

    While being extremely pleasing to the palate certainly helps, they are also free of high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and nasty-tasting sugar alcohols.

    PS: Their brand-new peanut butter flavor is my favorite!

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    Numbers Game: Answer

    According to market research published in the Nutrition Business Journal, nutrition bars accrued sales of $ 2 billion in 2005.

    Although promises of energy, weight maintenance, fat burning, and healthy eating abound, many of these bars fall short and might as well be Crunch Bars with added vitamins.

    Find out who the winners and losers are in a special round-up to be posted very soon.

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    Numbers Game: Money Bars

    According to market research published in the Nutrition Business Journal, nutrition bars accrued sales of $ ______________ in 2005.

    a) 2 billion
    b) 20 million
    c) 60 million
    d) 10 billion

    Leave your guess in the “comments” section and come back on Tuesday for the answer, as well as a special report on which bars can truly call themselves “nutritious” and which belong in a vending machine alongside Butterfingers and M&M’s.

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    Quick Tricks: Cutting Down on Sugar

    The average adult in the United States downs between 20 and 25 teaspoons of added sugar a day, severely exceeding the recommended maximum of 10 teaspoons (40 grams).

    Below, some tips to cut down on added sugar without sacrificing taste.

    * When buying canned fruit, make sure it is packed in its own juices rather than an artificial, heavy syrup. Remember, fructose, the naturally-occurring sugar in fruit does not deserve the same concern as processed, refined sugar. You save: 8 grams/2 teaspoons of added sugar.

    * Have regular Cheerios for breakfast and add your own dried fruits and nuts to it, rather than pouring a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. You save: 8 grams/2 teaspoons of added sugar per cup of cereal.

    * Forego packaged salad dressings for homemade vinaigrettes (combine vinegar, the oil of your choice, and any spices and herbs that suit your mood). You save: 10 grams/2.5 teaspoons of added sugar).

    * Add your own toppings (raising, nuts, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract) to plain oatmeal rather than purchasing flavored oatmeal packets. You save: 12 grams/3 teaspoons of added sugar.

    * When craving chocolate, have a serving of one comprised of 85% cocoa, rather than milk chocolate. You save: 17 grams/4 teaspoons of added sugar.

    * Buy plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit to it, rather than purchasing flavored yogurt. You save: 20 grams/5 teaspoons of added sugar.

    * When looking to quench your thirst, have a glass of flavored seltzer rather than one of regular soda. You save: 32 grams/8 teaspoons of added sugar.

    * In a rush and need a snack bar? Forget Zone bars (17 grams/4 teaspoons of added sugar), Power Bars (18 grams/4.5 teaspoons of added sugar), and Luna Bars (11 grams/3 teaspoons of added sugar). Instead, reach for Lara Bars or Clif Nectar Bars (most of which have 0 grams of added sugar, or at most, 2 or 3 grams — less than 1 teaspoon!)

    Remember, low sugar does not always mean low calorie! Always read food labels to determine how many calories you are getting. It is still possible to overeat without having too much sugar, but a lower intake is better for our overall health.

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