Food Comparison

February 2011 Issue

Nutrition Bars: Healthy Meal Sub or Candy Bar in Disguise?

With promises of energy, weight control, cholesterol-lowering and more, you might think that nutrition bars are the food industryís answer to real food. Who needs to spend time cooking meals when you could just fill your cart with little bars in various shapes, flavors and colors? Sure, there are satisfying, healthy bars available that occasionally make a great on-the-run snack. And there are bars that can provide key nutrients before or during an intense workout. But, there are also many that contain so much sugar and saturated fat that a candy bar might be a better choice. No matter how nutritious a bar is, it still canít replace whole food. Researchers have discovered that foods contain far more than basic calories, carbs and vitamins.

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