WHITE PLAINS, NY — February 8, 2005 — ConsumerLab.com reported test results today for 34 nutrition bars, including those designed for high protein, low-carb/diet, energy, or meal-replacement. In 2001, the independent testing group found most bars to be mislabeled, with many containing undeclared carbohydrates. The latest testing found one product with 33% more carbohydrates than claimed, two bars each with about one extra gram of saturated fat, and a bar with three and one-half grams of the sugar alcohol lactitol that was not listed on the label. The other bars, representing the majority tested, met their claims.
In addition to identifying label inaccuracies, the report draws attention to the vast nutritional differences among products now on the market. "Bars can be a good, occasional source of nutrition for people on the go, but they can vary drastically from one another in their content," said Tod Cooperman, M.D. ConsumerLab.com's president. "People need to "know their bar" to be sure it has what they need without unwanted ingredients," he added. Some of the key differences found among the bars were:
The new report is found at www.consumerlab.com/results/nutbars.asp. Test results are shown for each product, including comparisons of nutritional content and ingredients. ConsumerLab.com selected nineteen of the products in the report and fifteen others were tested at the request of their manufacturers/distributors. Reviews of other popular types of supplements are also available from at www.consumerlab.com and new reviews soon to be released include omega- 3 & 6 fatty acids (from black current, borage, evening primrose, and flaxseed oils), supplements used for menopause (including isoflavones, progesterone cream, and black cohosh), nutrition powders and drinks, B vitamins, and vitamin C. The paperback ConsumerLab.com's Guide to Buying Vitamins and Supplements: What's Really in the Bottle? is available in bookstores, online, or through 800-431-1579.
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