Nutrition bars, such as "high-protein," "energy," and "meal-replacement" bars, can be a good occasional source of nutrition and a very convenient way of adding protein, carbohydrates, and other nutrients to your diet. New types of bars have emerged, focusing on features such as "fiber" or unprocessed "whole foods."
ConsumerLab.com tested, tasted, and compared the nutrients in 20 bars. Among the surprises we found:
- One bar contained 30% more cholesterol than listed.
- Another bar contained 25% more fat and more than double its listed cholesterol.
- Most of the fat in some bars was saturated ("bad") fat.
- A "whole food" bar contained more calories per gram than most other bars.
- A top ingredient in some bars is sugar alcohols, which may contribute to gas and bloating.
In this comprehensive report, you'll get ConsumerLab.com's test results and valuable insights. You'll discover:
- Which bars passed, and which failed, our tests of their ingredients
- Key differences among the bars
- Which bars ConsumerLab.com selected as "top picks" in each category (energy, fiber, high-protein, meal-replacement, and whole food)
- Which bars provide the most energy and the most protein
- Which bars are loaded with sugar alcohols, and which are not
- How many carbs and "bad" (saturated) fats are really in bars
- Which bars provide the most fiber
- How each bar tastes -- some tasted great, others tasted artificial or had an aftertaste.
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