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Product Review: Nutrition Bars (Energy Bars, Fiber Bars, Protein Bars, Meal Replacement Bars, and Whole Food Bars)
 

Initial Posting: 10/1/13
Nutrition Bars Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com (Energy, Fiber, Meal Replacement, Protein, and Whole Food Bars) How Does Your Nutrition Bar Stack Up?

Alphabetical list of brands for the 20 products tested.

Balance Bar GNC Total Lean Breakfast Squares Oh Yeah!
Clif Bar Energy Bar Gnu Foods Flavor & Fiber P90X Peak Performance
Fiber One Chewy Bars Kellogg's Special K Protein Meal Bar Power Bar Performance Energy Bar
Garden of Life fucoPROTEIN Larabar Probar Meal
Glucerna Meal Bar Marked Protein Bar Quest Bar Protein Bar
GNC Pro Performance Pro-Crunch MET-Rx Big 100 Colossal Supreme Protein
GNC Pro Performance Pro-Crunch Lite Muscletech Nitro-Tech Hardcore  
Make sure the nutrition bar you use passed our tests and is right for you! Isn't your health worth it?
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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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