Monday, January 6, 2014

Tips For Purchasing Granola Bars

Granola bars have become big time snack foods and sometimes meal replacements.  If it says "Granola" on the label, most people automatically assume it is a healthy choice.  That can be true but often is not.  Here are some tips to watch out for when purchasing granola bars:

  • A whole grain, such as oats, should be the first ingredient listed on the nutrition label.
  • Choose bars that are 200 calories or less.
  • Check the sugar grams! Many granola bars are high in sugars and the manufacturers have a way of wording it so you don't think of the ingredient as sugar. That is why it is important to check the total sugar grams. Ever see the words "brown rice syrup" or "organic evaporated cane juice"? Yes, those are sugars.
  • Again, check that ingredient list. Do not buy bars that contain trans fat or hydrogenated oils.
As with all foods, I encourage you to read the nutritional label.  Then choose the healthiest options available.

NOTE: This picture is used here as a picture only.  It is not an endorsement for or against any of these bars.

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