Are Energy Bars As Good For You As They Seem?


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In todays society, we are always on the run. We are constantly going from class, doing homework, to the gym, out with our friends and then starting it all over again the next day. Sometimes we get so busy that we might not have time to stop and grab a necessary meal to continue on with the rest of our day. Thats why energy bars seem to be the perfect solution to this problem. They are quick, easy, and delicious. But just how good are they for you? Our society is naive and think that just because athletes eat them on the go during marathons that they are healthy for just about anyone to eat. This is deffinitely one of todays myths and we must become more educated on these bars before its too late.

"Some are not much different than candy bars, but they should have less sugar and less fat." Nutritionist Heidi Skolnik said. "You really have to look at the label. Energy bars are simply a portable way to deliver energy in the form of calories."This nutritionist even goes as far to say that some energy bars are only providing people with energy through calories. This should set off a lot of red flags in people and make them look at the label before they consume the bar. 

"There are very few standards placed on nutrition bars. In 2001, an independent testing company analyzed energy bars and found that 60 percent of the bars tested failed to meet label claims concerning calories, carbohydrates, fat, protein, sugars, and other ingredients" According to an article from Good Morning America. These bars could potentialy be very unhealthy for you. Sports bars, which include PowerBar, Gatorade bars, and Clif bars are only recommended for athletes during or after a intense work out.

 We must make sure that we are not eating these bars more than once a day. If you have the choice between grabbing a small meal or one of these bars, definitely go for the meal. These bars are not made to be snacks, they are meal replacements. We must all remember this so we don't start to eat them regularly because it could cause major weight gain.

 So next time you go to grab a bar as a quick snack, make sure you read the label and there is absolutely no other way you could get a quick meal! 

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My parents eat clif bars frequently because they are avid bicyclists. They often go on 50 mile rides on the weekends and will use the clif bar to help boost their energy and keep them going. One of their favorite types of these energy bars is the chocolate chip. I looked up the nutritional information for this very bar: http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-clif-bar-chocolate-chip-i86848. It states that the bar has 240 calories and 45 calories of fat. Then I found out from a calorie counter on my iPhone that they most likely burn a little bit over 450 calories just from their bike trip alone. This means that for avid bicyclists like my parents, the clif bar should be fine to give them the extra boost of energy they need. For others who are not participating in regular exercise like this, should they just go without the energy bar all together?

From my research and personal experience, I have realized that most people are eating these bars as regular snacks or meal replacers. This is definitely not healthy. For your parents, its 100 percent safe and good for them to keep their energy up. Since they are burning so many calories, they need the calories from these bars to keep going. So the answer to this is I suggest giving them up as a snack or meal replacer, but it is OK to use if you are exercising strenuously.

This is definitely a good topic for college. I am notorious for skipping meals and sometimes do eat an energy bar in hopes of making up for it. Its good to now know that many are almost equivalent to eating a candy bar. But that begs the question is there anything we can replace a meal with if we dont have enough time?

Thats a really good question, Jake. Energy bars are fine to replace a meal from time to time, my concern is that we don't make a habit out of it. They do provide necessary nutrients and energy, so if you absolutely do not have time to grab a meal then you can definitely grab a bar. Its good for you as long as your active and not using the bar as a snack.

I eat Luna bars almost daily for breakfast on my walk to class. It only has 180 calories and 6 grams of fat. While they are high in carbs (26 g), they also provide 9 grams of protein. Considering I don't get to eat again for at least another few hours and I'm not one to sit down for breakfast, I don't see how this could hurt me. Considering breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I think if anything the nutrients in a Luna bar are good for me!

I eat Luna bars almost daily for breakfast on my walk to class. It only has 180 calories and 6 grams of fat. While they are high in carbs (26 g), they also provide 9 grams of protein. Considering I don't get to eat again for at least another few hours and I'm not one to sit down for breakfast, I don't see how this could hurt me. Considering breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I think if anything the nutrients in a Luna bar are good for me!

I eat Luna bars almost daily for breakfast on my walk to class. It only has 180 calories and 6 grams of fat. While they are high in carbs (26 g), they also provide 9 grams of protein. Considering I don't get to eat again for at least another few hours and I'm not one to sit down for breakfast, I don't see how this could hurt me. Considering breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I think if anything the nutrients in a Luna bar are good for me!

I love luna bars as well. My blog is not directed towards luna bars it is more directed towards performance energy bars. Luna is a snack bar and is fine for you to eat because it does not require you to eat it during or after an exercise.

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