Bad Disguised as Good: 5 Of The WORST Nutrition Bars

Bad Disguised as Good: 5 Of The WORST Nutrition Bars

Nutrition bars can be good fuel for those continuously on the go. But these bars should not be relied on for replacing actual meals, since they are missing nutrients that are found in balanced foods. Eat them in moderation. Be careful when choosing nutrition bars, as some of them may contain high amounts of added sugar, fat and artificial ingredients, which can make them more of a fortified candy bar rather than a nutrition bar.

Beware of:

1) Zone Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter

When you see corn syrup and sugar listed twice on the ingredient list, that’s a sign of concern. This tells us that these bars are probably made with cheap ingredients that add little or no nutritional value.

2) PowerBar Protein Plus Chocolate Brownie

This bar is loaded with 27g of sugar coming from various sweeteners such as fructose, malitol, and cane invert syrups. Also contains various non organic soy that is processed, meaning that the soy may lose some of its nutrients through the processing method and leave it less nutrient dense.

3) Clif Bar (White Chocolate Macadamia Nut)

Yes this bar may be made from all organic ingredients, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good bar. There’s still a lot of sugar packed into this bar with 21g. Even though this Clif bar is high in sugar content, not all Clif bars are made the same.

4)  Oh Yea! One (chocolate birthday cake)

This bar has some decent macronutrient values with 20g of protein, 1g of sugar, and 22g of carbs. Even though this bar only has 1g of sugar, that 1g of sugar comes from many artificial sweeteners that give it that birthday cake taste.

5) GoMacro Macrobar Peanut butter Chocolate Chip

These bars are 100% plant based ingredients, but don’t be fooled. They contain more calories than candy bars with 290 calories and also contain a decent amount of sugar with 14g. 20% of its calories is coming from sugar. Just beware if this is where you want your sugar intake to come from.


by Owen Ng


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