Today’s Reading List: How can I choose a healthy energy bar?

Energy bars seem like a good choice for a quick, easy and healthy snack when people are on the go. But energy bars are only a reasonable snack when choosing wisely. Today @OntariosDoctors, we look at a Globe and Mail article that helps Ontarians choose wisely when it comes to energy bars.

Some bars are packed with so much sugar you might as well be eating a Snickers bar. Thanks to the addition of brown-rice syrup and cane syrup, the Chocolate Chip Clif Bar, for instance, packs 23 grams – almost six teaspoons’ worth – of refined sugar. Not a good choice if you’re sedentary. (Clif Bars are designed to help fuel the energy demands of long workouts.)

In order to pick a healthy energy bar, people should avoid yogurt or chocolate covered bars, which come with a heavy dose of saturated fat. The best bet, is to choose whole food energy bars.

Many whole-food energy bars boast high fibre content thanks to the addition of prunes, dates, oat fibre and/or inulin, a type of soluble fibre that promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. More fibre also means an energy bar will satisfy you longer.

Be sure to read labels when choosing an energy bar, keeping an eye out for calorie amount, artificial sweeteners and refined sources of sugar like syrups.

Visit the Globe and Mail for more information on choosing the right energy bar for you.

 

Posted on November 5, 2014 in Health in the News, Reading List

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