Snack Bars- how good are they for you?
Ah, snack bars. The go-to edible for millions of Americans on the move each day. Many are advertised saying things like “full of the healthy grains you need” or “contains your daily dose of fiber”. That all sounds good, right? What about “contains almost as much sugar as a candy bar”? Wait a minute. Wasn’t one of the main reasons we eat these snack bars because they are a healthier alternative to what we could be eating?
Even though we think we are making better choices, sometimes only the “good stuff” about what we are eating is advertised on our foods packaging. For example: The well-known health bar brand, Kashi, has a motto that says “7 Whole Grains on a Mission”. Seven whole grains does sound good; however, Kashi doesn’t seem to be bragging about the 8 grams of sugar that are on a mission with all those grains as well. What is 8 grams of sugar equivalent to? That is the exact same as one 1.6 teaspoons of sugar! Can you imagine sticking almost 2 spoonful’s of sugar in your mouth? I don’t know anyone who would want to consciously do that, when trying to make better food choices.
Truthfully, the Kashi bars’ sugar content is pretty tame when compared to other bars out there. How about we look at the CLIF bar. CLIF is one of the original snack bars that has been around for years and is considered – to many- to be a “health food”. Many of their bars advertise with words our brains connect with being healthy. Words like “honey, nuts, dark chocolate and berry” are just a few. CLIF, however, doesn’t advertise the 23 grams of sugar that are included in many of their bars. How many teaspoons of sugar are you putting in your body at this point? The answer is 4.6 teaspoons!
So, the next time you go snack food shopping, don’t base your purchase off of the intriguing words being used or the natural looking scenery that is illustrated on the front of the box. Turn that box over and do some investigating! Check out the sugar content that particular item has. You may be more surprised than you would think. For better health and nutrition guidance, come into Gold’s Gym in Douglasville (Hospital Drive) today and see about working with one of our Personal Trainers who possesses the knowledge to help you discover better nutrition options!
Betsy Stevens NCCPT