Energy Bar Exam

by Diane Lofshult on Jun 01, 2006

Energy bars are a great way to get occasional, nutrient-dense shots of energy and vitamins while on the run. But these meal replacements can be too much of a good thing when it comes to unwanted calories, sugar and fat. Put your favorite bar to the test with these recommendations from the editors of Health magazine:

  • Choose an energy bar with no more than 100% of the recommended daily allowance for vitamins and minerals.

  • Find a bar that is high in fiber (at least 3 grams [g]).

  • Avoid products that are high in sugar (no more than 18 g).

  • Pick a bar with no trans fats or hydrogenated oils.

  • Select a product that is low in saturated fat (less than 3 g).

Source: March 2006 Health magazine.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at