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It’s imperative to be a careful shopper if you’d like to eat healthy food. Many food products have misleading labels that lead customers to believe the product is healthy. A perfect example of this practice is the Clif Bar. Marketed as an “energy bar” it contains 23 grams of sugar, 1 gram more than a Snickers bar. It’s true Clif bars will give you energy, but in a similar way a Snickers bar will spike your insulin levels up for a while before an inevitable crash.
Always Read the Nutrition Facts
If you look closely at the ingredients of the Clif Bar above, you’ll see that the first ingredient is “Organic Brown Rice Syrup,” which is another way of saying “sugar.” It’s very convenient to have a bar if you’re hungry, but beware of misleading branding. Always read the nutrition facts for sugar content, fat content, carbohydrates, etc. Companies like Clif, Larabar and PowerBar market their products to make them look healthy when in actuality they’re more like candy bars. Quest is a company that makes some pretty decent bars and you may even see me snacking on them in the office from time to time. At my clinic we also offer our own “Advanced Health Systems” bars that have 15g of protein and still manage to taste great even with little sugar. And in reality none of the bars mentioned are much more easily portable than a good hard-boiled egg, a bag of your favorite nuts or seeds, or a container of Greek yogurt.
Below are the nutrition facts for a Cliff Bar and a Snickers Bar