Tested and True – Nutrition Bars

Nutrition bars fall under various names such as “energy bars,” “meal replacement bars,” “protein bars,” and “snack bars.”  Nutrition bars are generally much larger by weight than snack bars (such as granola bars) or candy bars (such as chocolate bars) and have a much higher protein content –generally 10 grams to 30 grams of protein in a nutrition bar versus little or no protein in a snack bar or candy bar.  Some “fiber” or “whole food” bars may also contain little protein, but added protein not the main emphasis of those types of bars.


Claims and Purported Use

Nutrition bars offer a convenient means to supplement a balanced diet.  “Energy bars” usually contain about 200-300 calories and feature a mix of carbohydrates, fats, and protein, plus vitamins and minerals to help stabilize blood sugar throughout the day.  “Meal replacement bars” are similar to energy bars, but offer a wider range of calories, anywhere from 180-370.  “Protein bars” provide high amounts of protein, usually 30 or more grams per bar and support muscle repair and development following exercise as well as help increase metabolism for those trying to lose weight. The following nutrition bars are considered tested and true.



Promax™ Double Fudge Brownie

Promax Nutrition - Energy Bars, Double Fudge Brownie - 12 ea



 Kellogg’s™ Special K Protein Double Chocolate

Special K Bars - Protein Meal Bar (6 boxes), Double Chocolate - 1 case

Luna® Lemon Zest®

Luna - Nutrition Bar for Women, Lemon Zest - 15 ea

Met-Rx® Big 100 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

MET-Rx Big 100 Meal Replacement Bar, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, 3.52 Ounce, 9 Count

Zone Perfect® Double Chocolate

ZonePerfect - All-Natural Nutrition Bars, Double Dark Chocolate - 12 ea


Met-Rx® Big 100 Colossal Super Cookie Crunch

Met-Rx - Big 100 Colossal Meal Replacement Bars, Super Cookie Crunch - 12 ea

 Pure Protein® Chocolate Peanut Butter


Larabar® Pecan Pie

Larabar - Fruit and Nut Food Bar, Pecan Pie Bars - 16 ea

Odwalla® Bar® Strawberry Pomegranate Organic Food Bar™

Odwalla - Original Bars, Strawberry Pomegranate - 15 ea

Soyjoy™ Apple

Soyjoy - All Natural Baked Whole Soy and Fruit Bar, Apple - 12 ea

Selected Potential Side Effects

Nutrition bars are generally regarded as safe when taken as recommended.

Selected Drug Interactions

No cases have been reported.

Suggested Dosage

The USDA recommends that most adults, who exercise lightly or moderately, consume between 2,000-3,000 calories per day.  Of the total calories, about 45-65% should derive from carbohydrates, 10-35% from protein, and 20-35% from fat with less than 10% of the total calories coming from saturated fat (USDA Dietary Guidelines, 2005).   Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to the total amount of calories provided by the bar you choose.

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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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