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REAL ingredients in this bar... no added crap!

  • Feb 14, 2010
I have an opinion about most of the "nutrition" bars out on the market... they are full of a bunch of stuff we don't need, like hydrolyzed soy isolate, barley malt extract, modified food starch, and corn syrup. Go ahead -- I dare you to read the label of whatever bar you have in your purse, your drawer at work or your car!

When I read a label these days, I see if I can picture the ingredient in my head. If I can't, it probably means that it isn't natural or whole. I'm not saying I don't ever eat weird ingredients but I try to be conscious of it!

Which brings me to LaraBars. They taste REALLY good. They are the right amount of sweet and it's amazing that there are only two ingredients, cashews and dates,  in the Cashew Cookie Flavor. There are no more than 8 ingredients in any flavor!

Take a look at the ingredients (and picture them in your head) of the LaraBar Tropical Fruit Tart flavor (the one with the most ingredients):
  • Dates
  • Pineapple
  • Unsweetened Coconut
  • Almonds
  • Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Cashews
  • Orange Juice Concentrate
  • Orange Peel

Now take a look at (and picture in your head) the ingredients of the Zone Perfect All Natural Nutrition Bar:
  • Caramel (Corn Syrup, Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Glycerine, Milk Protein Concentrate, Cream, Natural Flavor, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Disodium Phosphate)
  • Soy Protein Nuggets (Isolated Soy Protein, Tapioca Starch, Salt)
  • Milk Chocolate Flavored Coating (Sugar, Palm Kernel Oil, Nonfat Dry Milk Solids, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Natural Flavor)
  • Corn Syrup
  • Gum Arabic
  • Guar Gum
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Glycerine
  • Peanuts.
  • Less Than 2% Of The Following:
    • Soy Protein Isolate
    • Water
    • High Oleic Safflower or High Oleic Sunflower Oil
    • Natural Flavor
    • Salt.
    • Vitamins And Minerals: Calcium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Oxide, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate, Ferrous Fumarate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Sodium Molybdate, Cyanocobalamin.

Ewwwww yuck.

I think I'll stick with the Larabar.
REAL ingredients in this bar... no added crap!

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Alison St. Sure ()
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I have been living gluten-free since 2002. All of my family is gluten-free and one daughter has severe food allergies. I write a blog where I offer practical advice about living with … more
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Cashew Cookie -- the unprocessed cashews are rich in iron, zinc and B Vitamins. The chewy dates have more potassium than bananas. Together they form a bar rich in fiber with 2 grams of heart-healthy Omega-6 fatty acids and 15 essential vitamins and minerals. Raw natural food. Uncooked, unprocessed, no added sugar, non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, kosher. Sugars and carbs are naturally occurring in fruit. Good source of fiber. All fat comes from nuts only and provides 2 g of Omega 6 fatty acids. Cholesterol and sodium free. 1 1/2 Servings of fruit based on the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

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The Original Fruit & Nut Food Bar Gluten Free No Added Sugar Unprocessed Raw Non-GMO 1 Serving of Fruit Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free Vegan Kosher Humm Food. Good source of fiber Cholesterol & sodium free. Provides 2 g of Omega-6 fatty acids Gluten, dairy & soy free 1 serving of fruit according to the USDA food guide pyramid.
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