Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 8, 2024

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, June 8, 2024


Energy bars have become a popular part of the 
fitness landscape, touted as the perfect snack to 
fuel workouts and provide essential nutrients. 
However, a closer look reveals that these 
convenient snacks might not be as beneficial as 
many believe and could be costing you more than 
just your money.

Over the past decade, the market for energy 
bars has grown significantly, with global sales 
projected to reach $8.3 billion by 2026. And all 
the choices. Meal replacement bars. Protein 
bars. Granola bars. Fiber bars. Low-Carb bars. 
Vegan bars. Low calorie, gluten-free, organic, pre-
workout, post-workout, snack, the list goes on.

These bars promise quick, on-the-go nutrition, 
making them especially appealing to busy 
professionals, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts. 
Many believe that energy bars are packed with 
the right balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and 
fats needed to enhance physical performance and 

Despite their popularity, nutrition experts and recent studies suggest that the reality might be far 
different. Many energy bars are loaded with sugars, unhealthy fats, and artificial ingredients. A 
2023 study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Health found that nearly 60% of energy bars 
contain more than 10 grams of added sugar per serving, which can contribute to various health 
issues such as obesity and metabolic syndrome. 

And then there’s fat. Some contain up to 10-15 grams or more of fat per bar. Healthy fats 
from sources like nuts, seeds, and coconut. These fats include unsaturated fats, such as 
monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are beneficial for heart health. But if a bar 
contains high amounts of saturated fats and trans fats, stop. These fats can contribute to heart 
disease and other health issues. Trans fats, in particular, should be avoided as they are the most 

The inconsistency in nutritional content among different brands and types of energy bars is a 
significant issue too. While some bars are formulated with whole foods and minimal additives, 
others are packed with preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and low-quality protein sources. A 
2022 report by ConsumerLab highlighted that many energy bars contain high levels of refined 
carbohydrates and low-quality proteins that can lead to energy crashes and digestive problems.

There are other things to consider too. Like the portion size. Make sure the nutritional 
information you are looking at is for the whole bar, not half or some other portion. You’ll also 
have to choose between chewy, crunchy or soft. Do you prefer sweet, fruity or savory? Be sure 
to check for allergens if you have any sensitivities or restrictions on nuts, soy, dairy, gluten, etc.

The cost of these bars is another factor to consider. On average, a single energy bar can cost 
between $1.50 to $3.00 , which can add up quickly if you plan on eating one every day. For a 
fraction of the cost, you could opt for whole foods such as fruits, nuts, and yogurt, which provide 
similar, if not superior, nutritional benefits.

Energy bars can be part of a healthy diet if chosen wisely. According to the American Heart 
Association, consumers should look for bars with minimal added sugars, natural ingredients, 
and a balanced profile of macronutrients. Specifically, bars with at least 3 grams of fiber, less than 
10 grams of sugar, and a good balance of protein and healthy fats are recommended.

However, relying on energy bars as a primary source of nutrition, especially without reading the 
labels, can be a mistake. Whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean proteins, should 
always come first in a balanced diet. These foods not only provide essential nutrients but also 
help in maintaining overall health and well-being.

In light of these insights, as we all continue our journey towards better health and fitness, 
education and awareness are crucial. By scrutinizing the labels of energy bars and being mindful 
of their nutritional content, you can make informed choices and ensure you are truly fueling 
your body in the best way possible, without falling prey to the potentially misleading allure of 
the energy bar industry. Prioritizing whole foods and understanding the true nutritional value 
of energy bars enables you to make better dietary choices that support your fitness goals without 
unnecessary costs. Remember, whole food is always best, like carrot sticks with hummus.

If you are searching to find the 
right energy bar, remember: 
The choice will ultimately come 
down to what it is that you will 
actually eat. Regularly. Maybe 
a handful of nuts with a banana 
and granola topped soy yogurt. 
Foods you already have at 
home. Foods that don’t require 
a lot of thought or research and 
cost next to nothing. Simple in 
this case may be best. Not just 
for your body but for your bank 
account too.

Michele Silence, M.A. is a 37-year certified fitness 

professional who offers semi-private/virtual fitness 
classes. Contact Michele at 
Visit her Facebook page at: michelesfitness Visit 
her Facebook page at: michelesfitness.


ARCADIA, CA – The City of Arcadia is thrilled to announce the 
launch of new indoor pickleball classes at Dana Gym! If you’ve been 
wanting to learn how to play pickleball or want to improve your game, 
now’s your chance. Our expert instructor, Javier Djeu, will guide you 
through the ins and outs of this exciting sport, perfect for players of all 
skill levels.

Come join the pickleball craze and make new friends while getting fit 
and having fun. Register now and let the games begin! Register today 
through the City of Arcadia Recreation and Community Services online 
at For more information, contact the 
Recreation Office at 626.574.5113.

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