Eating on the run has become one of America's favorite ways to eat. As a result, there has been an explosion of breakfast bars, protein bars, snacking bars and cereal bars as a way to eat a meal in our overbooked, overscheduled lives. Many people think this is a healthy way to eat and we have to be careful about using bars as a substitute for meals on a constant basis.
Many of these bars are highly-processed foods containing high fructose corn syrup as one of the main ingredients. They usually have large amounts of sugar, artificial flavors and preservatives. As you read the label, you will also note they can have saturated fat of up to 40 percent of the daily recommended value in one serving. Finally, they usually contain the most common food allergies: wheat, soy, milk and/or nuts.
If bars are one of your go-to foods, what can you eat instead? I always recommend whole food snacks. Summer is a great time to eat fresh fruits or trail mix. They are easily transportable too. These snacks have fiber and phytonutrients, so they support healthy hearts, blood sugars, digestive tracks and many other conditions. If you need something for your purse, you can consider going to a health food store and get an all-natural bar for an emergency.
Dr. Dae's Web site: www.healthydaes.org
Dr. Dae's book: Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living can be purchased at www.amazon.com or www.healthydaes.org
Dr. Dae's Bio:
Daemon "Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day) Jones is a naturopathic physician who completed her training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is certified as a general practitioner by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). Dr. Dae provides tailored treatment to meet the unique needs of every individual she sees in her practice.
She also provides specialized support for persons challenged by nutritional deficiencies, weight problems, hormonal and reproductive system disorders, attention deficit disorder and those experiencing chronic diseases. Dr. Dae is an adjunct faculty member for Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts. She is the author of Daelicious!