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High fiber, low fat, low sugar, whole grain cereal bar: is there such a thing?

By February 12, 2009 - 1:39pm
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I appreciated a few articles on this website, regarding healthy cereals and fiber:

The first article, High Fiber Cereals, mentions that "just two servings a day of whole grains were associated with a 21% decrease in the risk for diabetes".

The second article, Reading Nutrition Labels, said to look for foods (like cereal) that contain at least 20% DV (daily value) of fiber.

My question: Is there an "on the go" cereal bar that is healthy? There are finally many more choices of good tasting, high fiber, low sugar, low fat, whole grain cereals on the grocery shelves...but I am having a difficult time finding these in a portable "cereal bar" or "oatmeal bar".

There are many different types of these breakfast items, called "bars" or even "cookies" or "muffins", and they SAY they are healthy...but they're not once you read the nutrition label and ingredient list.

Has anyone found a cereal/oatmeal bar that is truly healthy?! Meaning: over 20% fiber, most ingredients are a whole grain, sugars are under 5%, and low fat?

Thanks!!! Sometimes I have to eat breakfast in the car, and I'd love to do so in a healthy way.

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I have understood, that it is not the amount of fat whats good or bad for you, but the type of vat. Means: Omega 3-6 or 9. And there we are o the point. What is importend is the amount of omega 3 to 6 and 9.
There are Millions of people there are buying Omega 3 in form from Krill and other Seafood for a lot of money. The one you have on your fingertip is Flaxseed. Its very cheap to. Attention: don't use the grain entirely. Yo have to shredder it. So the stomach can get out the Omega 3 oil from it. And for the first days have alwyse a toilet around you. Make your own portions and bars and get what you really need. Have a Look to Dr. Budweiser in Google. Greetings Hans

March 13, 2011 - 3:26am
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I'd definitely go for the weetabix cereal bars I love them you can get them in white choc/milk choc or strawberr...it is actually yoghurt on top with the chocolate flavorings taste like the real thing!

they are all 70 calories and less with my fav being the white choc with only 67. It is high in fibre, low in salt, low in sugar, and low in fat with only about 12g of carbohydrate- about half a slice of bread but remember wheat is a complex, healthy carbohydrate:)

couldn't recommend them higher, I think they are the healthiest, one of the yummiest and generally best out there

You can buy them at all big stores like asda/tescos/sainsburys at 1.50 for 5 but they are often on offer and some news agents sell them individually at around 32p! winner:)

October 19, 2010 - 2:50pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I would watch out for the weetabix. They have a high Glycemic Index of 74. This means it will quickly alter your blood sugar levels. http://www.gilisting.com/glycemic-index/2007/02/gi-of-weetabix-breakfast-cereal-biscuits.html

March 13, 2011 - 11:04am
EmpowHER Guest

gnu high fiber bars definitely! 130 calories. no hfcs and 12 g of fiber!

December 8, 2009 - 10:40pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon - I hadn't heard of gnu high fiber bars before. Where do you get these?
Thanks, Pat

December 9, 2009 - 6:02pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

funny you mention it. I just ordered some off Peapod less than a minute ago. Here's their site you can order them from. They also have a list of retailers. http://www.gnufoods.com/wheretobuy/

December 9, 2009 - 8:13pm
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December 9, 2009 - 8:48pm
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Special K bars may only have about 90 calories, but they're so small. It's not hard to make a low-calorie cereal bar if you make it the size of your thumb!

March 24, 2009 - 7:17am

Free2beme, this is a great question. But I also want an energy bar to have enough in it that it sticks with me for a while. The bars that are just cereal, some sweetener and about 100 calories don't last for me at all. Half an hour or an hour later, I'm ravenous.

You might try looking at the labels of Clif Bars. You'll go up in calories for a bar, but you'll also go up in fiber, organic ingredients and (in my opinion) in how long it stays with which also means less of a blood-sugar spike).

I have one here and there is 250 calories, 5g fiber (which is 20% of the total), 0g trans fat and 1.5 g saturated fat from a total fat of 5 g. I have scoured the ingredients and the only fat seems to come from the almonds and some cocoa butter. 70% of the ingredients are organic. The sweeteners involved are organic brown rice syrup and organic evaporated cane juice. It's just more substantial when you're subbing it out for an entire meal, I think. (Added bonus: Lots of flavors, so it's not hard to find one or two that become favorites.)

February 13, 2009 - 10:01am

From "Eat This, Not That!"

Cereal bars (1 bar)

Kashi TLC Ripe Strawberry
110 Calories
0 saturated fat
9 g sugars
3 g fiber

Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats
Chocolately Drizzle
100 calories
1 g saturated fat
8 g sugars
0 g fiber

Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip
100 calories
3 g fat
7 g sugars
1 g fiber

So, even some of the best-rated cereal bars fall short of your requirements.

February 12, 2009 - 5:11pm
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