Those seemingly nutritious snack bars can look like a pretty good option for topping up your energy levels. But beware because even though they might look healthy, a granola bar can contain as much sugar as a chocolate bar. Unfortunately, snack bars often use large amounts of sugar to hold together the ingredients. What’s worse is that they can contain loads of saturated fat. Lots of these snack bars are marketed as being ‘organic,’ ‘natural’ or ‘dairy-free’ which implies they will automatically be good for you, but which doesn’t reveal anything about the nutritious value of these foods.
Key things to be aware of when choosing a snack bar are the salt, fat and sugar content, and the number of calories. Ideally, a snack should contain between 100 to 150 calories or at the very most 200 calories. It’s also worth thinking about whether you will have anything in addition to your snack bar, to make sure you eat the proper portion size. Also, pay attention to the fibre content and as a rule look for something that has more than 3g per serving. To improve satiety, choose snack bars that are higher in protein. Alternatively, choose another snack such as eggs or bananas, or fresh fruits and veggies with hummus.