LUNA BAR is marketed exclusively to women as a healthy choice. Can a flavor like chocolate cupcake be healthy?
I haven’t written about LUNA BAR since my scintillating LUNA BAR review in 2012 so I decided to take another look in the hopes that they were better.
Last year, I wrote about Clif Z Bar and was unimpressed. Clif Bar makes LUNA BAR as well.
What do I want from a snack bar? I don’t think I am that demanding but it is almost impossible for me to find what I want. My ideal bar would have:
1. Five grams of sugar per bar.
2. About 150 calories (the right size for a snack).
3. Have a delicious flavor and texture.
The first one that I tried was the LUNA protein – chocolate chip cookie dough.
At a 170 calories, it wasn’t too far off BUT (if you can see it) – 14 grams of sugar!! And I’m not sure of the cookie dough brand that the creators were thinking of – but this did not remind me of cookie dough. It was salty, chewy, and tasteless. FAIL.
The other three bars had 8 grams of sugar (see below) were about 200 calories and varied in yumminess.
My favorite bar BY FAR is the LUNA Lemonzest. Here are the ingredients:
Protein Grain Blend (Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Rice Flour, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Milled Flaxseed), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Chicory Fiber Syrup, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Palm Kernel Oil‡, Organic Palm Kernel Solids, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Organic Glucose Syrup, Natural Flavors, Organic Natural Flavors, Organic Soy Lecithin, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Pectin, Sodium Bicarbonate.
and the nutrition facts:
190 calories, 6 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 26 g carbohydrates, 9 g sugar, 8 g protein, 2.0 g fiber, 95 mg sodium, 7 SmartPts
It tastes like a lemon cookie and it is okay. I think I would prefer a lemon cookie even though this is supposed to be good for me. Adding vitamins to something with 9 grams of sugar doesn't make it a healthy choice. Sorry LUNA BAR.
Overall, I would avoid these and go with a bar that is packed with dried fruit and nuts like a KIND bar. The KIND bars are still too big BUT some of them have 5 grams of sugar and they taste like real food.
Have you tried LUNA BARS? What do you think?
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