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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (
Subject:         Re: Kashi granola bars
Date: October 10, 2007 at 5:34 am PST

In Reply to: Kashi granola bars posted by Susan on October 9, 2007 at 2:01 pm:

I a not a fan of any of these granola bars. The reason is, if you took all my guidelines for good nutrition and turned them upside down, and made them into a food, you have an energy bar. They are highly processed and refined food products.

All energy bars are extremely calorie dense, low in fiber, low in satiety (per calorie), usually full of added sugars, sometimes the bad fats and sometimes high in sodium.

The ones you posted fail my guidelines on fat (which also relates to calorie density), and on added sugars. The barely make my guideline on fiber (3 gram/100 calories) and only because they have added in isolated oat fiber. This is not as good as getting fiber as it occurs naturally in food. If you havent done so, read my 3 newsletters on my website about carbs, fiber and the GI). processed whole grains are not the same as intact whole grains.

They also contain isolated protein which I dont recommend, even if its soy. There is a discussion on IGF-1 below that discusses my reasoning.

The following ingredients are not "healthy"...

Brown Rice Syrup, Soy Protein Isolate, Soy Grits, Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals, Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Rice Starch, Corn Flour, Honey, Evaporated Salt, Molasses, Soy Lecithin, Whey,

These bars are 35 grams. That is about 1.25 oz. For 140 calories, thats not much food.

On the other hand, I could get .5 pound (225 grams) to almost 2 pounds (900 grams) of healthy nutrient dense real foods for the same 140 calories.

There is a post below about cliff bars that you may want to read also as it gets more into my philosophy of why I dont recommend these foods.

You can do better. A LOT better!!

In Health

PS if it matters to you (it does to me), Kashi is owned by Kellogs. I wonder if people would be so enthused about these if the name Kellogs was on the box and not Kashi.

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