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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: "energy" bars
Date: August 8, 2007 at 7:45 pm PST

In Reply to: posted by Joanna on August 8, 2007 at 1:47 pm:

Hi Joanna

I dont think of energy bars as a "health food". Most of them are
loaded with refined concentrated sweeteners, added fats, are
always very calorie dense and often low in fiber. You dont get
much food volume for an incredible high amount of calories. They
are all highly processed and highly refined. it befuddles me how
these came be known as healthy. They are often not much
different than glorified candy bars with fancy marketing

>>My question is whether sweeteners such as maple syrup,
organic evaporated cane juice and organic brown rice syrup are any
healthier than sugar.

Not in my eyes. While there may be some minor difference
between some of them, the main issue with most of them is that
we consume way to much of them. And most of them average
around 50 calories per tablespoon.

>>Is there any nutritional value whatsoever in these so-called
"protein" bars or are they all just empty calories?

To me, most of them are junk food. There are a few that "may" be
better than others. I would rather see someone consume some
healthy real food, and not these highly proceseed highly refined
"energy" bars.

BTW, the FDA definition is that anything that has calories in it can
use them term "energy".

In Health
Jeff N

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