Careful, cereal bars may not be that healthy after all….

Cereal bars or breakfast bars have a fair amount of myth and legend that follows them. Let us attempt to debunk them.

Their convenience has led to a rise in popularity in the breakfast bar. No preparation necessary, they come all ready to consume. But the is that although many cereal bars have some healthy ingredients in them like oats, other nuts and grains, the amount of sugar in one bar cancels out the positive effects that a bar might have on the body.

In some cases, especially breakfast bars aimed for consumption by children, as high as 40% of the calories in a single bar come from sugar alone. In context, that is 4 teaspoons of sugar in a bar. And it’s not just sugar that’s is to blame.

It would be as apparent from first impressions but many breakfast bars are loaded with saturated fats. Some come topped with chocolate chips which are definitely not the healthiest option available in the market. 10 – 20 per cent of the solid weight in a cereal bar is fat content.

Opt for bars that do not contain any chocolate, yoghurt or caramel to satisfy granola bar cravings. The amount of fibre and protein in a cereal bar should be the priority when looking through the list of ingredients. The higher the fibre/protein and the lower the sugar, the healthier the bar.

Cereal bars can be a great option to beat the morning rush but make the wise choice.

 

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