HEALTH BARS OFTEN MISLABELED.txt
HEALTH BARS OFTEN MISLABELED
Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
ConsumerLab.com tested 30 health bars and found that 18 did not come
close to what was on their labels.
The very name "health bars" sold for snacks implies that they are
healthful. Half the bars had more carbohydrate than was stated on
the label, and the most likely labels to be incorrect were on bars
that were labeled low carbohydrate. Some salt and fat levels were 2
to 3 times the amount on the label. The protein and calorie amounts
were accurate. This study suggests that the best way to get
healthful nutrients is from food that has not been changed in a
factory. An apple is an apple, but you cannot depend on some labels
on manufactured foods, because the manufacturers of products with
faulty labels have not been punished. Many health bars are be no
better than candy bars.
http://www.consumerlab.com/results/nutbars.asp Representatives of
the nutrition bar industry criticized the study because of the small
number of samples tested, which is true.