ConsumerLab.com found that most bars were accurately labeled and all passed tests for potential contamination with the heavy metals lead, cadmium, and arsenic. However, one bar contained 25% more fat and more than double the cholesterol listed, while another contained 30% more cholesterol than listed. ConsumerLab.com also found that most of the fat is saturated ("bad") fat in many high-protein bars, and a top ingredient in some bars is sugar alcohols, which can cause gas and bloating. Unfortunately, many bars don't tell you exactly how much sugar alcohol they contain.
"Bars can be a good occasional source of protein, fiber, and energy for people on the go, but they vary dramatically in their content," said Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com. He added, "Before eating a bar, a consumer should be sure it has what he or she needs without unwanted ingredients."
ConsumerLab.com's Nutrition Bar Review is available at https://www.consumerlab.com/
ConsumerLab.com is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. Membership to ConsumerLab.com is available online, providing immediate access to reviews of more than 1,000 products from over 400 brands. The company is privately held and based in Westchester, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products. ConsumerLab.com is affiliated withPharmacyChecker.com, which helps consumers evaluate online pharmacies and compare drug prices, and MedicareDrugPlans.com, which reviews and rates Medicare Part D plans.
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