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Access Bars Review - Does This Exercise Food Work?

By Summer Banks on Nov 13, 2016
Access Bars Review

My love of diet products is bested only by my passion for reviewing them 🙂 We dug deep and focused on Access Bars side effects, ingredients, customer service quality and scientific studies. Additionally, we examined hundreds of dieter responses and reviews. Then, we summarized and refined to give you the info you need.

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What are Access Bars?

First off, Access Bars ingredients are rice flour, brown rice syrup, sugar, malitol, safflower oil, conjugated linoleic acid, soy protein isolate, whey protein, vitamins and minerals. It promotes wellness by boosting energy levels and burning fat. You can eat one per day or use it to replace a meal. One benefit is that you can throw it in your bag and take it on-the-go.

Access Bars have been available since 2011. The parent company Melaleuca has been in business for more than 30 years. You can buy the product on the official website and trusted retailers. We like that it contains some natural ingredients and that it’s available in multiple flavors, but read on…

High Price – “Ouch?”

The first concern with Access Bars ingredients was the high price. “The cost is $44.99 for 10 bars,” said our Research Editor. “So, if you eat one per day, you’re spending $134 per month.”

One customer said, “Are you kidding me? How are these affordable at all?”

“Way too expensive when you consider the actual cost per bar,” commented another.

Cost wasn’t always a consideration for customers.

“Access Bars are no more expensive than those ‘fitness bars’ sold in stores,” stated a dieter.

Lack of Results – “Boosting Energy?”

When we searched Access Bars side effects, no results came up. It was a different story when we looked for reviews about customers seeing results. One dieter said, “Don’t see any fat loss from my midsection at all.”

According to another user, “Not good for weight loss.”

On the other hand, we found some dieters that did see results while using Access Bars. “I take one of long bike rides and it gives me the boost of energy I need to finish,” stated a customer.

“The profile contains the right amount of ingredients to help me achieve results,” said another.

Throughout our research, we’ve found that if any part of a dietary product is concerning, such as it not producing results, the chances of long-term success are limited. So, if you use Access Bars and don’t notice any changes, it may be time to think about a supplement that works.

The Science – “Backed by Research?”

The official website states Access Bars ingredients, including CLA, are the “fat-burning machine”. So what does research have to say? Well, there’s evidence showing conjugated linoleic acid does help reduce body fat, but there’s also evidence that it causes negative side effects. We also found that the direct connection to weight-loss isn’t there.We at DietSpotlight look for clinical studies prior to making any suggestions. When this piece of the puzzle is missing, we start to have concerns.

The Bottom Line – Do Access Bars Work?

Will Access Bars boost energy and help you lose weight? Well, we like that it contains a few natural ingredients and that we found some positive customer comments, but we have concerns about this one because there’s no connection between the formula and weight-management. We’re also a bit skeptical due to customer reviews showing the product doesn’t produce results and costs more than comparable items.

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About the Author:

Summer Banks is an ISSA-Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist and has reviewed over 2000 diet products. She has years of nursing training, experience as a manager responsible for 15 supplement brands, and completed coursework on Food and Nutrition from Stanford University. full bio.

How Does Access Bars Compare?

Previous Access Bars Review (Updated December 11, 2014):

What You Should Know

Access Bars are a part of a line called Vitality that is produced by a company called Melaleuca. Melaleuca considers itself a Wellness Company. Melaleuca is also a network marketing company that has several product lines for people who want to purchase and distribute for financial gain.

Ingredients

They do not list any ingredient list on the website, nor flavors. In fact, we had to really search around the web just to get someone who’s listed the ingredients. Since we cannot verify with the company if all of these ingredients ARE in fact in one of the caramel nut bars, we are listing what was put on a site by someone who claims to love the bars.

Ingredients from bar: Malitol syrup, rice flour, brown rice syrup, cocoa, sugar, fractionated palm kernel and palm oil, nonfat milk, lactose, milk protein concentrate, cream, dextrose, water, glycerin, natural flavor, salt, butter, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, sodium phosphae, carrageenan.

Product Features

The Vitality Access Bars are made to be consumed before a tough workout. The company claims to have the only patented fat conversion process that turns the excess body fat stores inside of you into fuel for a great workout and reduced fat on your body. This technology is supposed to block adenosine, which is a chemical your body produces during a workout that prevents fat being used as fuel.

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Advantages

  • Easy to use and consume right before a workout.
  • at about $1.30 for one bar, it’s comparable to a PowerBar or Clif bar you might find in the store.
  • we’re familiar with fitness and performance bars. No scary ingredients or chemicals we don’t completely understand.

Disadvantages

  • With a network marketing company, we never really know if they are committed to quality or committed to just making money.
  • The website was not easy to navigate and we don’t actually have a company approved list of ingredients, so we don’t know if they are correct or not.
  • you must sign up as a preferred customer with Melaleuca before you can actually order anything. This could mean a long-term commitment you weren’t prepared for.

Conclusion

While this product does fit into a healthy and fit lifestyle, the claims that by eating only their patented technology, you will lose weight, needs to be scrutinized. There are a few ingredients listed in their bars that we take issue with. Hydrogenated oils (transfats) are in the ingredients as well as corn syrup. Not exactly a healthy form of sugar intake for high performance athletes, or even for the average joe trying to lose weight.

Access Bars Questions & Answers:

We boiled down hundreds of user comments about Access Bars into this helpful FAQ.

What are the side effects of Access Bars?

The Access Bars side effects reported by some customers include upset stomach, nausea, irregular bowel movements and diarrhea.

What are the ingredients in Access Bars?

Access Bars ingredients include malitol syrup, nonfat milk, milk protein concentrate, fractionated palm kernel oil, cream, glycerin, butter, rice flour, safflower oil, cla, vitamins and minerals.

Does Access Bars work?

While there’s research showing the fat burning properties of conjugated linoleic acid, there’s no solid science showing the product helps you lose weight.

Fat burning is a start, but if you want to lose those extra pounds, considering combining Access Bars with a supplement like Leptigen, which contains some clinically-tested ingredients shown to work.

How much does Access Bars cost?

Access Bars cost $44.99 for a box of 10.

How should I eat Access Bars?

You should eat Access Bars 15 minutes prior to exercise and another two hours after.

Can I take Access Bars if I have a health condition?

Women who are pregnant or nursing, those with health conditions, anyone taking prescription medications of any kind or people under 18 years of age should contact a healthcare professional prior to using any dietary product, including Access Bars.

What do users like about Access Bars?

Some users liked the low calories of Access Bars.

What do users NOT like about Access Bars?

Users didn’t like not seeing weight-loss while taking Access Bars and the high price.

How do I contact the Access Bars customer service department?

You can contact the Access Bars customer service department by calling 1-800-522-3172, writing correspondence to the corporate headquarters at Melameuca 4609 West 65th South Idaho Falls, ID 83402 or by contacting an agent through Live Chat.

How much protein are Access Bars?

There are 2g of protein in Access Bars.

Is the company behind Access Bars a MLM company?

No, the company behind Access Bars isn’t a MLM company; it’s a referral marketing company.

Does Access Bars come with a guarantee?

Although there’s no information about a guarantee with Access Bars, you can reach out to the customer service department for details about returning products.

Do you know of any special deals or discounts on Access Bars?

There’s no mention of special deals or discounts on Access Bars unless you purchase the products in fitness packs. However, the past few months have been going off the rails with our readers taking advantage of Leptigen’s Special Trial Offer, which is merely the cost of shipping and handling. Click here to give it a try.

27 User Reviews About Access Bars

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  • 1
    Fungyee

    Can I bought it through on line

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    Anna (Editor)

    Hi! For more information on where to purchase this product, please refer to the Access Bar official website.

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  • 2
    Liz

    I had my first one in 2005 or 2006.. I used to eat them while working at lowes… they helped my not have muscle fatigue. It was really nice to get off of a shift feeling more energized instead of in pain. I still eat them when I know I have a heavy physical work day ahead of me, and sometimes when I want to do HIIT training.

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  • 3
    Tom Lyon

    totally agree with everything this review has said, especially the sugar preventing fat loss and the lack of protein.

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  • 4
    TOM LYON

    I have been saying this for ages about this product (family uses them).
    1 – they contain decent amounts of sugar.
    2- they have next to NO PROTEIN ….so cant be muscle sparing or thermogenic.
    3 – yeah if you replace a burger with an access bar every day you might lose weight ”MIGHT”, but not due to the actual supplement.

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  • 5
    Oh Please

    I absolutely love how this was an honest review and all the Melaleuca sheep jump on here immediately to defend their company. Seriously, my friend sells this crap and has lost many friends because of it.

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  • 6
    Swimmer

    Way too much Sugar for weight loss and stable insulin management. Thank goodness I got my 1st bar for free. That price tag is outrageous for a sunflower oil candy bar. It was delicious.

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    Brad

    its safflower oil, the sunflower oil is the knockoff version of CLA. Which doesn’t work.

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  • 7
    Emily

    They actually do work exceptionally well! There is a published study on the Melaleuca website and even Olympic athletes have used them! They really do give you more energy 🙂

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    Tom Lyon

    If a person is swapping junk food or a larger calorie intake for access bars then yes it will work…but so would a small can of tuna and a few carrot sticks.
    My dad uses these bars to try lose fat and it has no effect, you just cant make up for a good diet and cutting out alcohol, bread, sugar ect….

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  • 8
    Steven Chong

    with Melaleuca weight loss products, I lost 13kg in 3 months. including access bar.

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    Tom Lyon

    well done, thats over 1 kg per week which is not considered a healthy rate of weight loss. You could have lost weight eating regular unprocessed foods for a quarter of the price….these companies prey on people not knowing much about how to eat to lose weight.

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  • 9
    Dave Shipp

    Access Bars only cost $15.49 for a box of ten. Not found in stores. My wife and I have shopped with Melaleuca since April of 2010 and we love the Access Bar as well as many other products Melaleuca makes. She lost 75 pounds in 6 months.

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  • 10
    Sarah kennard

    Access definately helps free up my body for exercise. I wouldn’t have considered it a weight lose bar…the attain is more for weight loss.
    Of course if you are exercising a lot to loose weight it makes it easier to exercise, hence you loose weight.
    In the case of helping athletes reach their goals it doesn’t interfere with their healthy muscle mass but rather gives them added what they need to work out easier….so NO not designed as a weight lose program and YES well worth the money they cost.

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  • 11
    Your Name

    If you want to see the ingredients for all the products. Go to the site scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the full site link. This will take you to all the products that have a tab for the nutritional product label.

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  • 12
    Laura

    I want to know if access bars can cause pimples on face, i been consuming them for a few times and my face is full of acne. Please help. I’ve never had acne before, i’m 37

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  • 13
    Your Name

    Product allows me to workout longer and harder without as much pain afterward… a real benefit which eqates to more calories burned

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  • 14
    Your Name

    Can you eat access bars while preganant? I have searched everywhere, I have a bowel disorder and they help me a lot!

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  • 15
    Susan

    You can buy through Melaleuca without joining, it is more expensive, but you can buy the whole range.

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  • 16
    Donel

    Access Bar are the only Fat Conversion bars on the Market. You can become a preferred customer and buy at a 30% discount off retail. There are not any long term commitments. You can cancell your membership at anytime.

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  • 17
    Jacelyn Gropp

    How do i get the access bars?

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    Christine Higgins

    Through a person who sells melalauca like me I love the access bars

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    Jen Gilson

    I really want to buy some Access bars, but still cannot figure out how. Can you help?

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    kevin sankey

    I would like to purchase some melaluca products but don’t want to join or be a member, can you help me out?

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    Piri

    Hello have you found a way to purchase Melaleuca products? i can help you out if you havent already?

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    John

    You dont sell anything dummy

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    simaora@yahoo.com

    good I use it .but I would know how to get it .I live in Hawaii.

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