What You Should Know
Balance bars are an energy snack made by a company called, not surprisingly, Balance. Balance bars come in a variety of categories: balance original, balance gold, balance bare, balance pure, and balance carbwell. Each category has a variety of flavors. For example, balance gold includes flavors such as caramel nut blast, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate mint cookie crunch, and triple chocolate chaos. Each category claims different nutritious values-balance pure claims to use real fruits and nuts with lots of protein (9 grams).
List of Ingredients
The balance bar original (chocolate flavor) contains 15 grams of protein, a low glycemic index, and 23 vitamins and minerals.
Balance original bars follow the 40/30/30 principle developed by Dr. Barry Sears. 40% of the calories are from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, and 30% from dietary fat. The other categories of balance bars contain other minerals and nutrients. Balance bars can be purchased from the balance bar website. You can have a weekly or monthly supply delivered.
- The advantage of the different categories of balance bar is that you can select the type that best meets your energy and nutrition needs. From the category there are many flavors to choose one-you’re sure to find one you like.
- Having balance bars available for easy snacking may help you keep away from tempting junk food.
- All of the balance bar categories claim to have 23 vitamins and minerals, plus protein and other nutrients. They also claim to satisfy hunger.
- Last year, (February 2009) Balance voluntarily recalled the honey peanut balance bar due to concerns with the peanut source.
- Prices are rather high on balance bars-a box of 15 bars in the original, gold, bare, and carbwell categories is $16.49.
- Some consumers may not be comfortable with the concept of mail order food and possible tampering during transit; also the price of shipping drives up the already high price of balance bars.
- For balance bars that may spoil during shipping, they offer a “coolship” feature that will ship your bars in a cooler. This feature nearly doubles the shipping costs.
Balance bars may be a nutritious, balanced, filling way to snack when you are craving something but don’t want to succumb to junk food. However, the hassles of online ordering, costs of shipping, and possibilities of tampering while in transit may not be worth it. Many health food stores have similar energy bars that are also organic and packed with nutrients. And while the health food store bars may also be a little pricey, you won’t be charged for shipping. If your goal is to lose weight, look for other healthy snacks such as nuts or dried fruit. Also consider thermogenic (fat burning) products available to assist with your weight loss plan.