What You Should Know
Luna Bar is a woman’s meal replacement or snack. The marketing is clearly feminine in natural with the website focusing news, information, and sales to women who are powerful, inspirational, and in control. Luna bars are all-natural and contain a long list of vitamins and nutrients for improved overall health. While none of the Luna products claim to increase weight loss, the idea is to eat healthier to be more active, which will then lead to natural weight loss – in theory.
List of Ingredients
LunaPro (Soy Rice Crisp [Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rice Flour], Organic Toasted Oats [Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice], Organic Soy Flour, Organic Flaxmeal), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Blueberry Fruit Topping (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Inulin, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Apple Powder, Glycerin, Organic Blueberry Juice Concentrate, Organic Corn Starch, Water, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Organic Blueberry Flavor, Pectin, Organic Soy Lecithin, RedCabbage Extract For Color), Coating (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla), Inulin (Chicory Extract), Organic Almonds, Organic Soy Butter, Organic Oat Syrup Solids, Dried Blueberries (Blueberries, Apple Juice Concentrate), Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Citric Acid.
Vitamins & Minerals
Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Ferrous Fumarate (Iron), Niacinamide (Vit. B3), Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), Zinc Oxide, Molybdenum Glycinate, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6), Calcium Pantothenate, Beta Carotene (Vit. A), Manganese Sulfate, Selenium AAC, Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Chromium AAC, Ergocalciferol (Vit. D2), Thiamin (Vit. B1), Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12), Folic Acid, Cupric Oxide, Phytonadione (Vit. K), Biotin, Potassium Iodide.
Every Luna bar will have different ingredients based on the flavor, but this list offers a good insight into Luna’s idea of healthy. There are many organic ingredients, but it’s not the organic we are more interested in, it’s the many. Above each ingredient list on the Luna bar official website is a link to a glossary where users can look-up an ingredient for more information. If that is necessary to understand what dieters are eating, the Luna bar may not be the perfect choice.
The trouble with Luna bar and plenty of other “all-natural” meal replacement bars and snack is bioavailability. Food contains vitamins and nutrients in the perfect combination for absorption by the body. Replacements like the Luna Bar are never going to be absorbed into the body as easily as food.
Each Luna bar contains about 180 calories. The Blueberry Bliss, ingredients listed above, also contains 3 grams of fiber. Fiber is crucial to healthy eating and weight loss with a daily recommendation of 35 grams or more. If a dieter is replacing a meal with a Luna bar, they still have 32 grams to pack in there with just two meals.
Luna bars retail for less than $2 each. Boxes of five to six bars can also be purchased at retail stores.
- Complete ingredient lists available for all flavors.
- Organic and natural ingredients.
- Inexpensive meal replacement.
- Too many ingredients with long, complicated names.
- Dieters need a glossary of terms to understand what they are reading.
- Could be expensive if used for a snack.
- High sugar content may prevent diabetics from eating Luna bar.
Among all-natural snacks, the Luna bar offers some good benefits. Packed with tons of vitamins and nutrients, the label reads more like the back of a vitamin bottle than a snack or meal replacement bar. Many of these vitamins will not absorb as well as they would if eaten naturally in food. While the bar is a good example of a healthy snack, we continue to support eating healthy meals and snacks that are high in fiber.