Updated: 07/18/2017

Access Bars Review- Does This Exercise Food Work?

  • 34 User Comments
  • Rating: 3.1. From 34 votes.
By Summer Banks Jul 02, 2017

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. [1]

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…

Access Bars 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. [2]

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.” [3]

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. [4]

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. [5]

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

What You Should Know About Access Bars

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 in Access Bars

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.

Advantages of Access Bars

  • 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 of Access Bars

    • 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.


    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 Ingredients and Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Serving Per Container: 10
Amount per Serving% DV
Caramel layer*
- Maltitol syrup*
-Nonfat milk*
-Milk protein concentrate*
-Fractionated palm kernell oil*
- Cream*
-Sodium phosphate*
-Natural flavor*
-Soy lecithin*
Rice flour*
Brown rice syrup*
Maltitol syrup*
Fractionated palm kernel oil*
Conjugated linoleic acid*
Nonfat milk*
Natural flavor*
Calcium caseinate*
Soy lecithin*

Other Ingredients: Milk and soybean.

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. [1]

Fat burning is a start, but if you want to lose those extra pounds, considering combining Access Bars with a supplement like Dietspotlight Burn, 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.


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 much protein are Access Bars?

There are 2g of protein in Access Bars. [2]

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 the Special Trial Offer of Dietspotlight Burn, which is merely the cost of shipping and handling. Click above to give it a try.

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Summer Banks Dietspotlight Author
About the Author:

Summer Banks, a content strategist at Dietspotlight, has researched over 5000 products in the past 10 years. 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.

Rating: 3.1. From 34 votes.
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  Access lover
Britt (Verified User)

Looks like the price on these needs to be updated. 10 bars cost $22.50 for a regular customer or 15.49 for a preferred customer. This puts you at $67.95 or $46.47 per month, respectively, if you are eating one a day.
However, the Melaleuca website also offers a 2-pack option of 20 bars for $41 for regular customers or $28.58 for preferred customers. This puts them at $2 or less per bar and around $60 a month. These numbers are listed on the melaleuca website. This makes them very affordable and comparable to any other high-end protein bar with the added benefit of increased energy and assisted weight loss!
My husband and I both love the way Access bars taste and the way they make us feel which exercising. I would easily recommend them to any of my friends and family – and I have! 🙂


Can I buy it on line?

Victoria (Editor)

Hi Fungyee. You can purchase this product online in Melaleuca and Amazon.

  How do i get
Jacelyn Gropp

How do i get the access bars?

Maribel (Editor)

Hi Jacelyn! You can purchase this product online in Melaleuca and Amazon. Best of luck!


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

Christine Higgins

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


You dont sell anything dummy

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?


Yes Kevin, you can just open the website and order products at the regular price and example would be a 10 pack of access bars would be $22.50 the regular price for one dollar between now and January 17, 2017 you can become a member that would be your annual membership and you would receive the preferred pricing of $15.49.


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

Jen Gilson

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


Hi Jen, currently the $19 annual membership is only one dollar until January 17, 2017 which you can then become a preferred customer and purchase products at wholesale.

  Can you eat access bars while pregnant?
Anonymous (Verified User)

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

Maribel (Editor)

Hello, because of possible interactions with pregnancy and bowel disorder, please make sure to consult with your physician before taking this product.

Tiffanie DeMayo

I once was a member of Melaleuca, and LOVED the Access bars, and the Attain powder. I liked everything that I bought from them, unfortunately you have to make a purchase every month, and it has to be equal to so many “points”. I was spending $65.00 a month, and still, after canceling my membership in 2007, have many products I still use. Their cleaning products are amazing, and smell so nice, they are 3x consentrated! My problem was having to buy so much every month, not with their products. I still have a box of Access bars, they have no expiration date on them.


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.

Tom Lyon

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


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.

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.

  It is delicious !
Swimmer (Verified User)

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.


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


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 🙂

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….

  Lost 13kg in 3 months !
Steven Chong (Verified User)

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

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.

  love the Access Bar
Dave Shipp (Verified User)

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.

  Makes workout easier
Sarah kennard (Verified User)

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.

  Where to find the product information
Anonymous (Verified User)

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.


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

   a real benefit

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

you can buy the whole range

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

not any long term commitments

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.


They are not $44😂They are $15 for a box, which is about $1.60 a bar, which is less than a Luna bar at target . Don’t buy melaleuca products on Amazon . That’s people trying to rip you off. Melaleuca does not condone that . Order from the manufacturer themselves. They are amazing , and their niche is higher quality safer products that are more affordable 🙂