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Food review: Kardea Cranberry Almond Nutrition Bar August 18, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kersten @ 8:47 pm
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Thanks again to the folks at Kardea who were kind enough to send me samples of their Nutrition Bars. 

The facts: 

  • 1-1.4 oz bar contains 150 cals (45 from fat), 5g fat (0.5g saturated), 21g carbs (7g dietary fiber, 11g sugar), 7g protein
  • 1g natural plant sterols to assist in cholesterol management
  • 19 ingredients listed, including 4 sweeteners. Top five ingredients are: brown rice syrup, almonds, agave syrup, dried cranberries, and rolled oats

Observations:

  • (+) soft texture was pleasing
  • (+) large pieces of cranberry
  • (+) nice fiber and protein stats to promote satiety
  • (+) love that it only has 150 calories
  • (-) not keen on the fact that it has four sweeteners:  brown rice syrup, agave syrup, evaporated cane juice, and sugar.  Does it really need all of those?
  • (+) At least they are mostly low-glycemic sweeteners
  • (-) almond extract taste was the first thing I noticed, but the bar doesn’t contain extract, just almonds.  Kind of fake-almondy tasting and struck me as odd.
  • (-) not much of a cranberry taste
  • (+) vegetarian (I’d say vegan, but they only claim “vegetarian friendly”)
  • (+) kosher

(Note:  Since I wrote this over a month ago I also had some of the Banana Nut bar.  I noted the same fake-ish almondy taste at first bite.  I also ate another one of the bars, and noticed the same thing.  Not sure what it is, but not quite my bag.)

This spring I upped my fruit and veggie intake, and pretty much stopped eating bars regularly.  I eat them rarely for a super early a.m. pre-workout snack, or in a pinch for an afternoon snack when I don’t have anything else.  Nothing against bars, I have just been trying to eat more fruits and veg!

Given all of this, I liked the product well enough, but would probably not buy them on my own.  If you seek a softer snack bar with good nutritionals give them a try.  Especially if you like the taste of almond extract 😉

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