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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Solo GI Energy Bars: Product Review

Chocolate Charger (box of 12)

I was recently sent some Solo GI Energy Bars to try.  The whole family was exited, and when I opened the package, it took mere seconds for the kids to decide they were keeping them all for themselves.  Its not the first time I don't get to sample, but since were 5 bars, one of each flavour, I did insist they let Adam, at least, have one.

The idea behind these gluten-free bars, is that they provide a lower GI response compared to many other snacks and bars because of the protein and added fibres.  So when I read the ingredient list, I was both puzzled and disappointed.  The bars contain quite a bit of added sugar!  In fact, the 50g Dark Chocolate Orange flavour, for example, contains 20 grams of sugar!!

I find it really weird that they would add sugar.  Why not at least coconut sugar, which is lower on the GI than regular sugar?  Or xylitol or erythritol, which unlike the other alcohol sugars, are safe and do not cause stomach upset?  What about stevia?  There are so many better options out there, that I really fail to understand this product.  Oh, and the derived fibres they add are not proven to have the same health benefits as natural sources of fibre. 

So from a health and nutrition perspective, I give these a thumbs down.

What about taste?

Well, that's where these guys get bonus points.  Adam ate the Chocolate Covered Peanut flavour and he thought it was yummy...and he is very picky about bars.  The girls adored all the flavours, but agreed the Dark Chocolate Orange and Chocolate Charger flavours were their favorite.  The lemon one was also a hit as they said it taste like lemon candy.

So are these a better option than a candy bar?  I suppose so, but I would definitely stop short of calling these healthy.

Disclaimer: I was sent these complimentary bars by the company, but all opinions on this blog are my own (and those of my family).