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HEALTH BARS OFTEN MISLABELED tested 30 health bars and found that 18 did not come close to what was on their labels.

The very name "health bars" sold for snacks implies that they are healthful. Half the bars had more carbohydrate than was stated on the label, and the most likely labels to be incorrect were on bars that were labeled low carbohydrate. Some salt and fat levels were 2 to 3 times the amount on the label. The protein and calorie amounts were accurate. This study suggests that the best way to get healthful nutrients is from food that has not been changed in a factory. An apple is an apple, but you cannot depend on some labels on manufactured foods, because the manufacturers of products with faulty labels have not been punished. Many health bars are be no better than candy bars. Representatives of the nutrition bar industry criticized the study because of the small number of samples tested, which is true.

Checked 5/3/07

May 12th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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