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Fiber One Chewy Bars - Has anyone looked at the ingredients?!


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I'm a big fan of fiber one products, and I fell in love with their chewy chocolate bar some time ago. My bf was hunting around the kitchen for something with "sugar" in it, so he asked me the grams on the bars. 10 grams, not bad for something so ooy and gooy.

So I continue to read:

Chicory root extract, chocolate chips with confectioners shellac (chocolate chips [Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Dextrose, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin, Ethanol, Shellac, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil]), Rolled Oats, Crispy Rice (Rice Flour, Sugar Malt, Salt), Barley Flakes, High Maltose Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Canola Oil, Honey, Glycerin, Maltodextrin, Palm Kernel Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Nonfat Milk, Peanut Oil, Cocoa Processed with Alkalin, Natural Flavor, Baking Soda, Color Added, Almond Flour, Sunflower Meal, Wheat Flour, Mixed Tocopherols Added to Retain Freshness.

Pheww that was a lot to write. Can't say everything is spelled correctly.

Can I say... GROSS!

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Indeed. I ALWAYS check ingredients on products (even before calories and other stuff!) and most bars (especially those and quaker) just blow my mind!

To think they are looked on as a health food!  I avoid them like the plague and just stick to natural foods.

i prefer things i eat to not be "shellaced" :|

Yea I'm thinking even though Kashi is more expensive, I might just give those guys a try. I feel like I consumed chemicals. No wonder my stomach goes ape.

I personally think that the higher price is worth it!  I don't have much money to spend, but I always make sure that I get quality foods.  I have felt much better since doing it that way too!

If you really can't live without bars like that, then I'd go with Kashi =)
The "shellac" killed me. I only bought 1 box and no more. Kashi dark chocolate cherry bars are the best.
Original Post by cellophane_star:

The "shellac" killed me. I only bought 1 box and no more. Kashi dark chocolate cherry bars are the best.

I've heard that from someone else. I should ditch these fiber ones and get something full of delicious cheeries and chocolate :) I LOVE dried cherries.

i have a box of those at home.  i read the ingredients when i bought them (i have food allergies and always read ingredient lists) and i laughed at the shellac.  a lot of foods have shellac and/or wax in them.  it's just a coating to make it look good, usually on candy like m&m's.  plain fresh apples have it too.  not sure if organic does or not.

fiber one bars are high in fiber, ok on the sugar, and really satisfy my chocolate and sweet cravings so they're ok in my book!  the kashi ones are good too, but they taste too healthy to satisfy a really bad sweet craving.

Original Post by annacabana:

 

fiber one bars are high in fiber, ok on the sugar, and really satisfy my chocolate and sweet cravings so they're ok in my book!  the kashi ones are good too, but they taste too healthy to satisfy a really bad sweet craving.

 agreed

I really love them, they don't make me feel ill, so I refuse to ruin my experience with this one item by reading the ingredients list.  I eat around 90% healthy so I can do a few not quite pure items.

eww yes, i ate fiber one once because I was in class and hungry and it was all I had, then out of boredom i read the ingredients. AND I've never had fiber one again. come on, ethanol??? ethanol goes in my car, not my body. all of those ingredients are so unneccesary, who even comes up with these recipes?? they're like mad scientists rather than cooks. I tend to like the taste of whole foods a lot more anyways, proccessed things don't taste like real food. I love the kashi chewy bars! and luna bars are really good too and full of protein :0

Lol.  I did today, actually.  I was horrified...but that's not to say I won't be eating them anymore.  :)  Probably just way less.

Original Post by gibbit:

eww yes, i ate fiber one once because I was in class and hungry and it was all I had, then out of boredom i read the ingredients. AND I've never had fiber one again. come on, ethanol??? ethanol goes in my car, not my body. all of those ingredients are so unneccesary, who even comes up with these recipes?? they're like mad scientists rather than cooks. I tend to like the taste of whole foods a lot more anyways, proccessed things don't taste like real food. I love the kashi chewy bars! and luna bars are really good too and full of protein :0

While I agree the Fibre1 bars definately don't have the best ingredient list, I just feel the need to point out that ethanol is just alcohol, like the kind found in wine, etc. And it's probably just in the shellac coating to make it dry faster after being applied, most of it should evaporate away.


Also, the ingredients list on my Canadian box of the Oats and Peanut Butter Bars is a bit different and it may be worth noting that each bar has 5 grams of fibre instead of the 9 I think yours have...

1 bar (35 g), 150 cals, 4g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 90 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 5 g fibre, 12 g sugar, 2 g protein


Glucose-fructose, Peanut Butter Flavoured Drops (sugar, modified palm and palm kernel oil, partially defatted peanut flour, modified milk ingredients, peanut butter [peanuts], salt, soy lecithin), Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Inulin, Crisp Rice (rice flour, sugar, malt extract, salt), High Maltose Corn Syrup, Barley Flakes, Honey, Roasted Peanuts, Peanut Butter Flavoured Coating (sugar, modified palm kernel oil, partially defatted peanut flour, modified milk ingredients, peanut butter [peanuts], salt, soy lecithin), Canola and/or Soybean Oil, Sugar, Glycerin, Maltodextrin, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavour, Peanut Oil, Baking Soda, Monoglycerides, Caramel Colour, Rice Bran Extract, Tocoperols, Extract of Rosemary, Ascorbic Acid.

 

 

So they're not perfect... but they taste pretty good! And they're no worse than most of the other junk the supermarkets sell. If I worried about every single ingredient in food, I'd probably starve to death.

I dont get it.  None of these things are outlandish and are simply derivatives of naturally ocurring foods.

 

Original Post by kajikit:

So they're not perfect... but they taste pretty good! And they're no worse than most of the other junk the supermarkets sell. If I worried about every single ingredient in food, I'd probably starve to death.

 so true...

Original Post by marneedear:

I dont get it.  None of these things are outlandish and are simply derivatives of naturally ocurring foods.

 

I think what she means is that most of the ingredients are stuff that "healthy" eaters generally try to avoid.  High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), for example, is mostly hated among the dieting community.  A lot of other stuff as well, but I'm no expert. 

Original Post by gibbit:

eww yes, i ate fiber one once because I was in class and hungry and it was all I had, then out of boredom i read the ingredients. AND I've never had fiber one again. come on, ethanol??? ethanol goes in my car, not my body. all of those ingredients are so unneccesary, who even comes up with these recipes?? they're like mad scientists rather than cooks. I tend to like the taste of whole foods a lot more anyways, proccessed things don't taste like real food. I love the kashi chewy bars! and luna bars are really good too and full of protein :0

 Are you kidding me?  Ethanol is just grain alcohol!  You consume it in Beer and liquor.  They put it in your car cause it burns and is cheaper than gasoline.  big deal.  Bio-Diesel is also a fuel made from organics.  So nothing that can be used for bio-diesel would qualify as food anymore???

sorry everyone! didn't mean to upset you all with my craziness/ ignorance. I'm sure these won't actually cause you any harm, and anything with fiber is usually good. I just like to follow the rule that the shorter the ingredient list is, the better.

as a disclaimer I also have food issues, and sticking to the natural things makes me feel better and happier/ maintains my sanity somewhat. Bottom line, eat what makes you happy!

May I ask, what exactly is a "natural" food? there's no standard for "natural foods". All foods are "natural"

Bars like Fiber 1 are a product of food science and marketed to people as "health food". Sure, they're not the WORST you can eat but if you eat a balanced diet of fruits, veg & whole grains, you should get enough fibre per day and you wouldn't need the extra 9 grams of extracted fibre this glorified candy bar provides. 1/3 cup of All Bran cereal in the morning would do the same job. 
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