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Fiber One granola bars are the devil


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I would just like to rant about how I bought these granola bars at Costco thinking "Great! I've been meaning to get more fiber, and what an easy snack!".  Little did I know that they're freakin delicious and it takes all of my self control not to eat like 5 of them at a time.  I think it's a combination of the sugar, the chocolate, and wonderfully chewy yet crunchy texture.  I need to start buying some worse tasting granola bars so I stop eating so damn many of these.

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amen sister!


Also, stay away from the new Kellog's Fiber Plus bars---they taste even BETTER!  Good news is they're slightly lower calorie, so even if you eat the whole box it's still less than 700 calories :P

I made the mistake of buying BOTH at Sam's Club last week. I can walk by the candy bars at work, but these not only call my name, they know my address & phone number!

They are just glorified candy bars. According to a government nutrition newsletter that I get, the fiber is not usable (if that is the right word), like eating real fiber would be. Did you look at the ingredients??  Junk.

They gave me gas when I used to eat them. And yes it was hard to eat just one. Now I just get my fiber from real food.

They aren't real food? Aw.

I just ate my first one this morning with a cup of red grapes. I was so full. Fibre = Full and they're right.

Delicious and 140 calories. 250 calorie, wonderful breaky at 8am and I'm not hungry for lunch yet. It's 11:10

Now, I am sad. But i will eat them till the box is gone.

Since we are bashing them (well, not me) can anyone suggest HIGH "real food" FIBRE treats? Portable?

Thanks!

igloogal, high fiber real food would be: cabbage, broccoli, apples, pears, bran, oats, & beans, believe it or not.  Lots more too, but basically fruits, veggies, whole grains...

aren't they divine?if you haven't had the oats and caramel ones then save yourself...don't buy them...they are deeelish!! if you lack self control...the whole box will be gone within the day...but i'd say a binge on the entire 5 that come in a box would only cost you 700 calories...which technically could be your entire days worth of snacks though not recommended...lol..they're just so DARN good. i love love love them!! 

Original Post by chrissy1988:

aren't they divine?if you haven't had the oats and caramel ones then save yourself...don't buy them...they are deeelish!! if you lack self control...the whole box will be gone within the day...but i'd say a binge on the entire 5 that come in a box would only cost you 700 calories...which technically could be your entire days worth of snacks though not recommended...lol..they're just so DARN good. i love love love them!! 

 Amen Chrissy!

I don't consider vegetables and fruits portable TREATS, so I'm eating my fibre one bars.... all of them. Laughing

And I WILL buy the caramel ones, right now I have the chocolate. Such a rebel I am.

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Original Post by chrissy1988:

aren't they divine?if you haven't had the oats and caramel ones then save yourself...don't buy them...they are deeelish!! if you lack self control...the whole box will be gone within the day...but i'd say a binge on the entire 5 that come in a box would only cost you 700 calories...which technically could be your entire days worth of snacks though not recommended...lol..they're just so DARN good. i love love love them!! 

 Amen Chrissy!

I don't consider vegetables and fruits portable TREATS, so I'm eating my fibre one bars.... all of them. Laughing

And I WILL buy the caramel ones, right now I have the chocolate. Such a rebel I am.

Igloobal...i am telling you the truth...once you taste these glorious treats...you will want to cry...they are that good. the drizzly yummy caramel with little caramel chips..though it tastes more like butterscotch to me...will have you thanking the fiber one geniuses for eternity. you will never by another granola bar again...guaranteed!!

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They are just glorified candy bars. According to a government nutrition newsletter that I get, the fiber is not usable (if that is the right word), like eating real fiber would be. Did you look at the ingredients??  Junk.

 huh?   Not "real" fiber?   The primary source of the fiber is chicory root.  

"ROOT CHICORY - Around 1970 it was found that the root contains up to 20% inulin, a polysaccharide similar to starch. Since then, new strains have been created, giving root chicory an inulin content comparable to that of sugar beet (around 600 dt/ha). Inulin is mainly found in the plant family Asteraceae as a storage carbohydrate (for example Jerusalem artichoke, dahlia etc.). It is used as a sweetener in the food industry (with a sweetening power 30% higher than that of sucrose) and is sometimes added to yogurts as a prebiotic. Inulin can be converted to fructose and glucose through hydrolysis. Inulin is also gaining popularity as a source of soluble dietary fibre."

And by definition, no dietary fiber is usuable by the body - that's the point - it's not digestible, so it passes straight through the digestive tract. 

Now I'm not arguing that it isn't preferrable to get your fiber needs from whole food sources, but there's nothing wrong with the occasional treat if you have trouble reaching your fiber goal. 

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Original Post by amwilmarth:

amen sister!


Also, stay away from the new Kellog's Fiber Plus bars---they taste even BETTER!  Good news is they're slightly lower calorie, so even if you eat the whole box it's still less than 700 calories :P

Thanks for the heads up about Kellogg's Fiber Plus Bars and their delicious factor lol.... I've been tempted to try them cause it seems like their less sugar than regular bars??

 

I agree! These bars taste wayyy too good cause its soo deliciously sugary... and sugar just calls out to me.

Oh my gosh - I thought I was the only one addicted to those things! I do only have 1 a day, but I could down the minutes until I can eat it. They taste so damn good. I'm sad to hear that they don't really contain all that much fiber.  I was looking to try the Fiber Plus bar, but I don't want to get addicted to yet another granola/candy bar. *sigh* Why do they have to be oh so delicious?

The name of the newsletter is Nutrition Action-written by The Center of Science In the Public Interest. They called Fiber One bars: Fiber None.

I'll see if I can locate it over the weekend for the exact facts.

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sherea, could you provide a link to that government newsletter which says that chicory fiber is unusable by the human body?  As far as I can determine, the soluble inulin fiber from chicory root is comparable to psyllium fiber (Metamucil) in dietary quality.  Chicory root fiber is also being sold for use in baking.  It's an easy way to add a lot of fiber to a recipe without affecting the sensory quality like bran and seeds do.  If it's useless junk I'd like to see the rationale. 

EDIT: Always an education on calorie count.....While CSPI is not a government group, they have spent a lot of time over the years sorting out fact from fiction on dietary claims.  I couldn't find the Fiber None article, but I did read their articles on inulin soluble fiber in juices and yogurt.  Psyllium and insoluble fibers have been studied for years and shown beneficial, but it's not clear that inulin produces the same benefits.  It's a weaker fiber, and can be broken down by gut bacteria, thus not as likely to survive the lower GI tract.  Some scientific studies of inulin have shown the typical fiber benefits (cholesterol reduction, regularity, etc.), while others have not.  CSPI doesn't make any claim that inulin is harmful (and it is beneficial for the gut bacteria) - only that it does not reliably produce the health benefits seen with other fiber sources.

Now I'll head back over to their site to read up on stevia.....

I just got turned on to the Fiber Plus bars. They are fantastic! I could easily eat the whole box. I usually have one as soon as I get home from the gym or get off the treadmill. I LOVE the dark chocolate/almond ones! You want to take in most of your daily sugar right after your most intense workout of the day. Your body metabolizes sugar very quickly when your heart rate is elevated.

I'm pro Fiber One Bars - at the very least, it's a heck of a lot healthier than the junk I used to eat.  Plus I found the Oats & Chocolate ones at our local Grocery Outlet - 16 bars for $3!

I am able to keep myself to one only when I'm craving chocolate - about 2-3 times a week most weeks, then every day when it is TTOM.

Everything in moderation works well for a lot of people, naysayers!

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I never really understood why the Fiber Ones bars are so good. Maybe it's partly because I already get too much fiber, and if I eat those, I have to watch what I eat the reast of the day. I more into the bars with protein. I love to bake, so I make my own bars, which is a fun project to do when I'm babysitting the neighbor's kids. Just messy... lol.

lol

I freakin love those things, but only the chocolate chip ones.  I keep the extras in my locked storage room so I have to find my keys, go downstairs, outside, and then get one or two.  Luna bars (chocolate peppermint stick) I'm pretty good with.

Original Post by mars_0112:

I never really understood why the Fiber Ones bars are so good. Maybe it's partly because I already get too much fiber, and if I eat those, I have to watch what I eat the reast of the day. I more into the bars with protein. I love to bake, so I make my own bars, which is a fun project to do when I'm babysitting the neighbor's kids. Just messy... lol.

 You make your own protein bars? Please post one recipe. Maybe your fave? Please? I want to make them too. :)

i too love fiber one bars, but they are really tough to stop at one. same with any nature valley bars. south beach granola bars are 210 cals (way more, but they are considered meal replacements) and they have a whopping 19 grams of protein, so they def keep you full till at least lunch! and <1 gram of sugar! lots of sugar alcohols though. but they help fight my cravings, especially for chocolate and meat lol

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