Quite simply LARABARs are good! At this point I have tried every flavor available and I find them tasty and highly palatable without cloying sweetness. Yet, they refreshingly satisfy the sugar craving generated during participation in endurance sports.
Made of wholesome natural products, they satify this writer's need for ingredients that do not originate from a chemistry text book. Honestly, if I have to look up an ingredient in Wikipedia, the chances are that I will not use the product. This is not the case with LARABARs. Containing no more than 6 ingredients, they are manufactured from: Nuts, unsweetened fruit, and spices, and would you believe that their entire nutritional load comes from... natural food?
Deriving their principal sweetness from fruit, and their satisfying richness from nuts, there is really nothing in LARABARs that you wouldn't put into your own trail mix.
A wholesome product, well designed to be satisfying, LARABARs veer away boldly from the "Techno" craze of sports endurance products. The rage for the last few years has been high tech, artificial energy and hydration delivery systems. Happily Lara Bars has opted for the old fashioned, natural wholesome nutrition.
P.S. Two LARABARs safely stowed in my back jersey pocket probably saved my spine the other day. Their firm yet compliant texture absorbed the shock to my back during an accident. The bars deformed into a perfect imprint of my spine, splitting the wrappers, but saving my spinal column. When you attempt to open a Lara Bar, you will understand what it took to spit the wrappers. Thank you LARABAR!
Reviewed by SPDrecrd
rating out of 10: 10
Well done... No additives, no sweeteners, just pure wholesome, dried fruits and nuts. Simple complete goodness. What's not to like? The bars tend to be moist and delicious with a soft, chewy overall texture with a hint of satisfying crunchiness delivered by nuts. The bars are generally high in fiber and contain no additional sugars. The flavors are fun and enjoyable, two personal favorites were the Apple Pie and Cinnamon Roll.
This is how it works:
It's a pretty simple process that sounds almost too easy. Then you are probably asking, don't they put some stuff on the ingredients label, with long names that I can't pronounce? Nope. Different bars include different stuff but, some of the most complicated ingredients you are going to find are: dates, almonds, cashews, raisins, apples, cinnamon etc etc etc, not too scary is it? As an exercise, let's compare a LARABAR to another popular energy bar, Powerbar.
- They chop up dried fruits and nuts
- They smoosh them together, using the natural sugars and oils from the ingredients to hold the bars together.
- They package it in a multi-layer package that keeps out UV light and oxygen, which, in turn, maintains freshness without the use of preservatives.
Let's look at the ingredients:
LARABAR: Apple Pie Flavor (from www.larabar.com)
Dates, Walnuts, Unsweetened Apples, Almonds, Raisins, Cinnamon
Powerbar: Apple Cinnamon Flavor (from www.powerbar.com)
High Fructose Corn Syrup With Grape And Pear Juice Concentrate, Oat Bran, Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Isolate, Rice Crisps (Milled Rice, Rice Bran), Brown Rice Flour, Almond Butter, Apple Powder, Natural Flavor, Glycerin, Soy Protein Isolate, Cinnamon and Peanut Flour.
CONTAINS ALMOND, MILK, PEANUT AND SOY INGREDIENTS.
When I look at the LARABAR ingredients, I know what I am looking at, I recognize all of them and I like all of them. No surprises, just stuff that I normally eat and can identify. It makes sense, I like it.
When I look at the Powerbar label, I am actually shocked and somewhat appalled. I have eaten Powerbars before and never looked at the label until now. The first ingredient is High Fructose Corn Syrup. This is something that most Sports Nutritionists would recommend that you don't eat. The prevalence of this ingredient in soft drinks is believed to be a major contributor to obesity in America.
Now to be completely fair, the Powerbar does provide 100% of several vitamins and a high percentage of numerous minerals. Which, if you don't take a multi-vitamin, is a good thing. Just be careful that you are not overdoing it, if you take a multi-vitamin or eat lots of fortified foods like breakfast cereals.
In the end?
In the end I feel good about eating a LARABAR. They taste good. Some of them almost taste decadent yet, I know I am putting good things in my body. I know I am supporting my body's needs and fueling my acitivities.
::Editor's Note:: Our readers are encouraged to read all of the labels of the products they use, it can be very educational.
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