Study shows nutrition bar labeling more accurate than in the past
October 23, 2008
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Although "an enormous range in nutritional content" still exists across bars, new findings from ConsumerLab.com suggest that labeling on nutrition bars has become more accurate.
The report, which may be located at www.consumerlab.com/ results/nutbars.asp, found that of the 20 bars it tested, none showed labeling inaccuracies. This compared with three bars that showed inaccuracies in 2005 and numerous bars in 2001.
According to ConsumerLab.com, consumers should pay particular attention to saturated fat, total fat, sugar alcohols and added vitamins when determining the nutritional content of a bar.
"Bars can be a good occasional source of nutrients such as protein for people on the go, but they vary dramatically in their content," said Tod Cooperman, M.D., president of Consumer-Lab.com. "Before eating a bar, a consumer should be sure it has what he or she needs without unwanted ingredients."