Kellogg’s Nutty Delights Chewy Bars – Less than Delightful Ingredients

Nutty Delights Grade

On a recent visit to my aunt, I found this Nutty Delights Bar on her kitchen counter.  Looked yummy and seemed like a decent choice for auntie, a known junk food addict.  It has fiber, it has antioxidants . . . did she finally choose a healthy snack?  A quick scan with the Fooducate app and I was shocked to see that it gets a D, the lowest score possible for bars!  Sorry dear auntie . . .

I decided to hold back praise and advised my aunt that this product has trans fats and lots of other additives that make it not such a good choice.  I showed her the alternatives on the app and convinced her to try cocoa dusted almonds instead of this highly processed bar.  There is so much junk in this, I had to show her Fooducate’s extended list of commentary:

Nutty Delights Headlines

Here are the ingredients (red for bad ingredients, orange for fortifications) :

Roasted Peanuts, Chicory Root Fiber, Rolled Oats, Sugar, Whole Grain Barley, Vegetable Oil (Hydrogenated and/or Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel, Canola, Palm and/or Coconut Oil), Semisweet Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Dextrose, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin, Confectioner’s Glaze [Shellac, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil]), Soluble Corn Fiber, Crisp Rice (Rice Flour, Sugar, Malt Extract, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness), Fructose, Dextrose, contains 2% or less of Coconut, Cocoa (processed with Alkali), Glycerin, Whey, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Soy Lecithin, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Monostearate, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol Acetate), Xanthan Gum, BHT (for freshness), Zinc Oxide, Soy Protein Isolate, Almond Flour, Wheat Starch.

What you need to know:

When there are trans fats in a food, any “health benefits” the product offers are irrelevant.  In the case of this bar, most of the benefits (fiber, antioxidants) are from fortifications, not real ingredients.  For someone like my aunt who probably consumes more than one processed food item a day, the 0.49 grams of trans fats in each ones can quickly add up!

What to do for family and friends that love these bars too:

My aunt isn’t the kind of lady who is going to start eating kale chips and homemade vegan granola bars.  But she can eat a bit better . . .

http://www.fooducate.com/app#page=product&id=3F5186BE-BB77-11E1-882E-1231381BE564

 

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  • Dillon

    Why aren’t artificial flavors a bad thing?

  • Lara Bar lover

    If you have about 1/2 hr yo can make yourself about 50 healthy bars to have available to you when you need them…nd they are sooo good! My kids, husband & I love them! I normally do not like dates but decided to try these bars as I do lov Lara bars. The dates in these bars melt away into a sticky, sweet yummy binding for chocolate & almonds. Try them, don’t think you’ll regret it! This recipe makes a ton, I freeze most of them & pull them out about 10 at a time & keep in the fridge.

    http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2011/08/30/homemade-larabars/

  • Counselor42

    If your Aunt eats nothing but poisonous food how is she still alive to listen to your fanatic scolding? Your Aunt would be smart to cut you from her will and disown a meddling putz like you.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V5CARB4X6MCXD7I5XR3IGIVGWY Go

    I love this website…it helped me to kick the health bar habit…started out with Nutragrain (b4 I read labels), then Kashi, then Larabar. Larabar would be my main choice if I felt the need to eat a health bar. I love the cashew & apple pie. It is an extravagant that I pick up once in awhile…nuts/fruit lots of calories.