The Truth about Nutribars and why we should avoid them.

The Truth about Nutribars and why we should avoid them.


Latest addition to “health foods” are energy bars. Commonly called as nutri bars, I see many eating them as snacks on the move. We love to eat anything which has terms such as nutrition, healthy, low fat etc. Nutri bars and energy bars are nothing but junk food in a healthy disguise (companies keep getting smarter). Now lets see why are they unhealthy.

  • Nutribars are very high in carbohydrates, which is nothing but sugar. It contains ingredients such as liquid glucose, sucrose, fructose, invert syrup, honey, malt extract etc.
  • Some of them contain caffeine to give you a mood jump-start. This is really unnecessary.
  • Some of them contain hydrogenated fats, hence high in fat and bad for the arteries in the long run.
  • It is not not nutritious as the ratio of carbohydrates, fats and proteins are unbalanced.
  • Nutribars  is very addictive and unsatisfying. Most of us cannot stop at one bar and end up eating 2-3 bars.
  • Nutribars  contain artificial sweeteners which is bad for our metabolism.
  • Anything that contains more than 30 ingredients is not healthy.
  • High in preservatives.

How to cheat on Nutribars?

  • Eat when you need high energy especially during trekking, marathon running etc. Hence it can work as a pre exercise snack.
  • Do not stock them at home.
  • Opt for those high in protein, not in sugar.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

3 Replies to “The Truth about Nutribars and why we should avoid them.”

  1. Furthermore, the Horlicks Energy Bar sells for more than Rs.550/kg whereas home made ‘Tilaa Undo’ will cost us Rs.100/kg max. One can run half marathon on Tilaa Undo….

  2. haha! i would rather gorge on a 5star bar if i wanted to satisfy my junk craving rather than these nutribars. atleast i will be satisfied. (later guilty ofcourse). and for trekking, marathon running, gyming….. a banana is great. easy to carry, tastes great, very healthy and filling!
    please share the recipe of til laddoo. are we talking abt the ones made on uttarayan?

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