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Eat your granola bars to get your calcium

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I recently saw a commercial for Quaker Chewy Granola Bars. The tagline was “ten grams of whole grains”. I love how advertisers can insert essentially meaningless information like that to make their product sound healthy. Whole grains are healthy; therefore, these granola bars must be healthy. But what does that information even mean? Well, it means that out of the total 24 grams each granola bar weighs, ten of these grams are composed of whole grains. “What are the other 14 grams?” you might ask. Well, they’re things like various forms of sugar (i.e. brown sugar, sugar, corn syrup, invertsugar, corn syrup solids, and molasses but don’t worry, they no longer contain high fructose corn syrup!) and oil.

When I visited the website to find the nutrition information for these granola bars I also noticed a little factoid stating: “Good source of calcium (per 40 grams)”. Why they can get away with putting facts for amounts larger than the serving size is beyond me. You would have to eat nearly two chewy granola bars to get that “good” source of calcium which is really only 16% of the average person’s daily recommended intake. You would then also get about 3 teaspoons of sugar. Call me crazy, but I don’t recommend eating granola bars to get your calcium.

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people see food and nutrition from a different perspective and understand that nutrition and health are not necessarily a result of personal choice.

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