The Cornucopia Institute, a nonprofit and farm policy group, released a comprehensive report and scorecard about the marketing practices of companies that make “healthy” energy bars.
“Raising the Bar, Choosing Healthy Snack Bars versus Gimmicky Junk Food” focuses on how quality varies between brands that market bars as “made with” organic ingredients. The findings indicate many bars don’t live up to their claims. A similar analysis by Consumer Reports found the 33 bars analyzed by their experts were highly processed and packed with added sugar.
“It’s good news that more consumer advocacy groups are exposing many of these snack bars for what they really are—unhealthy alternatives to whole, nutritious foods,” Anne Ross, a Cornucopia policy analyst and researcher, says in a news release. “Both reports offer great utility and rate different products.” See cornucopia.org for details on the report.