Are Luna bars okay?
In my continued attempt to catch up with the reader mail I’ve been getting over the last few days, I’m answering a question from Natasha:
Are Luna bars actually okay for you? I’ve been eating them instead of breakfast when I’m in a rush, but I’d like to know if they’re actually crappy.
As always, first we’ll need to examine the nutrition facts, which you can find on Luna Bar’s website (I picked the Caramel Nut Brownie flavor because it sounded good):
Fat: 6g (3g saturated)
Carbs: 27g (4g fiber)
Alright, so far, not too bad. Three grams of saturated fat isn’t horrible, and it has 4 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein, respectable for breakfast. I also took a look at the ingredients and I recognized every one (my criterion for eating a processed/packaged food). Almost all the ingredients are organic, which doesn’t mean a WHOLE lot, but it doesn’t hurt, either.
One thing: 190 calories is significantly less than the 300-500 calories I usually recommend for breakfast, so I’d grab a piece of fruit and a few nuts or yogurt to go along with the bar to make it a more satisfying breakfast.
In short: Luna bars are an acceptable to-go snack (as are my beloved Kashi bars!).
ETA: sisforsara pointed out that this Luna bar has 14g of sugar. Unfortunately, that’s on par with other bars (PowerBar has 15-20g in each bar) and even other sweet cereals (Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Mini-Wheats, etc., all have 10-15g sugar per serving). I think to make these bars at all palatable, they have to be sweetened. What I like about Luna is that they sweeten their bars with organic cane juice (and it’s the 7th ingredient, not the first or second), and organic chocolate chips rather than high-fructose corn syrup.