Muesli bar reviews

Grabbing a quick muesli or muffin bar may not be the healthy fix you’re after.
 
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  • Updated:9 Jan 2006
 

02.Results

Results table

 

Meets nutrition criteria2
Cereal bars (in order of least to most kJ per bar) Energy per bar1 (kJ) Energy Whole grains Saturated fat Sugars Dietary fibre Bar size3
(g)
Price per
bar4($)
Best (complied with all five nutrition criteria)
Apple red (for comparison) 320 140 0.43
NESTLÉ Ski D’Lite Apple & Pear 363 24 0.72
NESTLÉ Ski D’Lite Apple & Cinnamon 365 24 0.72
NESTLÉ Ski D’Lite Apple & Strawberry 365 24 0.72
FIT & ACTIVE Grains Delight 452 33 0.45
COLES FARMLAND Chewy Muesli Bars Choc Chip 517 32 0.30
NICE & NATURAL Apricot Muesli Bars 540 35 0.72
UNCLE TOBYS Chewy Muesli Bars (Apricot) 540 31 0.57
UNCLE TOBYS Chewy Muesli Bars (Choc Chip) 540 31 0.57
UNCLE TOBYS Chewy Muesli Bars (Forest Fruits) 540 31 0.56
UNCLE TOBYS Chewy White Choc Chip 550 31 0.62
HOME BRAND Muesli Bars Apricot 567 31 0.24
NICE & NATURAL Choc Chip Muesli Bars 570 35 0.72
A O Apricot & Almond Bars 600 35 0.83
Worst (complied with only one or no nutrition criteria)
KELLOGG’S Nutri-Grain Bar 514 30 0.76
KELLOGG’S Nutri-Grain Choc Malt 514 30 0.75
HILLCREST Muesli Bars Honeycomb & Nut 573 31 0.24
CADBURY BrunchBar Raisin 623 35 0.50
COLES SAVINGS Choc Coated Muesli Bars (Honeycomb & Nut) 628 33 0.30
TASTI Muffin Bakes Blueberry Delight 640 40 0.50
CADBURY BrunchBar Cranberry & Orange 650 35 0.50
KELLOGG’S K-Time Muffin Bars Sultana & Apple Bake 690 45 0.90
Mars Bar (for comparison) 697 40 1.20
KELLOGG’S K-time Muffin Bars Strawberry & Vanilla 698 45 0.90
NICE & NATURAL Yoghurt Natural Nut Bars 703 35 0.65
KELLOGG’S K-time Muffin Bars Apple 719 45 0.90
KELLOGG’S K-time Muffin Bars Blueberry 720 45 0.90
BE NATURAL Almond and Apricot Bars 790 40 1.25
SUNIBRITE Muesli Slices 844 45 1.00
SUNIBRITE Apricot & Muesli Slices 849 45 1.00

Table notes

1 Energy per bar: From the figures provided by the manufacturer on the label.

2 Meets nutrition criteria: We used the nutrition information on the label to assess whether the cereal bars met our criteria for energy, whole grains, saturated fat, sugar and dietary fibre (see What we assessed). A dot means the bar meets the criterion.

3 Bar size: The bars vary in size quite a lot between brands but we think you’d eat the whole bar regardless of its size. We’ve given the weight shown on the label.

4 Price per bar: Most brands come in packs of six or eight. For ease of comparison we’ve calculated the price per bar based on what we paid in Sydney supermarkets in June 2006.

 

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