Time Out taste tests the best new health-food bars available in Dubai. Which ones best combine taste with nutrition?
We noshed on dozens of new snack bars to separate the healthy ones from the hoaxes.
Increased energy! Improved mood! A slimmer figure! These are just some of the claims we’ve spotted on the dozens of new nutrition bars lining supermarket and pharmacy shelves. We checked the yum factor and energy-boosting effects in a blind taste test. Then we asked an expert – Nida Barqawi at from Wellness Medical Centre – to decipher those impressive labels.
Bumble Bar Chai with Almonds Claim ‘Made from only certified-organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, ethically sourced ingredients… the purest form of energy.’ (210 calories, 13 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein)
Reality ‘It was kind of hard to eat it all. I got sick of it halfway through but continued on. I felt the same after I finished as I did when I started.’
Taste ‘It was sweet at first but had a very bitter aftertaste that stayed in my mouth. It tasted like health food.’
Dietitian says ‘This would be for people who have a gluten allergy. But ‘ethically sourced’ – what does that mean?’
Claim ‘Increase your health, vitality and longevity.’ (230 calories, 12 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein)
Reality ‘The burst of energy that I was supposed to get from this only lasted for a few minutes.’
Taste ‘It tastes like…food. Nothing particularly special, but you wouldn’t say no for the 3pm slump.’
Dietitian says ‘They claim that their ingredients retain their “essential enzymes”. There are only certain types of enzymes that we need. This doesn’t make logical or scientific sense… But it’s certainly not bad for you.’