Health bars

<em>Time Out</em> taste tests the best new health-food bars available in Dubai. Which ones best combine taste with nutrition?

Healthy eating & diets

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?’

Get it
www.bumblebar.com or leading pharmacies across Dubai.

Think Thin Brownie Crunch

Claim
‘Its sugar-free, high-protein ingredients… help you look good and feel great.’ (240 calories, 7 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein)

Reality
‘Initially, I felt full and thirsty. Later, I still felt full – which wasn’t a bad thing and was probably the point of the bar.’

Taste
‘The taste is horrible. It’s overly sweet, funkatrocious and artificial.’

Dietitian says
‘There’s nothing in it that’s going to make you thinner.’

Get it
www.energyfirst.com or leading pharmacies throughout Dubai.

Prana Bar Cinnamon Apple

Claim
‘A magical harmony of fruits, nuts and spices…to lift your vitality and sustain energy.’ (200 calories, 14 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein)

Reality
‘I don’t have any euphoria from this. It tastes a bit wrong.’

Taste
‘Fruity and nutty, but not too sweet.’

Dietitian says
‘It’s like eating nuts and a piece of fruit. The amount of fat is high, but it’s a good kind of fat.’

Get it
www.pranabars.com or leading pharmacies throughout Dubai.

Larabar Pecan Pie

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.’

Get it
www.herbalremedies.com or leading pharamacies throughout Dubai

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