The following bar was suggested by one of my readers!
I emailed the company and asked for a sample bar for review, they said, "No, thanks," but the reasoning was, that the product pricing was low: "We are a small company which pours its profits into product development and passes our savings onto our customers. We do not artificially raise our prices so that we may issue coupons or other saving incentives. This also means that we are unable to provide free samples."
Indeed, I found a bar at a local grocery store for a buck!
I must tell you first off - I only bought one bar, because, this particular line of bars are not completely gastric bypass friendly.
I did not pay attention to the nutrition information on the product website, I was distracted by the "Really Vanilla!" part, and the, "Orange Smoothie!" part.
What's in this bar?
INGREDIENTS: CRISPED SOY NUGGETS (ISOLATED SOY PROTEIN, RICE FLOUR, MALT AND SALT), SWEETENED CONDENSED SKIM MILK (BEET SUGAR, WATER, MILK SOLIDS NONFAT AND MILK FAT), CRISP RICE (RICE FLOUR, SUGAR, MALT EXTRACT AND SALT), YOGURT FLAVORED COATING (DEHYDRATED CANE JUICE, PALM KERNEL OIL, WHEY, NONFAT MILK, SOY LECITHIN), CORN SYRUP, OATMEAL, BROWN RICE SYRUP, FRUCTOSE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, MALTODEXTRIN, SOY FIBER, ACACIA GUM, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, GUAR GUM AND NATURAL FLAVORS. VITAMINS AND MINERALS: VITAMIN A PALMITATE (VITAMIN A), DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE (CALCIUM), THIAMIN MONONITRATE (THIAMIN), NIACINAMIDE (NIACIN), FOLIC ACID, d-ALPHA TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (PYRIDOXINE), RIBOFLAVIN.
- 180 calories (Good!)
- 2.5 grams of fat (Good!)
- 1.5 which are saturated
- 13 sugars (Bad.)
- 11 protein (Which I entirely overlooked. Oops.)
- 26 carbohydrates which are all really carbs from sugars and grains. (Horrid for a dumper hypoglycemic. Although, if you are of "more typical digestion," this is equivalent to about a serving of cereal. Not that bad.)
Okay. Well. I've got the package open. Wanna see how she looks, naked?
She wanted to sunbathe.
I always make stuff look better than it really tastes, don't I?
I took one bite, I let all the tastes linger (read on, you will understand why) the frosted layer tastes like vanilla yogurt,
very too sweet and a bit sour, oily even. The crispy bits, I enjoyed, I am a fan of "soy nuggets," as they end up in this fashion in many of my food choices. It's too bad they are enveloped in sticky sugars and syrups to hold them together. I did not eat the bar, because, I really didn't like the coating - AND...
I see that the package states "Low Glycemic," but how does something with 13 grams of real. sugar. and 26 carbohydrates not have a drastic effect on blood sugar? Perhaps for someone with "typical blood sugar?" I don't know. I am looking at this like it's a "Rice Krispy Treat," because those, with 90 calories and 9 grams of sugar and 17 carbs, make me very ill, and reactively hypoglycemic. I would like to remain upright on my walk in a few hours.
In fairness, Nu-Go does have a "Smarte Carb" Sugar-Free Bar sweetened instead with maltitol and sucralose, for 170 calories, but these were not available in the store, and had they been, I would have picked one up for review. If I see one, it gets a turn.
They also have a decadently rich-looking chocolate line that I want to lick (because, well, they're full of carbs too) but, that's not what we're talking about here. Chocolate, is a whole 'nother post.
- Product: NuGo Nutrition To Go Really Vanilla Family Nutrition Bar
- Price: $1.00
- Purchased: Local Grocery Store
- Pros: One dollar for a meal replacement, you cannot beat that, with a stick. Yummy soy-crispies, I love soy crispy treats.
- Cons: Too much sugar, too many carbs, sickly sweet yogurt taste of the frosted part.
- Rating: Non-pouchworthy TM MM*