There are 3 types of nature valley bars: granola, protein and nut.
To determine if these bars are healthy, let’s dive into the ingredient lists. Here are some of the red flags:
Nature Valley Granola Bars
- Canola oil, corn starch and corn syrup, which are genetically modified ingredients.
(See this post: Dangers of GMO Foods: What You Should Know)
Nature Valley Protein Bars
- GMOs - soy protein isolate, corn syrup, corn starch
- Soy protein isolate: cheap and highly processed protein source, potential health risks associated with soy consumption
- Fructose: In your body, fructose and glucose are processed differently. Fructose is metabolised in the liver into fatty acids that are stored as fat in the liver and skeletal muscle tissues. Excess fructose consumption contributes to insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, liver disease and other chronic diseases.
Glucose is the primary energy source for cells in the body. Unused glucose is converted to glycogen (stored in the liver and muscle cells) or fat (stored in adipose tissues). The body draws on glycogen and fat reserves for energy when blood glucose is low.
Nature Valley Nut Bars
- Corn syrup, corn oil and yellow corn flour (GMOs)
There are other protein and granola bars that are made with high-quality ingredients, and so are healthier than Nature Valley bars.