Balance Bar – Nutrition Bar For Lasting Energy
Pros: Great flavor, convenient, nutritious
Cons: Has an ‘after-taste’ – but not unpleasant, coating melts fairly quickly on your fingers
DISCLAIMER: This product review is not intended as a diagnosis of any condition, nor as a prescription for any condition.
Some medical professionals would argue that ‘hypoglycemia’ is not a valid physical condition. Since both my physician and I suffer from this low blood-sugar metabolic disorder, we would definitely argue that point. The good news is that it’s almost completely manageable if one is willing to adhere to a pattern of eating small, nutritionally balanced meals at frequent intervals. If I don’t, I can suffer the bobble-headed weemy-jeemies, headache, confusion, nausea, and occasionally, extreme sleepiness. Been there, done that more times than I can count – and it’s not fun!
Rule No. 1: Never be without food close at hand. Keep something in your car, handbag, sports bag or wherever. Crackers and peanut butter, cheese and crackers are a couple of good choices, candy bars, soft drinks and other sugar-laden ‘foods’ are not. Oh sure, they’ll ‘work’ in a dire pinch, but they’ll repay you by causing a ‘spike and dump’ reaction of your blood-sugar – and the cycle starts all over again.
Balance Bars are such an asset in helping offset the symptoms of my hypoglycemic episodes. Interestingly, it’s not how high or low your blood-sugar rises or drops – it’s how fast. Sometimes, if I’ve been unable to get something to eat, I can feel the changes in my cognizance virtually from one minute to the next. Balance Bars support a 40-30-30 ratio of carbohydrates ( 40%); protein (30%) and fat (30%), the perfect answer when I feel my blood-sugar dropping.
Having said all this – Balance Bars aren’t just for those with blood-sugar issues. They were created in 1992 by a team of sports enthusiasts and scientists in Santa Barbara, California, to help support and energize athletes and sports-minded people who need a little ‘pump-up’ on the trail or track.
Dark Chocolate Crunch
- Protein blend of soy protein Isolate
- Whey protein
- Partially hydrolyzed milk protein
- Calcium fructose
- Glucose syrup
- Partially de-fatted peanut flour
- Peanut Butter
- Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil
- Palm Kernel Oil
Nutrition per 1.76 oz. bar
- Calories 200
- Fat 7g.
- Cholesterol 0g.
- Sodium 170 mg.
- Protein 15g.
- Sugar 17g.
Flavors: Peanut Butter, Cookie Dough, Yogurt Honey Peanut, Double Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Coconut
I purchase Balance Bars at Wal*Mart for $5.87 per 6-count box. Less than the price of any candy bar.
Balance Bar Co.
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779