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Candy bars vs. granola bars
Candy bars vs. granola bars
10/4/04 12:54 PM
Why does the nutrition value of a candy bar seem better than a granola bar?
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RE:Candy bars vs. granola bars
10/4/04 12:54 PM as a reply to tbbuser.
Fitday.com reports that a 3 Musketeer candy bar has fewer calories, less fat, less sodium, fewer carbs than a crunchy granola bar. Here are the facts:

3 Musketeers - 95 calories, 3g fat, 1.5g sat. fat, 2.5mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 30mg potassium, 17.6g carbs, 0.4g fiber, 0.74g protein.

Nature Valley Oats 'n Honey granola bar - 180 calories, 6g fat, 0.5g sat. fat, 0mg chol., 160mg sodium, 29g carbs, 2g fiber, 4g protein.

What am I missing here? How significant is 2mg of cholesterol, 1.6g of fiber and 3.2mg of protein?
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RE:Candy bars vs. granola bars
10/5/04 9:25 AM as a reply to tbbuser.
Gigs -

I couldn't find 3 Musketeers anywhere on Fitday, but those numbers aren't right. Maybe you were looking at a "fun size" or something.

Here are better numbers.

3 Musketeers candy bar Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 bar • 2.13 oz • 60.4g
Calories 260
Calories from Fat 72
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 110mg
Total Carbohydrate 46g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 40g
Protein 2g

That said, granola bars aren't that good for you. I suppose they are a little less processed than traditional candy bars with much less sat fat, but they are still sugary treats with little nutritional benefit.

I'd treat both as cheats.
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