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Fiber in cereal bars...

dolores Jun 24, 2008 12:58 PM

I actually was directed to a good fiber bar from a tailor in Manhattan a hundred years ago, but have lost the name.

I know the various cereals with a lot of fiber have been mentioned, but what are some good (or even decent) cereal bars with fiber?

I confess, I ate with abandon the Nutri Grain bars at a recent weekend away, and liked them a lot. I assume they are not good for you.


  1. im_nomad Mar 1, 2011 05:26 AM

    Nutri Grain bars are ok, as long as you look at them more as a cookie I think. I remember trying those All-Bran bars a while back and was surprised that they tasted pretty good. But for me, if i'm going to have a granola bar, I love the Kashi bars (especially the peanut peanut butter). I loved Clif bars but can no longer eat them because of the soy.

    I sometimes see something called a "bowel buddy" (there's an attractive name) in the grocery store. I assume they are super high fibre, have never tried them though.

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    1. re: im_nomad
      mwok Mar 1, 2011 06:47 AM

      How come the masai tribe does not eat fiber and they are doing just fine (even better than us)? I think we have narrowed down certain food components, fiber in this case, for marketing reasons.

      If you want fiber, go eat some fruits.

    2. r
      redfish62 Mar 1, 2011 04:20 AM

      Walmart sells "Good Value" fiber bars at a good price, same as the name brand ones, enough fiber to keep a rhinocerous regular.

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        AdamD Mar 1, 2011 04:17 AM

        +1 on the gnu bars
        The fiber one bars taste like plastic to me.

        1. l
          lexpatti Jun 25, 2008 09:51 PM

          I don't like most but do like Fiber One and the Kashi ones. The fiber one yogurt is great too, we also just bought fiber one burger buns that were great.

          want a high fiber snack? melt a choco candy bar, then mix it with Fiber One cereal (original), then drop clusters on wax paper, (in the fridge for a couple minutes). Awesome snack

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          1. re: lexpatti
            dolores Jun 26, 2008 02:41 AM

            Thanks, lexpatti. I was doing the fiber cereal and yogurt bit, but got bored. Your idea sounds good.

            I bought the Fiber One bars, and they are pretty darned good. The Nutri Grain -- boy do THEY buy a lot of top shelf supermarket space! -- bars went down like candy, but the Fiber One were actually pretty filling.

            Tiny little bars for a lot of money, I have to check out Costco for them.

            I didn't have time to get to the organic aisle, but Kashi is next.

            1. re: dolores
              ArikaDawn Jun 26, 2008 06:04 AM

              I also like the Fiber One Oat and Chocolate bars. They have more sugar than I like, but are low-cal and good when I want a candy bar. You can get them 2/1.19 at Walgreens.



          2. rockandroller1 Jun 25, 2008 12:36 PM

            Gnu bars. Tasty, TONS of fiber and no HFCS: www.gnufoods.com

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            1. re: rockandroller1
              Emme Jun 25, 2008 07:20 PM

              I must inject my opinion here... my mom loves these... I think they taste awful... I don't care for any of the flavors. They taste healthy but not in a good way to me. Actually they remind me a bit of Odwalla bars, which I don't care for either. Soft, a bit chewy, and oaty. Dunno. I'd advise tasting one before committing to a box or anything.

            2. Sam Fujisaka Jun 24, 2008 11:06 PM

              Aside from legumes, cereals, and other fruit, bananas are as convenient as cereal bars and as good as most.

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              1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                taresa514 Jun 25, 2008 10:28 AM

                I agree with the Fiber One bars. I've tried several flavors and find them pretty tasty.

                1. re: taresa514
                  dolores Jun 25, 2008 10:37 AM

                  Thanks, all. That looks like the way I'll go, the Fiber One bars.

                  1. re: dolores
                    paper_bag_princess Jun 25, 2008 10:52 AM

                    The Fiber One bars have a ton of sugar in them.

                    Kashi bars are probably the best for you, they use only whole grains, no white flour and only natural sugar such as honey or cane sugar. Plus only 4 grams of sugar in the entire bar.

                    1. re: paper_bag_princess
                      dolores Jun 25, 2008 11:01 AM

                      Thanks, paperbagprincess, I'll make a note of them too.

                      1. re: dolores
                        goodhealthgourmet Jun 25, 2008 07:25 PM

                        i don't eat any of them so i don't know about taste, but from a nutrition perspective i have to agree with pbp & rnr - kashi & gnu are the best bets.

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                KevinB Jun 24, 2008 09:30 PM

                I have been reading labels for years trying to find a marginally nutritious cereal bar. Haven't found one yet. Almost all include two to three times the sugar that I (as a diabetic) allow myself each day, way too many carbs, hardly any protein, and generally poor scores on listed vitamins and minerals.

                Other than that, I have nothing against them.

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                1. re: KevinB
                  ipsedixit Jun 24, 2008 10:21 PM

                  Have you tried the Think Thin bars?


                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    goodhealthgourmet Jun 25, 2008 07:23 PM

                    ipse, do you eat those think thin bars? i can't have them because of the soy, but i always figured i would have skipped them anyway because all those sugar alcohols would kill my stomach.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                      ipsedixit Jun 25, 2008 09:32 PM

                      I tried them once, but they are tasteless. Day-old cardboard sprinkled with Flintstones vitamins would have more flavor in comparison.

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                  Val Jun 24, 2008 05:55 PM

                  I've read good things about Fiber One bars...9 grams of fiber in one bar...11 grams of sugar though. I've also seen Dr. Weil's bars in the health food store recently.

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                  1. re: Val
                    Emme Jun 24, 2008 10:08 PM

                    The Fiber One bars are actually quite tasty.

                    Anybody remember Fi-Bars from years ago? What happened to these? Mom and Nanny used to eat these on their diets when I was a kid, and I always use to eat them too because they tasted good to me... I think Mom and Nanny thought I was nuts and were a little piqued at me "using up the diet foods."

                  2. southernitalian Jun 24, 2008 01:53 PM

                    My eleven year old loves Nutrigrain bars. While not obviously being bad, they are not good for you.

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