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June 7, 2011 10:08 AM
I've developed an obsession with the Canadian Maple Syrup Nature Valley Crunchy Granola bars. I like to have one packet (2 bars) each night before I go to bed and was wondering if this would be bad for my weight loss if it's included in my calorie count? After I've eaten it my stomach always sticks out A LOT but goes back to normal when I wake up, which is okay I guess, since no one sees me at night after I've eaten one.

I've tried lower calorie granola bars but none of them compare to this one for me, and I was wondering if it's okay to be indulging in a packet each night? I eat relatively well throughout the day with no junk food. I just always feel guilty after eating these.
June 7, 2011 10:11 AM
I like the peanut butter kind. I think if you are hungry and want a sweet, they are a good substitute for something more caloric or fattening. And if you are still within your calorie count, go for it. Enjoy those granola bars. drinker
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June 7, 2011 10:11 AM
In my opinion, they are healthy (all natural ..etc) I just dont know If I would eat one right before bed. Carbs and sugar before sleep just usually for me isn't the best plan. I'd say have one earlier in the afternoon and maybe some protein before you sleep? Just my thoughts... ;)
June 7, 2011 10:13 AM
I never have trouble sleeping with them, I have them before bed because it gives me something to look forward to throughout the rest of the day and keeps me eating healthily throughout the day because I know I have something I really want waiting for me at the end!
June 7, 2011 10:14 AM
I have become obessed with the Pecan Nature Valley Bars. They have a lot of sugar and sodium but if you like them enjoy. I say it's better than eating a snickers every night.
  2125512
June 7, 2011 10:15 AM
There's worse things you could eat, but I would try to find an alternative. I love oatmeal with splenda and cinnamon. I am going to experiment with oatmeal cookies later....
June 7, 2011 10:15 AM
Try just having 1 bar? They're very high in sugar ( carbs) so it's really not ideal to have before bed.
I know what you mean though, i absolutely love them, I have a pack every now and then, but only in my heaviest exercise days between classes...
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  3405476
June 7, 2011 10:16 AM
I love the granola thins. . I say they're better than a candy bar out of the machine!!
  3592696
June 7, 2011 10:16 AM
They're good for you and if they fit in your calorie count for the day, have at it. The stomach bloat is more than likely due to the fiber content which isn't a bad thing...it's good for you too but a lot at once tends to make some people bloat until your stomach settles and your body starts to process it all. No worries! Enjoy.
  4981906
June 7, 2011 10:16 AM
I love the granola thins. . I say they're better than a candy bar out of the machine!!
  3592696
June 7, 2011 10:23 AM
I found the goodness knows yummy snack squares are the best. The have 3 different flavors and you get 4 squares in a pack age. For 150 cals 7 gm fat, 12 g sugars they are a tasty treat and the best part (2 really) they are dipped in dark chocolate and the fat content is monounsaturated so it's a huge bonus!!!!!! They are really yummy made with nuts, and berries dipped in chocolate .....what more could you ask for??/
  6383627
June 7, 2011 11:13 AM
oooh i love the nature valley chewy trail mix bars. They seem much more natural than a lot of cereal bars. I sometimes have one for breakfast or post-workout/run
June 7, 2011 12:28 PM
I like those chewy ones too as well as the maple granola ones. They are better than a bar of choc but still have a lot of rubbish. If u enjoy them and they are included in your allowance then have it if it it your little treat and something to look forward to. Personally I prefer nakd bars which I think are a bit better for you and even better than the natures valley
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June 7, 2011 12:35 PM
I get the crumbs ALLLLLLL over me, so had to stop. tongue
  7973263
June 7, 2011 12:37 PM
Why are they considered healthy? They have a measly 2 g of fiber. Other than that I don't see anything redeeming about them. They are carbs loaded with sugar. Not that there is anything wrong with that if it fits into your calorie goals. But *healthy*? No.
  4901482
June 7, 2011 1:00 PM
I love those too, but I don't have the calorie or sugar allowance to enjoy them right now.

They are high in sugar ( hopefully you eat them before cleaning your teeth! bigsmile ) which isn't ideal at the best of times, and sugary calories eaten just before going to sleep aren't a great idea because less of the sugar is used straight after eating it, so I'd try and restrict it to one bar.

Having said that, if you do have the calories for them, the effect won't be so great that it will stop you losing weight.

Not healthy though, which was your question. Healthier than a chocolate bar, sure, but what isn't?
  6288475
June 7, 2011 1:12 PM
Challenging question-



What's wrong with sugar and carbs? Assuming you're not diabetic or suffer from another MD.


I ask this question especially in response to the "carbs are bad before bed" statements.


To answer the question of the OP, if they fit into your daily allotment of calories for weight loss, then eat them.
June 7, 2011 1:21 PM
I'm not sure why people seem to think sugar and carbs are automatically 'bad' or unhealthy. I mean, if that's all you're eating, of course it is. But there is nothing inherently bad about them.

I say go for it. I often eat these as well - I carry granola bars and things around with me, in case I get hungry when I'm away from home. There are definitely granola bars with more health benefits, if that's what you're looking for, but that doesn't mean these are unhealthy - just not as healthy as other things.
  6385081
June 7, 2011 1:24 PM
QUOTE:

I'm not sure why people seem to think sugar and carbs are automatically 'bad' or unhealthy. I mean, if that's all you're eating, of course it is. But there is nothing inherently bad about them.



Exactly. Assuming that you are getting an adequate amount of protein and fat, there's nothing wrong with carbohydrates.
June 7, 2011 1:39 PM
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I'm not sure why people seem to think sugar and carbs are automatically 'bad' or unhealthy. I mean, if that's all you're eating, of course it is. But there is nothing inherently bad about them.
Exactly. Assuming that you are getting an adequate amount of protein and fat, there's nothing wrong with carbohydrates.
Nothing wrong with carbs, everything wrong with too much sugar. Some is okay, too much is not.

Whether two of these bars = too much sugar for the OP I've no idea. I do know that the sugar content of these bars is too high for me to have two a day.
  6288475
June 7, 2011 4:58 PM
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Nothing wrong with carbs, everything wrong with too much sugar. Some is okay, too much is not.

Whether two of these bars = too much sugar for the OP I've no idea. I do know that the sugar content of these bars is too high for me to have two a day.


Exactly. If the calories fit into your day, fine. The question was are they healthy. I don't see anything nutritionally redeeming about them except the measly 2 grams of fiber.
  4901482
June 8, 2011 12:48 AM
The sugar doesn't bother me, I'm always over on sugar anyway because I eat a lot of fruit, but it's never hindered my weight loss. Forgot to mention that I'm actually maintaining now anyway, so I guess I can afford to eat them now? Haha.
Thanks for everyone's helppppp. c:
June 8, 2011 2:14 AM
I love the Oats and Honey and have them for breakfast within my calorie allowance.
If you take them into allowance, I dont see it as a problem, its your lifestyle, your health, your weight loss programme, then again you did come on here and ask the question.
Enjoy them..
  7434704
June 8, 2011 4:28 AM
Interesting topic, interesting replies. My own opinion: Checking the nutritional label on the bars on the "manufacturer's" website, it appears the second ingredient listed is sugar. I would reckon that simply means processed, refined sugar. And rather than get involved in a lengthy debate here on the dietary aspects of consuming that kind of sugar, I suggest merely doing just a little bit of research, perhaps start by using Google. Type in "refined sugar" with the quotes, and just check out some of the results. Not that EVERYTHING you read on the internet is truth, nor is it all lies. smile But you will get some interesting perspectives. Like this link: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/refined-sugar-the-sweetest-poison-of-all.html

While my opinion is that anything that contains processed refined sugar is not healthy, to each his or her own. Whatever you do, and whatever you think, here's wishing you healthy, happy times!
  5463998
June 8, 2011 4:39 AM
Sounds like you are counting the entire portion... you are counting the entire portion aren't you? Sometimes the labels are sneaky and a single package might be two servings.... in any case, if you are counting and staying within your limits, I would say enjoy it.


I personally do not like the idea of eating things later in the evening (or after dinner) simply because I am winding down and so is my metabolism...less opportunity to burn and control those same calories....
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