Centre for Nutrition

Big test of bars

- Two of these are as unhealthy as candy.


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Bars have become a common snack between meals. Ingredients such as oats, nuts, dried fruits, coconut, and honey make them seem healthy, but are they? 

PhD candidates Vegard Lysne and Cathrine Horn and Professor in clinical nutrition Jutta Dierkes from the Centre of Nutrition tested 12 bars and ranked them by amount of sugar, calories and dietary fiber per bar.  

The bars differed tremendously in size and amount of sugar. “Two of the bars contained so much sugar that it should be classified as candy”, explains Vegard Lysne. “A lot of bars have a packaging and presentation that makes them look healthy and natural. Still they score vary bad”, agrees Cathrine Horn.  


The article with the full ranking of the twelve snack bars can be found via the links below (Norwegian only). A subscription is required to get access to the full article.

BT: https://www.bt.no/100Sport/sprek/Stor-test-av-mellombarer--To-av-disse-er-like-usunne-som-godteri-267242b.html

Aftenposten: https://www.aftenposten.no/100Sport/sprek/Stor-test-av-mellombarer--To-av-disse-er-like-usunne-som-godteri-267242b.html 

Fædrelandsvennen: https://www.fvn.no/100Sport/sprek/Stor-test-av-mellombarer--To-av-disse-er-like-usunne-som-godteri-267242b.html

Stavanger Aftenblad: https://www.aftenbladet.no/100Sport/sprek/Stor-test-av-mellombarer--To-av-disse-er-like-usunne-som-godteri-267242b.html