Inspired by my recent “How much sugar in your breakfast?” post, I decided to dedicate an entire post to just breakfast bars today. So many of us are too busy to even think about sitting down for a proper breakfast, which means it’s all grab-and-go these days. Sadly, many of the brands that one would think are “better” choices are loaded with sugar, so below I’m sharing a variety of brands listed from least to most sugar. Just to recap…
How much sugar we should be eating
The recommended daily allowance of added sugar is:
- 12 grams for children
- 24 grams for women
- 36 grams for men
Not all sugars or bars are created equal
Just a reminder that most labels don’t break out naturally occurring sugar from added sugar (at this time) so I can only compare these products based on the totals. A few contain some naturally occurring sugar, but I tried to select most that don’t to make things as “apples to apples” as possible. That’s why I didn’t include one of our favorites, LARABAR, because it’s mostly dried fruit which would skew the total. And, on that note, these bars are not created equal otherwise.
WARNING: Some bars listed here are full of junky additives (like artificial flavors) and others qualify as a “cleaner” bar for sure. Just because a clean bar has twice as much sugar as a highly-processed one does not mean that should be your only consideration! Also, some bar brands offer many different flavors, all with varying sugar counts. But for the sake of comparison, we’re going to put all of that aside for the moment and look at how much damage just one of your favorite bars will do to your sugar intake for the day!
How much sugar is in your breakfast bar?
These are in order from least to most sugar and it’s crazy how once you get further down the list, so many of them exceed the 12-gram limit that’s recommended for the entire day for our kids. And remember, this is just breakfast…
Health Warrior Organic Pumpkin Seed Bars
Annie’s Organic Chewy Granola Bars – Chocolate Chip
KIND Breakfast Bars – Blueberry Almond
CLIF Kid Organic ZBar – Chocolate Brownie
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars – Oats ‘n Honey
Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Soft Baked – Blueberry
Kellogg’s Special K Protein Meal Bars – Chocolate Peanut Butter
KIND Fruit & Nut Bars – Almond & Coconut
Quaker Breakfast Squares – Baked Apple Cinnamon
Quaker Chewy Dipps – Chocolate Chip
LUNA Protein Bars – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Balance Protein Bars – Cookie Dough
Clif Energy Bars – Chocolate Almond Fudge