A couple of days ago, Geoff Glick and I ordered a Kale Salad at lunch. It sounds healthy because of the title. We both asked for the dressing on the side.
Out came a dressing that looked like something straight out of the mayonnaise jar. We told the waitress that we were a little confused by the dressing. She smiled and said, “yes, people probably think they are eating healthy when they order the salad with that dressing on it”.
I thought of this when I saw a recent settlement involving one of those meal bars. Originally they were being marketed as a workout bar. Then, they transitioned into a broader market. You even see them in various forms and brands at the counters of gas stations and convenience stores.
As to the settlement, CBC News advises that Soylent meal replacement bars have been recalled in Canada and the United States after complaints that people were getting sick after eating them. Soylent admits that a number of consumers have “experienced gastrointestinal issues” after eating the bars. The company reports that it is investigating the cause of illness. The bar is marketed as a meal replacement. The ingredients are listed as consisting of carbohydrates, protein, fats and vitamins, including rice protein, oats, flour and soy.
That made me wonder about these bars. So, I googled the topic and here’s what I found:
Here’s a WebMD article titled Meal Replacements: Choose Those Bars and Drinks Carefully. These are some of the recommendations for a bar:
- 220-230 calories per serving
- Less than 5 grams of fat per serving
- 3-5 grams of fiber per serving
- 10-15 grams of protein per serving
- Fortified with a third of daily vitamins and minerals
That’s just a thought. I would like to write more on the “bar nutrition” but I have to run to a meeting. Still… meal replacement is a difficult topic for me because I so enjoy eating!!!!
And for pic o’ day here’s to keeping our eye on the prize: