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Are you eating candy for breakfast?

baby ruth candy bar

Are you eating candy for breakfast?

I mean, you wouldn’t throw your kid a Baby Ruth bar and call it breakfast, would you?

I didn’t think so.

How about as a “snack’? Still, probably not.

A snack should have some health benefit to it.

Maybe as a treat. That’s it. Candy is a treat!

But maybe, just maybe, you might throw them a Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Granola Nut Bar. I certainly thought that was a better alternative to a candy bar. After all, it’s Nature Valley.  Just the name conjures visions of healthiness. A stroll in a green meadow, set deep in a valley with blue skies above…sunshine…

When I was a kid, I loved Baby Ruth bars. Chocolate, nugget, peanuts. Sweet and salty all at once (the best for “that time of the month!). But I’ve been trying to stay away from too much candy so when I saw these bars in the store I thought, perfect. Nature Valley Sweet & Salty granola bar with Dark Chocolate, Peanut, and Almond. What a great substitute for when that sweet, salty, chocolate fix is calling.

I’m a reader of labels. But I didn’t read this one before I bought it. Why? It sounded like a healthy alternative. So how bad could it be?

Well, calorie for calorie, ounce for ounce the  Nature Valley bar might have a slight edge on a Baby Ruth Bar, but not by much.

The Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Nut bar is about 1/2 the size of a regular Baby Ruth bar. For those of you without a control switch to eating only half of a Baby Ruth bar, this is an advantage. But otherwise…

Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Nut




baby ruth candy bar

Why it pays to read the label

Ounce for ounce, the Nature Valley bar has MORE calories with 160 compared to 140. It also has more fat. I know shocker! Nature Valley, 8 grams, Baby Ruth 6.5. Baby Ruth has more sugar, but not by much 16g compared to 13g. Both of them contain sugar, corn syrup and fructose. Seriously?

The only real edge the Nature Valley Bar has over the Baby Ruth bar is what it doesn’t contain. It doesn’t contain any hydrogenated oil. Otherwise, if you compare them side by side, the ingredient list is almost the same.

And anything that is packaged to last for more than a year in the future, well, that should be suspect in the first place.

So here I sit, looking at my Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Nut Granola Bars with Dark Chocolate, Peanuts, and Almond, and I’m glad and sad. Glad, that I read the label and am not eating them, sad, that I read the label and am not eating them.

They were pretty tasty.

But next time, I’m reading before I buy.

Fresh fruit anyone?

2 Responses

  1. For healthy, you’re going to need to look in the direction of Odwalla, Kashi and the like. There are lots of healthier snack bars out there. I love cliff myself, but always keep some kashi bars in my car because they help me pass the fast food chains when I’m driving hungry.

  2. Yeah, but even with those you have to be careful which ones you choose. Clif bars are high in calories, and not so low in sugars depending on the bar, and Kashi is the same. Me? From now on I’ll stick with a half of a Baby Ruth when I want my nutty/salty chocolate fix 🙂

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