A Teaspoon Guide to Australian Muesli Bars

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A Teaspoon Guide to Australian Muesli Bars

2008

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© 2008 Morton Gillespie Pty Ltd - David Gillespie.

A Teaspoon Guide to

Australian Muesli Bars

The following lists set out the Muesli Bars on sale in Australia that have

the least sugar (the Best 10), those that have the most sugar (the Worst 10)

and a complete listing of all of them. The complete listing also includes a

handy teaspoon reckoner so you can see how many spoonfuls of sugar you

will get in a standard serve of that Bar.

Some Muesli Bars are sweetened with artificial sweeteners. Polydextrose

(sometimes called Litesse) deserves a special mention because it is

increasingly being used with artificial sweeteners in ‘sugar-free’ foods.

Polydextrose is classified as a fibre but it is made from dextrose (glucose)

and sorbitol (which is converted to fructose), so your body ‘sees’ it as a

sugar. The label on the product will proudly proclaim that it is high in fibre

and low in sugar, when in fact most of the so called fibre is really sugar.

Humans (and most other mammals) do not have the enzymes (chopping shears) necessary to

cut up a polydextrose. We do have enzymes for sugar, fructose, glucose and starch, so when

we eat those sugars, they get dealt with immediately in our small intestine (with disastrous

consequences in the case of fructose).

But when we eat polydextrose it sails straight through our small intestine and becomes

pet-food for the bacteria that inhabit our large intestine. Our little passengers love the stuff,

chomping away furiously on it and converting it into fatty acids (which we then absorb into

our blood stream) and gases (which we … well, you get the picture).

Fatty acids released in this way may not trigger an appetite suppressing response (unlike

normal dietary fat, which does).

This means that we could just be skinning the cat another way. Whether bacteria fill our

arteries with fatty acids (when we digest polydextrose) or our liver does the job (when we

digest fructose) is probably beside the point if neither of them trigger a hormonal response

that suppresses our appetite.

The long and the short of it is that I recommend you avoid foods sweetened with

polydextrose or maltitol (as it is converted to fructose anyway).

The Best 10

1

Atkins

Advantage range

*0.0%-5.0%

2

Carman’s

Original Fruit-Free

7.1%

3

Carman’s

Apricot & Almond

8.2%

4

Slim Secrets

range

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11.0%

5

Be Natural

Honey Nut Trail Bar

13.1%

6

100 Healthy Calories

Super Berry

Breakfast Bar

13.4%

7

Weight Watchers

Ginger Kiss

Muffin Bar

^14.0%

8

A.O.

Mixed Nut Bar

14.3%

9

Be Natural

Sunflower & Pepita Nut Bar

14.5%

10

Woolworths

Naytura 4 Seed Bar

15.6%

* Sweetened with Sucralose

#

Sweetened with Maltitol

^ Sweetened with Polydextrose

The Worst 10

1

Go Natural

100% Fruit Bar - Apricot

61.8%

2

Go Natural

100% Fruit Bar – Fruit

Medley

57.9%

3

Sun

Apricot Bar

57.2%

4

Go Natural

Popcorn & Fruit Bar – Apple

& Cinnamon

54.1%

5

Be Natural

Fruit & Nut Yoghurt

Coated Nut Bar

44.6%

6

Orgran Fruit

Filled Blueberry Bar

43.0%

7

Sun

Cashew Nut & Honey Bar

42.9%

8

Tasti

Carob coated Fruit & Nut Snak Log

42.5%

9

Go Natural

Yoghurt Fruit & Nut Delight

41.5%

10

Coles Smart Buy

Choc Chip Chewy

Muesli Bar

41.2%

The Complete List

Not all bars are created equal. Some are 30g and some are 70g and there are lots in between.

To make sure we’re comparing apples with apples, I’ve standardized the serving size to 50g

(about the size of the average bar).

Teaspoons per

Serve (50g) Muesli Bar Percentage Sugar

100 Healthy Calories

●●

Hi-Lite Breakfast Bar 16.9%

◑●

Super Berry Breakfast Bar 13.4%

A.O.

◑●●

Almond, Peanut & Apricot Bar 21.1%

◔●●

Apricot & Almond Bar 18.6%

◔●●

Cashew & Coconut Bar 18.3%

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Teaspoons per

Serve (50g) Muesli Bar Percentage Sugar

◕●

Mixed Nut Bar 14.3%

●●●

Roasted Hazelnut & Raisin with Chocolate 25.9%

Atkins

Advantage Chocolate Decadence 1.7%

Advantage Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch 1.8%

Advantage Mocha Crunch 0.0%

Advantage Chocolate Peanut Butter 1.7%

Advantage S’mores 1.7%

Endulge Chocolate 5.0%

Endulge Wafer Chocolate Mint 4.6%

Morning Shine Apple Crisp 2.7%

Morning Shine Choc Chip Crisp 2.7%

Morning Shine Creamy Cinnamon Bun 0.0%

Morning Shine Strawberry Crisp 2.7%

Be Natural

◔●●●●

Fruit & Nut 36.5%

◔●●●

Nut Bars Almond & Apricot 27.4%

◕●●●●

Nut Bars Almond & Apricot Yoghurt Coated 39.0%

◔●●●●●

Nut Bars Fruit & Nut Yoghurt Coated 44.6%

◑●●●

Nut Bars Macadamia Apricot 29.0%

●●

Nut Bars Macadamia Honey 16.0%

◕●●●

Nut Bars Macadamia Honey Carob Coated 30.8%

●●●

Nut Bars Sesame Nut Split 25.0%

◕●

Nut Bars Sunflower & Pepita 14.5%

●●

Nut Delight 17.0%

◑●●

Trail Bars Cranberry 21.6%

◑●

Trail Bars Honey Nut 13.1%

◑●●

Trail Bars Nut & Fruit 20.3%

Cadbury

●●●

BrunchBar Apricot & Almond 25.7%

◕●●●

BrunchBar Fruit & Nut 31.4%

◔●●●

BrunchBar Hazelnut 28.3%

●●●●

BrunchBar Mixed Berry 32.6%

●●●●

BrunchBar Raisin 33.4%

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Teaspoons per

Serve (50g) Muesli Bar Percentage Sugar

Carman's

Apricot & Almond 8.2%

◔●●

Classic Fruit 19.8%

Original Fruit-free 7.1%

Coles Smart Buy

●●●●●

Chewy Muesli Bars Choc Chip 41.2%

◕●●

Chewy Muesli Bars Chocolate Topped 22.9%

Go Natural

◔●●●●●●●

100% Fruit Bar Apricot 61.8%

●●●●●●●

100% Fruit Bar Fruit Medley 57.9%

◔●●●●

Almond & Apricot Snack Bars 35.3%

◔●●

Almond & Cashew 19.9%

◑●●●●

Carob Macadamia 36.9%

◑●●

Macadamia & Hazelnut 20.1%

◑●●●●

Macadamia Dream 37.9%

●●●●

Nut Fantastic 33.0%

◕●●●●

Organic Wholegrain Meal Bar Apple & Sultana Ripple 38.9%

◔●●●●

Organic Wholegrain Meal Bar Apricot 35.6%

◑●●●●●●

Popcorn & Fruit Bar Apple & Cinnamon 54.1%

●●●●●

Yoghurt Fruit & Nut Delight 41.5%

Kelloggs

●●●

All Bran Baked Bars Honey & Oat 25.0%

◕●●

All Bran Baked Bars Sultana & Cinnamon 22.5%

◔●●●

Crunchy Nut Nutty Mixed Nut 26.3%

◔●●●

Crunchy Nut Nutty Peanut 28.0%

◑●●●

K-time Muffin Bars Apple Flavour 30.0%

◕●●●

K-time Muffin Bars Blueberry Flavour 31.8%

◑●●●

K-time Twists Apple & Cinnamon Flavour 29.3%

◔●●●

K-time Twists Raspberry & Apple 28.2%

◑●●●

K-time Twists Strawberry & Blueberry 30.2%

◑●●●

K-time Twists Strawberry & Yoghurt Flavour 28.9%

◑●●●●

LCMs Coco Pops Kaleidos 37.3%

◑●●●

LCMs Rice Bubbles 30.0%

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Teaspoons per

Serve (50g) Muesli Bar Percentage Sugar

●●●●

LCMs Rice Bubbles Zebra Spots 34.1%

◕●●●

LCMs Shakes Choc Shake Flavour 30.5%

◕●●●

LCMs Shakes Strawberry Shake Flavour 30.9%

●●

Muesli Bars Choc Chip 16.6%

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Muesli Bars Choc Honeycomb 16.6%

●●

Muesli Bars Choc Malt 16.6%

●●

Muesli Bars Choc Vanilla Malt 16.6%

◔●●●●

Nutri-Grain Bar Choc Malt 36.7%

◑●●●●

Nutri-Grain Bar Honeycomb Flavour 38.0%

◔●●●●

Nutri-Grain Bar Original 36.7%

◕●●●

Special K Bar Mango & Passionfruit Flavour with a Yoghurty Drizzle 31.2%

◕●●●

Special K Bar Original with a Yoghurty Drizzle 30.8%

Leda

◕●●●●

Gluten Free Apple & Cinnamon 40.5%

◕●●●●

Gluten Free Strawberry 40.3%

◕●●●●

Gluten Free Triple Berry 40.3%

Musashi

◕●●

Growling Dog Chocolate 23.2%

●●●

Growling Dog Wildberry 25.2%

◕●●

Lose It Apple & Strawberry 22.1%

◑●●

Muscle Slice Fruit & Nut 20.2%

Nana Diver's

◕●●●

Apricot & Yogurt Mini Meal 32.0%

◕●●

Banana & Yogurt Mini Meal 23.9%

◕●●

Chocolate Chip Mini Meal 22.4%

●●●

Honey Oat & Sultana Mini Meal 26.2%

◕●●

Lots of Fruit Mini Meal 23.5%

◑●●●

Macadamia Choc Mini Meal 29.2%

Nature's Way

◔●●

Slim Right Choc Almond 18.6%

Nestlé

◕●●●

Milo Energy Snack Bar 31.0%

◕●●●●

Milo Energy Snack Bar with Milk 40.7%

◕●●

Starz Incredibites 23.0%

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Teaspoons per

Serve (50g) Muesli Bar Percentage Sugar

●●●●●

Fruit Filled Blueberry Bar 43.0%

Power Bar

◑●●

Chocolate Flavour 22.0%

Slim Secrets

◔●

Afternoon Snack Attack 9.8%

Mintabolism Boost 8.5%

◔●

Morning Rev-Up 11.0%

◔●

Night Time Binge-Buster 10.3%

Sun

◕●●●●●●

Apricot Bar 57.2%

●●●●●

Cashew Nut & Honey Bar 42.9%

●●●●

Macadamia & Honey Bar 34.3%

Sunbeam

●●●●

Fruit 'n'ut Cashew Blend 33.7%

◕●●●●

Fruit 'n'ut Original 39.1%

Tasti

◑●●

Milkies Choc Banana 20.0%

◔●●

Milkies Choc Strawberry 19.5%

◔●●

Milkies Choc Vanilla 19.5%

◔●●●

Muffin Bakes Choc Banana 26.3%

◑●●●

Muffin Bakes Choc Fudge 29.3%

◕●●●

Muffin Bakes Ginger Kiss 32.5%

◕●●●

Muffin Bakes Raspberry & Yoghurt Duo 31.8%

◑●●●

Muffin Bakes Sticky Date 29.0%

●●●

Nut Bar Choc & Peanut 25.6%

●●●

Nut Bar Choc Almond 25.6%

◕●●

Nut Bar Choc Apricot, Coconut & Cashew 22.1%

●●●

Nut Bar Choc Hazelnut 25.9%

◕●●●

Nut Bar Fruit & Nut 30.9%

◔●●●●

Nut Bar Yoghurt Fruit & Nut 34.7%

◕●●●●

Snak Logs Carob Coated Apricot 39.8%

●●●●●

Snak Logs Carob Coated Fruit & Nut 42.5%

◑●●●●

Snak Logs Oats, Golden Syrup & Coconut 36.8%

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Teaspoons per

Serve (50g) Muesli Bar Percentage Sugar

Uncle Tobys

◑●●

Chewy Apricot 21.1%

●●

Chewy Choc Chip 17.6%

◕●●

Chewy Forest Furits Flavour 23.6%

◔●●

Chewy White Choc Chip 18.5%

◑●●

Crunchy Apricot Flavour 22.0%

◑●●

Crunchy Choc Chip 20.0%

●●

Crunchy Nut Crumble 17.0%

●●

Crunchy Original 17.5%

◔●●●

Delights Caramel Almond 28.3%

◑●●●

Delights Caramel Vanilla 30.0%

◕●●●

Delights Choc Crunch 32.2%

◕●●●

Delights Choc Hazelnut 32.0%

●●●●●

Fruit Twists Apple & Blackcurrant 41.1%

◕●●●●

Fruit Twists Pear & Apricot 40.8%

◕●●●●

Fruit Twists Strawberry & Blueberry 40.8%

◕●●●●

Fruit Twists Strawberry Smoothie 40.3%

●●●●

Fruit-Full Bars Apple 33.8%

●●●●

Fruit-Full Bars Apple & Raspberry 33.5%

●●●●

Fruit-Full Bars Apricot 33.5%

●●●●

Fruit-Full Bars Mixed Berry 33.8%

◕●●●

OT's Cereal & Milk Bars Cocoa Crispy O's 32.5%

●●●●

OT's Cereal & Milk Bars Vanilla Crispy O's 33.0%

◔●●●●

OT's Cereal & Milk Bars Wildberry Flavour Cripsy O's 34.8%

◑●●●

Yoghurt Topps Apricot 30.0%

◔●●●

Yoghurt Topps Honeycomb Flavour 28.1%

◕●●●

Yoghurt Topps Mango & Passionfruit 30.7%

◑●●●

Yoghurt Topps Raspberry Flavour 30.0%

◑●●●

Yoghurt Topps Strawberry Flavour 29.7%

Wallaby

◔●●●●

Wallaby Natural Pure Fruit Bar 35.0%

Weight Watchers

●●

Black Forest Muffin Bar 17.1%

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Teaspoons per

Serve (50g) Muesli Bar Percentage Sugar

◑●●●

Real Fruit Cereal Bars Apple Crumble 29.5%

◑●●●

Real Fruit Cereal Bars Apricot Pie 29.3%

◑●●●

Real Fruit Cereal Bars Blueberry Crumble 29.3%

◑●●●

Real Fruit Cereal Bars Fruit of the Forest 29.3%

◑●●●

Real Fruit Cereal Bars Raspberry Pie 29.3%

◕●●●

Real Fruit Cereal Bars strawberry & blueberry duo 30.7%

Woolworths

◕●

Naytura 4 Seed Bar 15.6%

◑●●

Naytura Almond & Apricot Bar 20.2%

◑●●●

Naytura Cranberry & Macadamia Bar 30.4%

●●●

Naytura Fruit & Nut Bar 25.0%

●●●

Naytura Yoghurt, Almond and Peach Bar 26.2%

You'll Love Coles

◔●●

Chewy Muesli Bars Apricot & Coconut 19.7%

◕●●

Chewy Muesli Bars Chocolate Topped 22.9%

◔●●●

Yoghurt Topped Apricot 27.1%

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