The FDA is at it again. Now, the nutritious, protein packed, minimally processed, no added preservatives or any kind of junk snack bar is unhealthy. This is according to the same body of people who once claimed for years that butter and eggs cause high cholesterol, only to reverse this train of thought 2 months ago (finally).
So why is the government deeming the KIND bars as unhealthy and going so far as to make KIND remove the word ‘healthy’ from their packaging? Two words: Saturated Fat. Four flavors of KIND’s bars contain more than 1 gram of saturated fat.
Here’s the thing… this fat comes from the whole, raw nuts that they are made from.
Let’s examine this in relation to other whole foods:
Organic, virgin coconut oil has 13 grams of saturated fat in one tablespoon.
An avocado has 3.1 grams of saturated fat per 1 cup sliced up.
A 0.5 fillet of salmon (1 portion) has 6 grams of saturated fat.
Hard cheeses have approximately 28 grams of saturated fat in half a cup.
Peanuts have approximately 5 grams of saturated fat in half a cup.
Saturated fats coming from whole foods found in nature are healthy fats that our bodies need. Saturated fats coming from nature “provide a concentrated source of energy in your diet, and they provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances.
When you eat saturated fats as part of your meal, they slow down absorption so that you can go longer without feeling hungry. In addition, they act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Dietary fats are also needed for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, for mineral absorption, and for a host of other biological processes” (Mercola).
So, like anything else that happens to come up in relation to food and the government (you know, like organic foods aren’t more nutritious than non-organic foods and GMO’s are safe – eye-roll), take what you are hearing with a grain of salt and
use common sense do your own research.
The fact is that KIND bars are a great alternative to any kind of processed food bars, snack bars or candy bars. With just 5 grams of naturally occurring sugar (like honey), you can satisfy your sweet tooth for the day, while also balancing that with at least 5 grams of protein in the same bar. This is in addition to the benefits of the nutrients provided with the nuts and seeds that nature provides and KIND utilizes to make a wholesome snack.