I like to make it a point to try popular foods, and foods marketed for weight management so that I am better aware and educated when working with my patients. Most recently, I tried this bar called the “Full Bar”. The bars are created by a bariatric surgeon, and they claim the bars were created with weight loss surgery principles in mind. The bars even give you directions on the package for how to eat them. I kind of felt like an idiot for having to read directions on how to eat. The directions say to eat a Full Bar 30 minutes before your meal, and drink a 16 oz. glass of water with the bar. Then, the directions say to take note of your hunger level on a scale of 1 to 10 when you begin to eat your meal (and throughout the meal).
The idea behind snacking on these bars is that they will fill you up a little before your meal, and allow you to eat a lot less at meal time. This is important to follow when you are trying to avoid overeating at mealtime. But, you don’t necessarily have to eat a Full Bar. A simple piece of fruit with a slice of reduced fat cheese will give you the same effects. And drinking that 16 oz. glass of water before mealtime will keep your stomach full (of fluid) as well. You don’t need a label on a bar to remind you. The sugar content of these bars is a little high as well. A better choice would be a bar that has about 5 or 6g sugar.
Full Bars Nutrition Facts:150-180 calories, 1-4.5g fat, 28-31g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 9-13g sugar, 5-7g protein.
Taste: I only tried the peanut butter flavor. I give them a 2.75/5. A little bland with a hint of sweetness. The bars have great texture. They are made with puffed wheat so they are very light and airy.
Conclusion: Full Bars are not a bad choice for a snack. They may, however, be a waste of money.