By: Sharon Mulry
Balance Bar Company has added a new line called Balance Outdoor, bars designed to sustain energy during outdoor activities. Balance Outdoor bars follow the 40-30-30 plan: 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat. In comparison, most sports energy bars are 75 percent or more carbohydrates and low in fat.
The 40-30-30 levels provide slower carbohydrate absorption. Each bar has 21 grams of carbohydrate and fat grams come from flax seeds, providing omega-3 essential fatty acids.
“The creation of the Balance Outdoor line was fueled by demand from our customers for on-the-go nutrition, no matter what the conditions,” says Jim Wolfe, president of Balance Bar Company.
“Now, because the bars are uncoated, whether you are rock climbing in the desert sun or hiking through the forest,” says Wolfe, “we have a product that will stand up to the elements and deliver great-tasting nutrition to keep you going.”
Dana Arnold, RD, CDE, a clinical dietitian and diabetes educator in Daly City, California, says that “speciality nutrition bars are a good choice for people ‘on the go,’ who might go seven or eight hours without food, risking hypoglycemia.”
Arnold warns that they should not be used for weight loss or to treat low blood sugars.
“They are typically not low in calories so they should not be used by persons with diabetes who are trying to lose weight. These types of bars would not be a good choice to treat a low blood sugar because they are specifically designed to be absorbed slowly to prevent a rapid rise in blood sugar.”