|1. Why do the bars contain different types of sugar? |
Sugars give our manufacturers the ability to control the glycemic response of the bars. Some sugars, like dextrose, enter the bloodstream rapidly. Others, such as fructose, breakdown much slower. This, along with a balanced combination of protein and fat creates a product that gradually increases blood glucose levels and maintains them for an extended period of time. The result is sustained energy and hunger satisfaction.
2. How much sugar is in the bar?
3. Why refined sugars?
4. With sugar as an ingredient, how can these bars be safe for diabetics and hypoglycemics?
This is the primary function of the Balance Bar. A small pilot study indicated that the composition of 40% carbohydrate and 30% each of protein and fat provides safe blood sugar response in insulin dependent (Type 1) and non-insulin dependent (Type 2) diabetics. The Balance bar is approved for advertising in all American Diabetes Association publications. HOWEVER, we recommend that all diabetics and hypoglycemics consult with their health care provider prior to using Balance products.
Furthermore, for those diabetics who still believe that sugars should be avoided, the American Diabetes Association revised their dietary recommendations in 1995. They stated that all types of sugar can be tolerated by diabetics, but stress the importance of combining them with a balanced meal to assure an agreeable glycemic response.
5. Do the bars contain lactose? Can lactose intolerant people consume the bar?
In most cases, lactose intolerant individuals can tolerate up to 5 grams of lactose without any symptoms. For a comparison, this is the amount found in 100 ml. (1/2 cup) of milk. As you can see, Honey Peanut, Chocolate, and Chocolate Raspberry Fudge Balance bars are well below the threshold for lactose intolerance. If you are lactose intolerant, please check with your physician before trying Balance bars. The information on the amount of lactose in the three flavors will help your physician determine if they are safe for you. In any case, if you are highly lactose intolerant, please avoid the lactose-containing flavors.
6. Why are the bars low in dietary fiber?
7. Why do the bars contain palm kernel oil?
The only other alternative would be to use a coating that contains hydrogenated oils. They are derived from a chemical process that gives polyunsaturated oils a more solid texture. Hydrogenation also disfigures the natural shape of the fat molecule and creates trans-fatty acids (TFAs). Unlike normal cis-shaped fatty acids, TFAs are not easily metabolized by the body. They are "super-saturated" fats that layer themselves on artery walls and interfere with the duties of healthy fats (creating essential fatty acid deficiencies). In fact, a large scale clinical study was performed which showed that eating as little as 5 grams of TFAs per day increased the risk of heart disease by 70%!
8. Isnt palm kernel oil bad for you?
Whether it is consumed in small amounts from our products, or eaten in moderation from other food sourcesunhydrogenated palm kernel oil (and other tropical oils) is generally considered healthful. Contrary to current beliefs, studies on individuals in countries that consume large amounts of palm oils show less incidence of heart disease than in the United States. We feel that Palm kernel oil is the healthiest choice for Balance bars.
9. How much monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat is in the bar?
10. What is the quality of the protein blend in the bar?
The reason we use both milk and soy proteins in Balance bars is that the blend of the two results in a P.E.R. far higher than either of the proteins individually. Where milk is deficient in methionine (its limiting amino acid), soy protein possesses higher levels. Therefore, the combination of milk and soy will boost the overall P.E.R. (2.8).
Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) is a newer scale that, most nutritionists beleive, has more relevance on human nutrition than the P.E.R. It measures a proteins individual amino acid composition. A deficiency of any one of the essential amino acids will lower the overall score of the protein. The PDCAAS scale ranges from 0.4-1.0. High quality proteins score within the range of .99-1.0. All flavors of Balance bars score within this range.
11. How much caffeine is in each bar?
12. Do the bars that have chocolate coatings or textures actually contain chocolate?
13. Are the bars gluten-free?
14. Do the bars contain the flavor enhancer, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)?
15. Do the bars contain any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives?
16. All flavors of the bar have a statement on their wrappers, "May Contain Traces of Various Nuts". What does this intend?
"May Contain Traces of Various Nuts" simply means that under rare conditions, a small nut fragment may enter the product via the machinery or raw materials during manufacturing. The statement appears as a warning to those individuals who are highly allergic to nuts.
17. Is it safe for those that are pregnant or nursing to consume the bar?
18. Can children use the bar?
19. Why should you drink water with the bar? What is wrong with drinking beverages such as coffee, soda or juice?
Beverages such as juice and most sodas contain sugars (carbohydrates), while coffee (and sodas) contains caffeine. When combined with the bar, these ingredients stimulate the secretion of insulin. This may affect the bars ability to help provide hunger satisfaction for an extended period of time.
20. What is the bars shelf life?
21. How can you tell when the bars have been manufactured?
22. What is the glycemic index of the bar?
The Balance bar is a multiple-ingredient food product (contains carbohydrate, protein, and fat), thus it is not included in the glycemic index. Remember, the glycemic index measures individual (mostly carbohydrate dense) food items.
23. Are Balance bars "Zone" favorable?
24. Are Balance bars truly within a 40-30-30 ratio?
It is important to note that 40-30-30 is based on percentage of calories and not grams. Each of the three macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein and fat) must first be converted in to calories. Secondly, the calories from each are divided in to the total calories of the bar. The sum will be 40% carbohydrate and 30% each of protein and fat.
The preceding information on Balance Nutritional Products should not serve as medical advice. Before using them, for any purpose, an individual should always consult with their physician.
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