Foods Flavor and Fiber Bars:
It's new and its
gnu: the flavor and fiber bar from Gnu foods. We
recently got to sample these high fiber – and of
course trans fat free – bars and we're sharing
the results of our experience with you!
The Gnu bars
Gnu bars currently come in four flavors:
cinnamon raisin, banana walnut, orange cranberry
and chocolate brownie. Each variety is only 130
calories, except for the brownie, which is a
very reasonable 140. Doing Weight Watchers? Gnu
has you covered – each bar is 2 Weight Watchers
Their gnu bars are incredibly high fiber, low
fat and sweetened only with fruit juice (no high
fructose corn syrup). The folks at Gnu also use
organic whole wheat flour and their recipes are
vegan and Kosher.
How much fiber? Each bar packs a walloping 12
grams of fiber (9 grams soluble, 3 grams
insoluble) – almost half the recommended daily
fiber allowance for most people. Already using a
fiber supplement? You'd have to drink four
8-ounce glasses of Metamucil or eat four of the
Metamucil cinnamon fiber wafers to get that much
fiber, and those have added refined sugar or
The small amount of fat in Gnu foods' bars comes
from canola oil (and in the case of the banana
walnut, also from the nuts). They are trans fat
free and have a very reasonable 3 grams of fat.
Why is fiber so important?
In case you haven't heard (perhaps you've been
under a rock for the last decade), fiber is an
incredibly important part of a healthy diet.
What's so great about fiber?
* Fiber helps lower blood cholesterol levels;
that means it helps to keep your heart healthy
* Fiber helps things, ahem, keep moving in your
digestive tract. A healthy digestive system
needs fiber to function
* Fiber satisfies you. Foods that are high in
fiber take longer to digest; this means you are
not immediately hungry again after eating. For
those trying to lose weight or maintain a weight
loss, a high fiber diet is natural assistance.
This slower digestion process has also been
shown to have some benefit for diabetics.
Who is Gnu?
Gnu is a small East coast company, specializing
in natural, healthy foods. You can find them
online at www.gunufoods.com. They also sell
their flavor and fiber bars through the Vitamin
Shoppe (across the country), Balducci's, Stew
Leonard's, Fairway Market's and Mrs. Green's
retailers. Select Whole Foods locations also
stock the bars. Don't have any of these
retailers nearby? You can also order directly
from Gnu via their web site.
So, they're really healthy and low calorie and
low fat and all those good things. But, the
really important thing is – How do they taste?
The fine folks at Gnu were kind enough to
provide samples for us and here are our tasting
Chocolate Brownie Gnu: Of course we had to start
with the chocolate brownie bar. It was moist,
rich, dense and chewy. We were excited that it
didn't have any of the dry "chewing on hay"
mouth feel that some high fiber products on the
market offer. Delicious. This was a treat.
The little one in our household thought it was
almost "too" chocolatey, but we maintain there
is no such thing. She ate half of it,
nonetheless. (Harumph. There went my bar.)
Cinnamon Raisin: Next we tested the cinnamon
raisin. Wow. This is like a chewy oatmeal raisin
cookie of the very best kind. Yum. The little
one (who also claims not to like raisins) ate
half my bar again. Four thumbs up on this one.
Banana Walnut: Ooh. Like good banana bread, the
banana walnut is moist and chewy, flavorful and
We haven't tried the Orange Cranberry yet, but
will as soon as we can get a judge who actually
likes orange flavored things to co-taste. We
don't want to bias the results with our
orange-disliking gang here.
The only downsides to the Gnu bars? I did have
to get a piece of dental floss in one instance
for a piece of fiber that got lodged in my
teeth, but they didn't feel fibery when I was
eating them. And, I can't buy them anywhere that
I regularly shop for such things (if they were
at Trader Joe's, we'd be really hooked!).
So, we highly and emphatically recommend the Gnu
bars for those looking for
healthy snacks or
those who are looking for a way to work some
extra fiber into their diets.