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Munch your way to good intestinal balance with these tasty probiotic granola bars from Attune. Photography by Claire Freierman | THE NIBBLE.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

KAREN HOCHMAN is Editorial Director of THE NIBBLE.

 

 

March 2008
Updated July 2009

Product Reviews / NutriNibbles / NutriSnacks

Attune Wellness Bars

A Probiotic Bar A Day Keeps The Doctor Away:
Improve Your Health & Wellness With Probiotic Foods

 

CAPSULE REPORT: If you have digestive problems, as almost everyone knows today, a daily dose of healthy probiotic cultures can be your new best friend. Probiotics originally meant ingesting a large concentration of active cultures in yogurt or other dairy products. Now, Attune wellness bars offer a tasty nondairy alternative: grab-and-go chocolate and granola bars that, unlike dairy, require no refrigeration and are great for the lactose intolerant. And, unlike yogurts, you can get your daily probiotics for as few as 80 calories, in a chocolate bar! The line is all natural, with vegan- and gluten-free choices. The products are not yet kosher-certified, but the company is pursuing certification. This is Page 1 of a three-page review. Click on the black links below to visit other pages.

Overview

First there were candy bars for energy. (Going on a hike? Take a peanut-filled Snickers.) Then, protein bars promised to be more nutritious than a peanut and chocolate candy bar. Next came energy bars, glamorized with nutrients and fancy flavors. Now, wellness bars have debuted, a new kind of functional food to cure ills. Attune probiotic bars, a standard-bearer, is packed with beneficial probiotic bacteria (a.k.a. active cultures).

While the labels herald that the bars contain five times the amount of beneficial probiotic bacteria as found in yogurt, this claim is disingenuous: It compares apples to oranges. The comparison is made to regular yogurt, not probiotic yogurt. The numbers are the same compared to probiotic yogurt, which is available in any supermarket. It bugs us that a company selling a wellness product couldn’t add one word to its marketing claim in the interest of clarity and education for the consumer. We hope the labels are reprinted, they’ll say “5X the live cultures in regular yogurt.” 

But if you don’t choose to stand on principle, anyone in your family, age three years or older, who needs some digestive boost from probiotic bacteria, can nibble on an Attune bar instead of a yogurt. Probiotics have been proven in studies to help promote strong, healthy digestive and immune systems. (Note that if you have a specific digestive ailment, you should consult your healthcare practitioner before using any remedy.)

Who should be happy about this? People who need the benefits of probiotics (more about that in a minute), who:

  • Like the convenience of a bar, which doesn’t need to be refrigerated like dairy products
  • Are lactose intolerant
  • Want an alternative to yogurt and other probiotic dairy foods
  • Enjoy eating granola bars and chocolate bars (uh...how many people are not in this group?)

Here’s another little tidbit: Even if you’re not a candidate for probiotics because your intestinal health is normally just peachy, if you’re taking antibiotic medication, you may want to speak with your healthcare provider about augmenting your diet with probiotics. Antibiotics kill good bacteria, including the ones in your digestive system, along with the bad bacteria. Research suggests that it is best to have probiotics in your diet while you take antibiotics.

Attune Granola Bars
Grab-and-go bars require no refrigeration.
Here, Attune’s probiotic granola bars.

Attune wellness bars are found in the refrigerator case, in the dairy/yogurt aisle (you can also purchase them online—see the information at the end of this article). While it’s best to store them in the refrigerator, to preserve the life of the live probiotic bacteria, the probiotics still will be effective when stored for a couple of weeks at normal ambient temperatures.

We’ve got to disclose that nobody on the NIBBLE staff has digestive problems—that could be a career-ender for a food writer! So we can’t tell you whether, after 14 days, we saw any digestive benefits. But we did enjoy the taste, which is why we’re writing about Attune. With our morning coffee or as a snack during the day, Attune wellness bars were guilt-free nibbling compared to the normal list of temptations. (The chocolate bar has 100 calories, 60 from fat; the granola bars, 170 calories, 70 from fat—and all those probiotics.)

But for those who do want to see improved wellness, the company recommends a 14-day initial trial for digestive benefits, and, for optimal immunity benefits, a daily Attune bar for at least four weeks. The manufacturer underscores that each person has a unique digestive bacterial community, so the particular probiotic cultures in Attune bars may not be equally effective for everyone. But if you find “a feeling of vitality and overall health and wellness”—and a happier tummy—after two or four weeks, you’ll be very happily Attuned.

Continue To Page 2: What Are Probiotic Foods

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