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Energy Bars for Diabetics

By JoAnne Barbieri

Energy bars, in moderation, are great to use as a meal supplement or a workout snack. Many energy bars are not good choices for diabetics because they are packed with sugars, carbohydrates and artificial sweeteners. Selecting these high glycemic products would cause large surges in your blood sugar levels. However, there are a number of energy bars that have low glycemic levels and are made from natural sugar supplements.

Granola Gourmet Energy Bar

Granola Gourmet's energy bars are low-glycemic, made with whole ingredients and do not contain dairy or wheat products. These vegan bars contain approximately 10 g of sugar, allowing for a slow increase of blood sugar overtime. They are a great selection for you since they are not high fat, high sodium or high sugar. You can enjoy a variety of flavors, such as ultimate berry, chocolate espresso and brownie by either purchasing them on-line or in your local grocery store.

SoLo Energy Bar

SoLo Energy Bars are low glycemic and are marketed to athletes because of their balance between carbohydrates, proteins, fat and fiber needed for optimal endurance performance. Due to this balanced nutrition, you will not experience energy crashes or feel tired after consuming the product. There are approximately five flavor choices, including berry bliss, lemon lift, and peanut power, that can be purchased on-line or in selected grocery stores.

Power Bar Performance Energy

Known as the original energy bar, Power Bar Performance Energy bars contain a 2:1 glucose to fructose balance to enhance your performance levels. They are low in fat and do not contain artificial flavors. According to Powerbar.com, these products provide the appropriate carbohydrate and protein exchanges recommended by the American Diabetic Association. Flavors include vanilla crisp, banana, and oatmeal raisin, and they can be purchased in packages from the company website.

Tri 3Bar

Tri 3Bar energy bars are intended for triathletes, but they can also be enjoyed by diabetics. Composed of all-natural ingredients, these energy bars are gluten-free and low-glycemic, helping to prevent blood sugar surges and crashes. A Tri 3Bar breakfast challenge is available to help enhance your energy levels over the course of 21 days. Three flavors, blueberry blast, tropical tri, and cocoa crunch, are offered for on-line purchase separately or as a multi-pack.

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