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Organic Food Bar (Belgium Chocolate Chip) Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Jan 31, 2011
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Organic Food Bar (Belgium Chocolate Chip)

The description of the Belgium Chocolate Chip Organic Food Bar on their website says, "Legend has it that Albert Einstein was eating chocolate when he came upon the theory of relativity. While chocolate may be good for the mind, we know it's good for the body. In fact, dark chocolate is one of the most potent antioxidants in nature, with a very high ORAC factor ("Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity" is a fancy term for how much a food protects you against free radical damage) ... While eating our ORGANIC FOOD BAR Chocolate Chip™ may not lead to historic discoveries, it will lead to a healthier body and a better mindset."

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 68 grams
Calories: 300
Total Fat: 15 grams, 23%
Saturated Fat: 2.5 grams, 13%
Sodium: 5 mg, 0%
Carbohydrates: 34 grams
Fiber: 7 grams, 28%
Sugar: 24 grams
Protein: 12 grams

That description made me want to tear into the bar immediately, so I got to work opening the wrapper, and taking my first bite non-too tentatively. Unlike the Organic Food Bar (Wild Blueberry), this variety was way too datey for my taste.
This one is made with almond butter, like the Wild Blueberry version, but unlike that fruit-flavored bar, here dates are the second ingredient. Not my favorite. Chocolate and dates just don't go together very well in my book. It seems to me that dates go best with fruit and maybe nuts - what do you guys think?

Anyway...the one thing I absolutely loved about these were the chocolate chips. Love that it added chocolate and flavor.

Each Belgium Chocolate Chip Organic Food Bar is quite hefty, weighing in at 68 grams. Thus, each one provides 310 calories, 15 grams of total fat, 2.5 grams of which is saturated fat (23% and 13% of the daily value), 7 grams of fiber (28% of the DV), 12 grams of protein and 24 grams of sugars. The ingredients are, Organic Almond Butter, Organic Dates, Organic Premium Blue Agave Nectar, Organic Dark Chocolate chips-Non-Dairy (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Chocolate Liquor), Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Bio SproutsTM - Flax, Organic Bio SproutsTM - Quinoa, Organic Sesame Seeds and Lots of Love!

I received a free sample of Organic Food Bar (Belgium Chocolate Chip), but these cost about $2.49 at the store. While, I do like the protein and fiber counts and the all natural ingredients list - that's about all I liked. Next time I won't be buying this one. The calorie count is not necessarily high for the size of the bar, the fat content is too high for me. Clif Chocolate Builders Bar, for example, is the same size and has less fiber, less calories and less fat - although a similar amount of saturated fat, plus less sugars (20 grams) and more protein (20 grams). Also, I don't need such a big bar - a 45 gram Gnu Foods Espresso Chip Flavor & Fiber Bar will do just fine - I could eat 2 of these bars, and still consume less calories, less sugar and less fat - but get more fiber and protein.

{Website: Organic Food Bar}

Rating
Taste: 3.5
Nutrition: 4.5
Price: 4.5
Overall: 3.5
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