Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Diet Product Review #4 - Fiber One Snack Bars

Another Diet Review….

I know it has been awhile since I did my last one…what can I say things get hectic in the house of Chaos….

As you are well aware if you are a reader of my blog (all 4.7 of you) I enjoy both a bit of good food and of course a good bargain…just crown me Coupon Queen

So I was sitting cutting out Coupons on Saturday morning when I came across one for Fiber One Snack Bars…hummm a snack bar that SHOUTS Fiber…I am all over that puppy…

The thing is when you are indoctrinated into the Weight Watchers way of life you actively start reading labels…sugar and oils be damned – we WWers don’t care about that…no we only care about the WW Trifecta…

· Calories
· Fat
· Fiber


Because those three things rule the world of WW… it is this Trifecta that allows us to figure out our beloved WW points – those points that dictate what we should and should not put in our greedy little mouths….

So basically put for every 50 calories in something = 1 point….now depending on the amount of fat and fiber it can make a point or two difference…and to someone living the WW way – a point is a BIG deal…for jiminy sake a point is a mini York Peppermint Patty….get with the program people…

Anyway - I saw a coupon for .75 cents off a box of the new Fiber One snack bars – according to the coupon the bars come in two versions – a Chocolate drizzle and a Peanut Butter one. BTW - General Mills has no mention of these bars on their web-site as of yet...so no pictures of the box - sorry

So off I went to the grocery store with the coupon in my hand…I cautiously walked down the snack isle…(note not all “healthy/diet” snack bars are the same…while some may have low fat…many have very low Fiber counts) and came across a box of Fiber One Peanut Butter bars…I snatched a box up and looked at the Trifecta…

Calories – 150 (ok…could be a little lower)
Fat – 4.5 (not to bad but for the size of the bar a little high)
Fiber – 9 grams (BINGO – we have a winner)

I did some quick calculating in my head and figured out at the most a bar would be 3 points…now since my ass is still rather large I do have a tendency to have a few points to throw around during the day…so 3 points for a snack bar – I can do that.

The cost of the box was $2.75, so with my coupon $2 for a box of 6 bars….33 cents each I can live with that.

As soon as I got to the car I grabbed the box and opened a bar…

HEAVENLY….this bar was fantastic – the bar is a good sized and not to dense, peppered with little peanut butter chips and held together with a little sticky goodness.

In looking at WW on-line the bar is in-fact 3 points…

What is interesting to note is while I was digging around the ‘net looking for a picture of the Fiber One Bar I came across the nutritional information for the Chocolate version of the bar (they didn’t have that version at my Grocery store) – it can be found HERE

What a difference 10 calories and .5 grams less of fat makes….when you calculate the Chocolate version it equals only TWO WW points…

One thing about Fiber – it does fill you up and it does help with the “plumbing” – cause after all you don’t want a backed-up plumbing system… No Fiber One picture - but apparently easy to find pictures of back-up Colons...Enjoy!

Overall

The Fiber One Peanut Butter bar hit all the right spots – it gave me a nice sweet treat to eat…gave me lots of fiber to help me feel full and yes…it did help with the “plumbing”

I would definitely buy this again (have another .75 cents off coupon) but I would probably buy the 2 point Chocolate version than the 3 point Peanut butter version and use the extra point for my York Peppermint Patty fetish…

3 comments:

Heather said...

Thanks again for the review, you are much more adventurous than I...I stick with the beloved Kashi Trail Mix bar.

Gretchen said...

Sounds good, as long as they don't make me poop my pants...

Anonymous said...

Okay, so my friends told me about these bars and mentioned that I might be constipated (just because my poop doesn't look like theirs, I suppose). I tried one four days ago and am STILL feeling the effects. This is a warning: it gives you terrible gas (I never pass gas and couldn't STOP after eating one bar) and makes the consistency of your bowels change dramatically. Just be prepared. Yeah, they do taste good, but so do M&Ms!