Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Oats 'n Honey

By sam1376 Latest Reply 2011-04-11 19:05:26 -0500
Started 2011-04-08 11:22:32 -0500

do you guys know if those bars are good for diabetic type 1?
would it be with my breakfast or just a snack?

12 replies

WendyFR 2011-04-11 19:05:26 -0500 Report

I agree with Type1Lou as well, those have too many carbs for me. I normally eat the South Beach protein bars.

Type1Lou 2011-04-10 11:06:23 -0500 Report

Like MoeGig, I only eat those types of bars if I'm treating a low. Get in the habit of checking the ingredients and carb values of everything you buy and eat. If you do, you'll be surprised that many of the "healthy" versions of some foods (like salad dressings) have more carbs than the "regular" versions. By diminishing the carbs you eat, you'll get better control and lessen your chances of developing those nasty complications…but you have to give up a lot of those yummy foods. Wishing you strength in making the right decisions!

RAYT721 2011-04-08 21:54:18 -0500 Report

I prefer the Atkins bars with only like 2-3 net carbs and many flavors like the Cinnamon Bun. I don't notice they affect my glucose at all but every body and everybody is different. Let your meter tell you how your body handles it.

MoeGig 2011-04-08 20:23:13 -0500 Report

Once again, avoid these bars. You will have to take a lot more humalog (fast acting) insulin to cover these carbs INHO. This will lower your ability to control your blood sugar. I only eat one of these if I need to cover a low BG (80 or less). As a Type 1 for 46 years, you really have to change your diet if you want to avoid major complications. If you want some background on this suggestion, check out my blog:

sam1376 2011-04-08 22:38:12 -0500 Report

Man that link was amazing—i learnt a lot that i really needed to learn
Thank you so much Moe

tabby9146 2011-04-08 15:52:17 -0500 Report

I love those and eat them often. Just wish they had more fiber. I like most of the kashi bars, not all, but I like that, they are like Nature Valley, very natural, not that many ingredients either. I am always on the lookout for good snacks, that are healthy, have at least 3 grams or more of fiber, some protein, low fat and low calorie, and low carb, so that is hard!! I do like the Fiber One but high maltose corn syrup that can't be good and palm kernel oil, but if I stayed away from everything that hd that, then that is almost everthing in any store. I am glad it doesn't have any partially hydrogenated oils, I try to stay away from those.

sam1376 2011-04-08 19:50:00 -0500 Report

I hear you but actually I wasn't that way till i was diagnosed with diabetes!!! Now I look mire for something to snack on

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Bunny Cakes 2011-04-08 14:56:47 -0500 Report

For me they granola and fiber bars are a safe treat though by looking at the labels I prefer FiberOne and FiberPlus bars to NatureValley because they have a better Fiber and Protein to Sugar ratio than the Nature Valley bars do. I think they had more vitamins as well.

That said, they are only an occasional treat or snack for me as they do tend to have a lot of carbs for their small size. I have them mostly on mornings when I'm out working and might not have had the chance for a decent breakfast or because I'm doing more work than my normal breakfast will cover fuel-wise.

As JayBee says go by what you meter says but also look at labels, if your meter says it's okay you should also try to pack the most nutrition into your snack as well so you're eating a few empty carbs as you can.

Harlen 2011-04-08 13:11:07 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
As a T2 I just can not have it just too menny carbs
Hope this helps
Best wishes

jayabee52 2011-04-08 12:28:32 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC, Sam!

Right off the top of my head, with the type of ingredients listed in the title, I would say it would be something I would avoid (as a t2) due to too many carbs. To be able to say definitively more information from the "Nutrition information" panel would be needed. Info such as serving size (all 1 bar or is it parts of the bar) and how many carbs are listed.

But really NONE of us can tell you if it's good for you. Only your glucometer can. Take your Blood glucose number("BG#") (your "baseline") eat the "serving size" of the bar, and retest your BG# in 2 hrs. If it raises your BG# more than 50 pts in that time, it would not be recommended to consume that again.

Blessings to you and yours,


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