Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Product Review: NuGo® Dark, Mint Chocolate Chip (Gluten Free)

Product Info: Gluten free, dairy free, vegan. Kosher Pareve.

Allergen info: Contains soy. Processed in facility with equipment that has contact with products containing peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and egg.

Overall Rating: A

Although I am not a huge advocate for supplement bars, these Nugo® nutrition bars might just be the exception to the rule as my new guilty pleasure! Nugo® offers a series of different lines to accommodate to a variety of nutritional needs including gluten free, vegan, low sugar, organic, and high protein. Each individual bar (not product line) has its own unique combination to fit a variety of nutritional requirements. Although I found this to be initially confusing, my best suggestion is to thoroughly check the labeling on each bar (even if it is in the same product line as another bar). NuGo® Dark, Mint Chocolate Chip, for example, is gluten free. However, it is the only variety in the dark line that happens to be gluten free. Note: They also have a full gluten free line called Nugo® Free.

*Special Note: I just received an email from NuGo® with their new updated info  that NuGo® Dark Peanut Butter Cup and NuGo Dark Chocolate Pretzel were recently certified gluten-free!!  You should start seeing the new certified gluten-free wrappers in stores along with Mint. Also, NuGO® Slim is certified gluten-free and contains only two grams of sugar from REAL Dark Chocolate and chicory root - no sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners!*

These bars taste surprisingly pretty good. The dark chocolate is rich, but not too rich and the texture has a nice combination of crispy and chewy. The Nugo® company takes much pride in the fact that they use real dark chocolate, as opposed to chocolate flavored vegetable oils that some of their competitors use. Their greatest accomplishment however, is that my husband likes them, which for those who don’t know, my husband is the pickiest eater on the planet!

The dietetic profile isn’t too bad. The entire bar has a total of 200 calories, which is a common number range for nutrition bars. The bar has a total 10 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. The bar also has 14 grams of sugar (which is a pretty high, but not terrible considering that the bar is completely covered in chocolate).


Would I purchase again: YES.

Palatability grade: A

Potential for improvement: So, so.

Dietetic Profile: A-

Overall Grade: A

Where to buy: http://store.nugonutrition.com/ or amazon.com 

For more info:

Here is the link to see all of the gluten-free bars. http://store.nugonutrition.com/category/gluten-free-nutrition-bars.html

Here is our special dietary needs chart. http://store.nugonutrition.com/category/bycategory.html

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